Custom or Stock Cabinets – Which to Choose?

By Lora Davis | Submitted On May 12, 2016

When you decide that it is time to remodel your kitchen starting with your cabinets, which should you choose? Should it be custom cabinets or stock cabinets? Both cabinets have their own advantages and disadvantages but only after you look at your requirements and lifestyle should you decide which one to buy. Both can serve your basic purposes and look great.

Custom cabinets

This type of cabinet is made to fit your requirements in any given space and is made-to-order. There are no specific features of this type of cabinet except that you can add the following and more from custom cabinets.

• Silent hinges
• Drawers that are soft closing
• Corner shelves
• Cabinets that are customized according to your utensil size
• Crown molding that is ornate
• Sliding cutting boards
• Designer pulls and knobs.

With custom cabinets you have the ability to include almost any feature you want with more options in texture, finish, and design. These cabinets can be made so that they will fit into odd spaces such as angular or curved walls. They also have a longer lifespan, which can be fifteen to twenty or more years. It is easy to refinish them and they can be designed to accommodate large items like big pots and pans. There are also drawbacks with these cabinets and one is that they can become very expensive. Since they are customized, the work to build them can be done on or off site.

Stock cabinets

This type of cabinet is built on a big scale with the wall cabinets built one day and the next day the base cabinets are built. These are the cabinets that you just order from the shelf by looking at a brochure and letting the sales clerk know which ones you want and hope that they will fit into your kitchen. Some of the features of stock cabinets include:

• They are assembly ready.
• Come in sizes with three inch increments starting with nine inch widths and ending with forty-eight inches
• The standard height is between thirty and thirty-six inches
• The standard depth is twenty-four inches for the base cabinets and twelve inches for the wall cabinets.
• The material most often used is particle boards
• Standard hardware

These cabinets are affordable and available with fast delivery and installation immediately. There is a wide array of finishes. The drawbacks are styling options are limited, cannot be refinished, and have a short lifespan of ten years.

If you are remodeling your kitchen and want to make it unique choose custom cabinets.

This article is penned by Lora Davis for Diamond Remodelers who are the leading company providing remodeling in Miami services. From custom cabinets to interior painting they do it all.

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