Custom Cabinets – What Does This Term Mean?

If you’ve been looking around for kitchen cabinets in Mississauga, then you’ve probably seen one or two companies advertising that they do custom cabinetry or are a custom cabinet company. While it sounds good to hear you can get custom made kitchen cabinets, what does it even mean? Does every company refer to the same thing?

There are generally three different categories in the world of kitchen cabinets. They are stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and custom cabinets. To explain the overall difference in simplistic terms, the comparison levels between stock cabinets and custom cabinets are like getting a lunch popped out by a vending machine and getting a lunch made by a Michelin star chef.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets are also known as pre-built cabinets. Pre-built kitchen cabinets come in standard sizes and are a budget-friendly choice for those that want to save some money. They can be installed in a fraction of the time that it takes to install completely custom cabinets. While there are several cabinet different options to choose from, the choices don’t come close to what you would get with semi-custom or fully custom kitchen cabinetry.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

With semi-custom cabinets, they aren’t built until after the order has been received. There is a larger range of configuration styles that you can choose from, and you’ll be given more choice on personal preference. You’ll still have to follow a catalog of pre-set design patterns, but some things can be adjusted.

  • Customizable front
  • Increased depth of cabinets or width
  • Interior Colors that match
  • Extended stiles

Semi-custom cabinets can be thought of as given a menu when they sit down at a restaurant.

Custom Cabinets

If you want your own chef when it comes to custom-built cabinets, then this is the option to go with. Whatever your creative cabinet mind can think of, you can probably get the kitchen cabinets designed that way. Custom made kitchen cabinets are uniquely designed by cabinet companies that adjust everything from:

  • Drawers
  • Doors
  • Frames
  • Box

Custom made cabinets are by far, the most flexible option to go with to get your kitchen looking exactly how you envision it. The increased flexibility also comes with an increased price. You won’t be limited to a pre-set cabinet size, and you can have more storage space if you desire.

What To Do If Custom Isn’t Really Custom

There is the chance that you’ll come across a cabinet company that’ll advertise the cabinet being custom, but then not actually manufacture the cabinets, but will just order them from a third-party supplier, and then put them together and install them in your kitchen.

If this does happen, there is a higher chance of mistakes happening because the customer doesn’t get a chance to tell the ones making the cabinets exactly what they want. If mistakes do end up happening, then other issues can result from that, such as cabinet material having to be transported back and forth from the warehouse to the home. All of this can cost extra money and result in a higher chance of damage to the kitchen cabinets.
Even though the company might be advertising custom cabinets, the customer will also be restricted in the final choice of the materials being used, as well as the design.

Ensure to do your research in cabinet companies before selecting a fully custom design. Speak to the company and tell them exactly what you want for your kitchen. Compare pricing between vendors, and make the best decision that will best fit your style.

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