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Cabinet Construction Styles – Stock vs. Semi-Custom vs. Custom Cabinetry

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Cabinet Construction Styles

With any kitchen renovation or new construction, the first question that you will likely need to answer is, “Where should I get my cabinets from?” Well…you will probably need to answer a few more questions before you even get to this point, actually. “How much do I want to customize my kitchen?” or “What type of quality am I looking for?” and “What is my budget?” are three solid questions that will guide you to the next question. What’s the difference between Stock, Semi Custom and Custom cabinets? Below is an explanation of the three different types.


Stock cabinetry is your best bet when you’re looking for the bottom dollar. This type of cabinetry is usually mass-produced in factories and shipped as soon as it is ordered. Stock cabinets are manufactured in predetermined sizes with a standard width starting at 9 inches wide and incrementing by 3 inches all the way up to 48 inches wide. Lower price, minimal quality and lack of customization are the drawbacks. The cabinetry is typically constructed out of particle board, with a simulated wood grain paper-laminate. The cabinet doors are routed out of a single piece of medium density fiberboard (better known as MDF) and finished by a process called “Foil Wrapping” in which a plastic material is heat treated and shrunk to conform to the door contours. Customization is tough when there is a limited selection of styles and finishes to choose from.


The next step up from stock cabinetry is semi-custom. Semi-custom cabinetry is essentially stock cabinetry with a few extra customization options. The basic cabinet construction and sizes remain the same, but there is the option to change cabinet depths, door and drawer sizes and the ability to choose a higher grade finish. The standard width starts at 9 inches and increments 1 inch to 48 inches. The depths can either be increased or reduced according to preferences.


Custom cabinetry is almost self-explanatory. The options are essentially limitless. Because each project is built to order, cabinet shapes and sizes, wood specie, door styles, finishes, interior options and hardware can be almost anything the client desires. The cabinet construction as well as the finish is higher quality.

At Colonial Craft Kitchens, Custom cabinetry is our “sweet-spot”. For 30 years, quality construction with the best materials and a superb finishes has been the bread and butter of our success. Maybe you’ve been thinking about updating the cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom for a while now, but you’re not sure what’s right for you. We would be glad to help you out and answer any questions you may have. Our desire is to make your kitchen, bathroom or any custom project, the best experience possible.


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