Purchasing cabinetry for a kitchen can and should be a major decision on the part of a homeowner. Cabinetry takes up a major amount of space in the kitchen, making it one of the most featured and prominent aspects of a luxury kitchen. Therefore, great care should be taken in understanding the types of kitchen cabinetry that are available on the market as well as the benefits of each.
Kitchen cabinets are available in three major categories:
Below is an in-depth exploration of each of these major categories.
Custom cabinetry is cabinetry that is designed and fabricated directly based on specifications and measurements dictated by the purchaser. Because custom cabinets are fabricated on demand, the purchaser has a wind range of options for personalization of the cabinetry. Purchasers are therefore able to pick the color, material, style, size, hardware, amenities, and functionality of each aspect of the cabinetry. The biggest benefit to custom cabinetry is the high level of customization.
The major drawback to custom luxury cabinetry is cost. Because the pieces are created directly for the user, the cost of the pieces is very high. Further, custom pieces are not eligible for return or exchange, so a purchaser must be very aware of his or her end needs before placing an order.
Because many homes and kitchens contain similar dimensions, a set of common measurements that represents a range of ‘normal’ kitchen conditions is available for semi-custom cabinetry. In this instance, the pieces are fabricated on demand the same way they would be with custom cabinetry, but they are built based on these set specifications. Because measurements are chosen from a grid of norms, kitchens often do contain a little extra space than the normalized specifications cover. In this instance, ‘spacers’ — empty spaces with the facades of cabinets to mask them — are incorporated into the overall cabinetry layout.
Semi-custom cabinetry is considered more economical to produce than custom cabinetry, due to the use of common specifications.
Because semi-custom cabinetry is fabricated for the user, the purchaser has a wide range of options by way of materials, colors, and hardware.
Stock cabinetry offers standard sizes that can be purchased at a show room. Despite the fact that they are not manufactured specifically for the person who is purchasing them, stock cabinets do offer a wide range of choices by way of style. Stock cabinets are manufactured in a variety of materials, finishes, and styles. Amenities to make the cabinets the most useful in the high-end kitchen are often included in stock cabinetry, with the most popular features being included most. Features include wine racks, spice racks, and lazy susans.
Stock cabinetry is considered the most affordable option for purchasing cabinetry as it does not involve direct labor for the end user. Of course, because stock cabinetry comes in a set variety of sizes, it does not always fit perfectly in a kitchen space. This should be considered when purchasing stock cabinetry.