If you’re in the market for replacing your cabinets, you have choices. No matter where the cabinets will be installed in your home, you can choose from stock cabinets or custom cabinetry.
Stock cabinets are available at your local big-box hardware store or discount outlet. They are limited in size, dimensions, colors, types of materials, and features. They are usually less expensive than going with custom cabinetry but you are restricted in getting add-ons that you may want.
There are many additional features available with custom cabinetry. You can opt for specific woods, sizes, inserts, and colors that are not accessible in stock cabinets. You can get a unique look and the functionality to meet your needs and preferences. All that, plus the beauty that enhances your decor.
Types of Cabinets
There are basically three different types of cabinets: custom, semi-custom, and stock.
Custom cabinetry is designed and built to fit your preferences and space. It usually involves you and the custom cabinetry maker (and sometimes a separate designer) to create the look and features you want. If your home has an odd layout or unique measurements, custom cabinetry can maximize the space with cabinets built to your precise dimensions.
Semi-custom cabinetry will offer some custom features like decorative additions or custom finishes. They won’t be tailored as much to your space requirements but you can order different types of drawers, doors, and cabinet depths.
Stock cabinetry is definitely the most affordable solution for new cabinets. Some may offer a few choices in colors and finishes; however, you won’t get the quality, choices, or most of the features that custom cabinetry offers.
Don’t Settle for Stock Cabinets
When you realize all the extras that you can get with custom cabinetry, you’ll probably conclude that custom cabinetry wins hands-down.
1. Cabinets that Fit in Your Space
Stock cabinets are made in sizes that fit “standard” openings. Many homes, especially those that are custom-built, may have spaces that don’t conform to those dimensions. Custom cabinetry is built to fit each opening snugly. There is no lost space or gaps between or around the cabinets.
2. More Storage Capacity
Because they are custom-made to fit your needs, the cabinets will have more storage space. They can be made with larger and deeper drawers, include extra inserts or dividers inside, and feature locked compartments for safekeeping. Because the design comes from you, and the design dictates the construction, you’ll get exactly what you need.
3. Solid Wood Construction
Most stock cabinets are constructed using a blend of plywood and particleboard. Custom cabinetry, like that made by Safina Custom Cabinetry, is made from solid wood, both inside and out. This allows for sturdier construction that can withstand heavy objects and resist damage from moisture. Particleboard may sag under the weight of a countertop made with heavy materials, like cement or marble.
4. Soft-Close Hinges
You might be able to find some stock cabinets that feature soft-close hinges, but custom cabinetry offers them on all their cabinets. Once you’ve discovered the benefits of soft-close hinges, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them. No more noisy doors or cracked wood from slamming the doors. Instead, you’ll barely hear the whisper as they slowly shut with barely a touch.
Soft-close hinges aren’t limited to cabinet doors either. They can work wonderfully on cabinet drawers as well.
5. Full Back Panels
Custom cabinetry is made using heavy, full-back panels made of plywood. This ensures durability and strength. Cheaper stock cabinets use thin picture-frame construction with metal hang rails that can result in them falling from the weight.
6. Multiple Door Styles
Custom cabinetmakers offer a variety of door styles to choose from. Safina offers over 30 door styles, including their private collection that features selections that are unique and one-of-a-kind. You won’t get nearly as much diversity with stock cabinets.
7. Various Wood Finishes and Colors
You are restricted in your selection of colors and finishes when you purchase stock cabinets. Custom cabinetry can offer several choices in wood finishes. They can also stain the surface in virtually any color imaginable to match your color scheme.
8. Extra Add-ons
Don’t settle for ordinary cabinets where the cabinet meets the wall. With custom cabinetry, you can get decorative features added like cornices, crown molding, and more. Your cabinets will look as unique and as beautiful as you want.
Choose Custom Cabinetry Made by the Experts
When you want the best cabinets that offer the highest quality workmanship, include a wide variety of finishes and styles, and come with many extras, choose Safina Custom Cabinetry. We design and create fine Italian-inspired cabinetry for those homeowners looking for the finest cabinetry that meets their needs.
Contact us today to start creating the look you’ve always wanted.