Kitchen Cabinets – Stock, Semi-Custom or Custom? What's the Difference?

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Stock cabinets are the least expensive option and ideally priced for homeowners on a budget. Stock cabinets come in standard sizes and shapes and are typically in stock and ready for you totake home the same day.Semi-custom cabinets offer homeowners more styles, shapes and sizes than they would find in the stock cabinet category however the more flexible options do come with a higher price tag and longer delivery time. Typically semi-custom cabinets are built after you have placed your order.

Custom cabinets are the most expensive. They are handcrafted and made to exact specifications. Whether that means an irregular shaped cabinet, an artistic rendering or whatever design concepts the homeowner plans. Custom kitchen cabinets vary greatly in price depending on the cabinetmaker’s prestige and skills, materials used, project difficulty and schedule (as with anything the sooner you need it the more it will cost).

So how do you decide which kitchen cabinet type is best for you? Ask yourself if budget, style flexibility or customization is important. If you are flexible on style and standard sized and shaped cabinets fit your design plan and your budget is tight then perhaps the stock or semi-custom cabinets are a better fit. If style flexibility and non-standard space requirements must be met then your options are semi-custom or the more expensive handcrafted custom cabinets.