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Unboxing Cabinet Confusion: Stock, Semi-Custom, & Custom

custom cabinetsKitchens and bathrooms are the top things prospective homebuyers look for, and remember, in homes on the market today. Just flipping on HGTV opens up a world of beautiful kitchens and bathrooms, some custom, some out-of-the-box.

Customers at Hudson Valley Kitchens frequently question the difference between custom cabinets and semi-custom or stock. The more you understand about the differences, the more educated a decision you can make on what is right for your home, your needs, and your family.

Stock Cabinets

These cabinets are exactly as they sound. They generally come from a large factory in a box, unassembled. They come in pretty standard sizes, meaning you won’t be able to have an oddball size made up of a certain stock cabinet you like. What you see is what you get. And, they are generally going to be the lowest price point among these three categories.

However, just because they are premade in large quantities and cheaper does not mean you are necessarily sacrificing quality. That all depends on the company and material used to make the cabinets. Some cabinet companies produce very high-quality stock cabinets with high-end finishes. On the flip side, you can also enter into a world of shoddy carpentry.

If you choose the stock cabinet route, just be aware that you may still have to order some of the cabinets from the manufacturer; they may not all be sitting in the back room ready to rock and roll.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

This can be a good in between option during your kitchen remodel, and are very common. Just like stock cabinets, you have a catalog of cabinets from which to choose a look, hardware, finishes, etc. This catalog will likely have more options all around than the stock cabinet catalog.

Unlike stock cabinets, you can now order custom dimensions to a certain degree. This can help you avoid the use of fillers that cover up gaps between cabinets, and get the most out of the space you have. Overall, choosing the semi-custom route will give you better design and sizing options.

However, there is a downside to all this flexibility: cost. The more you change up the standard sizes and options, the more you will pay. Every time you change the size (up or down) of a cabinet, the price will go up. If you need a whole lot of changes, you could be looking at a pretty large price tag for your new cabinets. At that point, considering full custom might be a good option.

Custom Cabinets

Custom = anything goes. This is your kitchen, and you can get what you want. If you want matte hot pink cabinets to match your canary yellow fridge, then by all means let’s do it. The sky is the limit with sizing, styles and colors. Plus, most of these cabinets are built by local cabinet shops, giving you the added benefit (if it’s something that makes you smile) that they are made in America.

With custom cabinets, you lose all need for fillers because the cabinets can be built in any shape or size imaginable.

This is the most expensive option. However, you carry the benefit of the cabinets being locally made – so you’re supporting a local business and the community, can rest easy that the quality and workmanship will be top-of-the-line, and if something should go wrong, help is just down the street.

Now that you have all the details on finding the right cabinets for your new kitchen, the sky is the limit! And Hudson Valley Kitchens is here to make your culinary dreams come true (Sorry, we can’t make you a better cook – just make you look better doing it.)

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