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 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
Custom cabinetry is cabinetry that is designed and
fabricated directly based on a 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 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 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