Kitchen & Bath Design

Choosing a Cabinet Maker 

Cabinet Makers are not all created equal.  Choosing a cabinetmaker should be done carefully.  Think about their personality.  Their personality should work with yours.

Also, look at a portfolio or website gallery.  Get references from former clients.  See if they have any complaints against them.

Choosing a Type of Cabinet

Modular (stock) Cabinets are the most common cabinet that can be purchased at the big box stores.  They are available in limited sizes and colors from a manufacturer. Normally, they have to be ordered. They are sold in 3″ increments (width) and fillers must be used in the gaps.  Most manufacturers use particle board with a paper thin veneer on each side for the cases and shelves.  Shelves are usually 5/8″ thick and supported on plastic clips.

Although the fronts and door frames can be real wood, some manufacturers use particle board with veneer for the door panels.

Ready to Assemble (RTA) Cabinets are shipped and stored flat and are assembled by the consumer using quick connect hardware already installed in the pieces.

They are also modular in design and require filler strips for the gaps. Most of these cabinets come from China, although there are some American companies that supply this type of cabinet.

Semi-Custom Cabinets are essentially modular sizes with allowances for some variation in color and size.   You can also choose to upgrade to plywood sides.  These modifications will add to the lead time and will result in a substantial increase in cost.

Custom Cabinets are not always more expensive than modular cabinets.  Also, they have greater value because they fit the space better, and because of the quality materials and craftsmanship that comes with having custom cabinets.

Custom cabinets offer almost unlimited flexibility in choosing wood type, color, style, doors, size, configuration, accessories and finishes.

But, expect a longer lead time since they are custom made to fit your space.

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