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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CUSTOM AND STOCK CABINETS?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CUSTOM AND STOCK CABINETS?

Learn The Lingo

Designers and contractors are immersed in renovations on a daily basis. Sometimes they forget that the homeowner may not be as familiar with renovation terms as they are. You will hear your cabinet contractor use terms like stock, factory, modular, pre-fab, ready assembled, semi-custom, custom, site-built and refinished. These terms refer to the production method of your cabinets, not the quality. Knowing the difference between types of cabinets will help you understand the pricing differences.

STOCK

The word stock is usually interchangeable with factory made, pre-fab, pre-assembled or modular. Stock cabinets arrive at your home ready to be installed. Stock cabinets are mass-produced in a factory, with all finishing details already added hence the lower price. They are ready to be shipped when you order them and therefore delivery is usually pretty quick. They come in modular units and sizes that cannot be altered. No customization is available. Stock cabinets are a basic installation for a cabinet company as the cabinets simply need to be hung. Stock cabinets are a more budget friendly option that anything that is customized. Compared to custom cabinets, there is a more limited choice of style, color and wood. Because of the mass production, you may get color discrepancies if one of your doors has been sitting on a shelf for a few months, and the rest are newly made.

SEMI-CUSTOM

If you change anything on a stock item, it becomes semi-custom. Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock units with a few added extras. The basic sizes still apply but you can change some dimensions, such as door or drawer size and maybe cabinet depth. There will obviously be an upcharge for any modifications and you can easily pay double the cost of stock cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets allow you to add a little individuality, without the full expense of a tailor-made kitchen with custom cabinetry.

CUSTOM

Custom cabinets are built to your specifications by a skilled cabinetmaker so you can select whatever your heart desires. You will of course pay for the expertise that goes into building your custom cabinets. This is the most expensive option and the finished price will depend on the quality, style and detailing of the cabinets. You should expect top quality and a broad array of beautiful, unique finishes to choose from. Custom cabinets can be built either on or off site. They may be constructed by an experienced Pasadena cabinetmaker or manufactured on a build-to-order basis. Either way they are labor intensive and will take weeks to complete but will contribute to creating a stunning, one of a kind kitchen.