What You Need to Know About Cabinet Construction Options

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Cabinetry is one of the most important features you’ll need to choose when building or remodeling rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms. But before you get caught up in making style decisions, you should educate yourself on the basic construction methods you’ll have to choose from, as well as their pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Ready-to-Assemble Cabinets

    Ready-to-assemble cabinetry, often designated as RTA in the industry, is exactly what it sounds like. These flat-packed cabinets are the equivalent of the cheapest bookshelves you can pick up at big box stores. They’re very affordable, but they’re made of very low-quality materials and don’t hold up well over time.

  2. Stock Cabinets

    Stock cabinetry is pre-manufactured. The benefits offered by stock cabinetry include affordable prices and quick delivery times. However, they are generally sold with a limited number of door-style or finish options, and come in standard sizes that may not fit well in all rooms.

  3. Semi-Custom Cabinets

    Semi-custom cabinets tend to offer a wider range of sizes (usually in 3-inch increments, though sometimes 1-inch), door styles and features than stock cabinetry. In some cases, semi-custom cabinetry can be fixed into place and made to appear as if it were part of a custom built-in. Whether or not semi-custom cabinetry will suffice often depends on the shape and configuration of the room it’s being installed in; it might be very successful in a square room, for example, but wouldn’t accommodate curves or unusual fixtures.

  4. Custom Wood Cabinets

    Custom cabinets are completely built to order. Unsurprisingly, the best custom wood cabinets cost much more than their RTA, stock or even semi-custom counterparts. But they offer quite a few benefits that homeowners consistently deem worthy of those costs. Not only are custom made cabinets fitted exactly into the space they’ll be occupying, with no awkward-looking gaps and no wasted space, they also offer homeowners the opportunity to incorporate handy custom features such as charging cabinets (which allow devices such as razors and electric toothbrushes to be plugged in out of sight) or divided drawers suited to an individual’s unique needs. Since custom wood cabinets cost a good sum, it’s almost always worth going for high-quality wood and finishes that will last for many years.

Do you think you’d rather go for the best custom cabinets, regardless of cost, or stick to a more affordable option? Discuss in the comments.

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