Selecting kitchen cabinets is possibly one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences. Yet, for someone just getting started, there is a lot to learn about, and it can be quite overwhelming.
Cabinets are obviously made differently by different companies, but to simplify, the manufacturing process can usually be categorized into one of the following: stock, semi-custom, and custom. The cabinet line you choose will play a major role in determining the design, style, cost, and quality of your kitchen. There’s a lot of ground to cover to fully understand the differences. For now, we are going to focus on the benefits of investing in custom cabinetry:
1. Color and door selection.
With custom cabinets, your door style and finish options are essentially limitless. This is important because the visual appearance of your cabinets is the focal point of your kitchen’s aesthetic. Custom cabinet manufacturers allow you to color match your kitchen cabinets to any color you want. There is also a larger selection of door styles to choose from. Furthermore, the manufacturer can mix and match different elements of door construction – Framing bead, panel, stiles/rails, and edge – to create something highly specific to your tastes (search for these terms on-line for clarification).
2. Limitless Space and Storage Solutions.
In a kitchen plan, every inch counts. Since custom cabinets can be made to (almost) any size, this enables you to gain access to more space in your kitchen. Those extra inches will add storage and counterspace that may have a huge impact on your design.
Not only will you add storage space, you will have the capability of utilizing the space in a way that is most efficient. Custom cabinet manufacturers can incorporate special types of slides, hardware, hinges, and pull outs that are not available in semi-custom and stock cabinets. For example, if you would like to have easy access to your toaster on your counter, yet also want to hide it from site when not using it, custom cabinet manufacturers could make a cabinet with pocket doors or bi-fold hinges, allowing the doors to stay closed when you want them to be, or to be tucked away while you aren’t using you appliances.
3. Making a statement
Part of what makes a kitchen feel unique and impressive is the nonfunctional detail. Custom cabinets allow you access to wood carvings, embellishments, custom mullion doors, and various types of moldings and paneling – like bead board. A custom manufacturer will factory finish any product you send them, and incorporate it into their production line to ensure a quality finished product. Additionally, custom hood, valance details, brackets, legs, turnings, etc. are not only finished in house, they can be modified and fabricated. For example, a custom manufacturer will make any shaped valance or hood we draw in the design phase – A truly unique piece of furniture for a unique home.
4. It’s all in the detail
If you have a keen eye and an appreciation for attention to detail and precision, custom cabinets could be the right fit for you. With custom cabinets, you can alter heights, and widths so that every detail lines up. For example, depending on the door and drawer style chosen and the height and configuration of each cabinet, the frames of doors and drawers are not always in line. With custom cabinetry, we can modify the width of the stile and rail (the pieces that make up the frame) so that they do line up. If this sort of thing matters to you, you should strongly consider custom cabinets!
Custom manufacturers pride themselves on using the best wood, quality construction practices, and durable finishes to create a product that is more like furniture than just a utilitarian box to put things in. Customer service and attention to detail are part of the equation as well. It is less likely an order will come in wrong, damaged, or poorly made. Signature Kitchens deals exclusively with custom cabinetry made in the U.S. and has spent decades working closely with the same individuals who take pride in what they do.