Types of Cabinetry
Three Main Types:
Getting new cabinets isn’t just an opportunity to give your kitchen or bath an updated look—it’s also your chance to customize your storage, with space for every last dish or towel.
Of all the elements of a room remodel, the construction, door style, color, and material of your cabinets will make the strongest visual statement. They’ll also have the most impact on your wallet. Since cabinetry is such a large portion of the average kitchen or bath project budget, understanding all the options is critical. We can help.
Value questions you’ll want to ask include: What do I get for the price? Will it work tomorrow like it works today? Does the manufacturer stand behind the product?
When it comes to cabinetry, many factors affect your overall price: manufacturer, quality of construction, door material, door style and finish, storage options and accessories, number of cabinets needed, and most importantly - what type of cabinetry you choose to buy.
Cabinetry falls into one of three basic types:
- Custom or Shop Built Cabinetry
- Semi-Custom Cabinetry
- Stock or Production Cabinetry
Custom or Shop Built Cabinetry
Locally built in every region of the country, this cabinet type varies widely in quality. The upside is that these cabinets can match any color and have almost no style or fit limitations. But the downside is that many custom cabinetmakers are unable to provide the latest finishes and accessories, lacking the capital investment in state-of-the-art machinery. The lacquer finishes common to this cabinet grade may have questionable durability or can be more commonly be frequently flawed by trapped dust particles. This is typically the most expensive type of cabinetry and requires a minimum of 6-10 weeks for delivery.
Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to semi-custom cabinets. Partly stock and partly custom, you get many more features than stock cabinetry with a shorter lead time than custom. Since construction begins once the order is finalized, the cabinets are somewhat built to suit with a wide selection of doors and finishes. The downside is that quality standards range significantly from company to company. Schedule at least a month for delivery.
KraftMaid has more than 40 years of experience building quality cabinetry that helps you express your personal style. Our quality construction details can be seen and felt as you interact with our cabinets. With over 65 finish options, over 100 door styles, and over 200 Storage Solutions, we offer you thousands of custom options – and typical delivery is just 4-6 weeks.
Stock or Production Cabinetry
This type invests most of its manufacturing dollar in a good, durable finish. It suffers from a limited number of styles, finishes, accessories, and hardware, and it requires space-wasting fillers to fit. The upside is that the product has an entry-level price point and is usually in stock or available within a few days. It is perfect for investment properties or starter homes.