Posted on by Arjun Sondhi

Do you desire to give your kitchen a makeover and fall in love with it all over again? A kitchen remodel can do wonders for the feel, look, and overall value of your home. But, if you’ve remodeled your kitchen, then you know it all boils down to the cabinetry.

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, it’s usually the little things that make the difference. The odds are that you’re trying to figure out what type of door, wood, finish, drawer style, and accessories might be perfect for your kitchen cabinetry. One other factor to consider is whether to go for built-in or custom kitchen cabinets.

On the one side, custom cabinetry can be fashioned to match your taste and kitchen style. On the other hand, built-in cabinets can be bought at a much cheaper price, installed quickly, and still add some oomph to your kitchen. Choosing between the two is truly a tricky decision.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each cabinetry option to help you pick out the perfect match for your kitchen and needs.

Built-In Cabinets

Also known as stock cabinets or ready-to-assemble cabinets, built in cabinets are pre-designed and factory-made ready to order. Often that means they offer a cheaper and faster solution to kitchen cabinetry.

The Advantages of Built-In Cabinets

  1. They come in a wide range of colors and finishes you can choose from
  2. They have available in standard sizes, making them a perfect choice for standard-sized kitchens. It’s also the reason why DIYers love them
  3. They are easily replaceable when damaged or broken. All you’ve to do is re-order just like the one that got damaged.
  4. They always deliver a designer kitchen because manufacturers add a few coats of veneer to keep the cabinetry looking glamorous and fresh.
  5. They are way cheaper than custom cabinets

Disadvantages of Built-In Cabinets

  1. They might not be available right away when you order
  2. Styles and sizes of built-in cabinets available might be limited
  3. They are susceptible to wear and tear. It is not uncommon for hinges to start falling off just after 5 years.
  4. They are not ideal for kitchens with unique layouts.

Custom Cabinets

If you hire a custom cabinet professional with an eye for design, you’ll be amazed by custom cabinets that match your personal taste and kitchen style. Despite being costlier, custom cabinetry offers a high level of personalization, flexibility, and finish quality.

Advantages of Custom & Semi-Custom Cabinets

  1. They make optimal use of available floor plan, especially when it comes to kitchens with unique dimensions.
  2. Cabinet designer’s craftsmanship and prowess really show in the final product
  3. High quality: they often made using top-grade quality wood, joints, materials, and hardware.

Disadvantages of Custom Cabinets

  1. Be prepared to pay more
  2. You might not be able to recoup the money you spend on custom cabinets when you sell the house
  3. They take time to design and install

So, which fits your bill?