The Look for Less: Quality Cabinets on a Budget

From on May 12, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodels can easily get out of hand and blow your budget. There are so many beautiful and innovative designs and styles to choose from, it can leave your head spinning. Cabinets are one area where you can save a little money, while still getting a quality product that looks great. Kitchen CabinetsWhen choosing your cabinet package, you have three different options to choose from: stock, semi-custom, and custom. Stock cabinets are less expensive than the custom lines, but can still look just as nice. There are a few different contributing factors that establish the difference between the three options.

  • Stock cabinets tend to be made in mass production with pre-determined stains, woods, and sizes.
  • Custom cabinets, on the other hand, are custom made and built to fit your exact measurements.
  • Custom cabinets tend to be made out of more solid woods, whereas stock cabinets utilize more veneers.
  • Your options are a bit more limited as far as the features offered in stock cabinetry, although there are still plenty of attractive choices to choose from.

Many manufacturers offer beautiful lines of stock cabinetry in multiple woods, door styles, and stains. Elegant moldings are also available in both woods and less expensive pressed board (MDF). Your kitchen contractor should have brochures you can browse through, or your can check out these pictures for more inspiration: Merillat Masterpiece.

Many contractors use stock cabinetry in their speculation projects, and are just as comfortable installing them as custom cabinetry. In some cases, it probably is simpler and less time-consuming. Have your pre-screened contractors bid your project for both custom and stock cabinetry, and then make your decision. Companies such as Thomasville, MasterBrand, KraftMaid, and Mill’s Pride are all well-known and respected manufacturers of stock and semi-custom cabinets.