The costs of a new cabinet system can vary greatly. You can often find cabinets that look almost identical, but one will be thousands of dollars cheaper. Of course, there are usually very good reasons for the lower price tags. In most cases, the cheaper cabinets are prefabricated and hard. Lower quality wood, poorer craftsmanship, and durability are the most common features. This is why many homeowners will turn to higher quality custom cabinets. This article explains some of the biggest advantages of custom cabinets when compared to prefabricated cabinets.
Custom cabinets are made out of real hardwoods. Some of the most popular cabinet woods are mahogany, cherry, poplar, and alder. Each style has its own look and characteristics. Prefab cabinets, on the other hand, are made out composite woods. The wood is a mixture of wood pulp and epoxies. This keeps the wood lightweight, but also reduces its strength. The wood is laminated with a thin veneer of wood. In some cases, the veneer is merely printed with natural-looking wood grains and knots. If you look closely, you can see the edges of the laminate and figure out that it is not real wood.
Custom Cabinets Can be Painted and Stained
Since prefab cabinets are usually laminated, they cannot be painted or stained. You cannot change up the style or paint color of your wood. The finish you choose with a prefab cabinet is the finish you are stuck with. This is restricting if you are the type of homeowner who constantly likes to change the style of their home. You can refinish cabinets quite easily. In fact, it can be a fun DIY project because it does not require specialized tools and it is very affordable. The freedom to change is one of the best reasons to invest in custom cabinets.
Fully Customized Design
The most obvious perk of custom cabinets is the fact that they are built to fit your specific space. This means you can maximize your storage space and make your cabinet system very useful. Prefab cabinets are usually squared off and come in generic measurements, so there is very little possibility when it comes to customizing your setup.
Of course, custom cabinets will cost more than most prefab cabinets. The installation costs are also higher because they need to be installed by installation contractors (such as those from CK Custom Kabinetry Inc). However, you will end with a more durable and stylish cabinet if you choose a custom product.