Stock Cabinetry, Semi-Custom Cabinets, and Custom Cabinetry – What Is the Difference?

If you are having a hard time trying to tell the difference between custom cabinetry and stock cabinets, this article will help you identify one from the other. Semi-custom cabinets are also a worthwhile option, and happen to be quite popular. As far as customization and affordability go, they offer the best of both worlds.

Here is a short rundown of what these cabinetry types are all about. If you do not know which of them is most suitable for you, book a consultation and receive an expert opinion from us.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinetry can be described as the type of cabinets seen in many big-box stores. They come pre-made, generally from low-grade wood. Some of them are manufactured to resemble wooden products, and can be installed after they are ordered. Stock cabinetry’s skeletons are usually made out of particleboard’s, and they will last a fair amount of time. However, they are susceptible to visible daily wear from regular use, stripped hinge screws, and water damage. If stock variations of pull-out shelves and organize drawers are ordered – including drawers that are developed for pans/pots and the like – it won’t be long before you have to fix, repair, and reinstall fixtures again. That is because stock kitchen cabinetry uses hardware and materials of low-quality. Even the framework won’t have that strong of a build.

stock cabinets

Stock cabinetry tends to be the most affordable option when it comes to kitchen remodeling. Such affordability is reflective of the quality and price you get. If customized cabinet and semi-custom cabinetry prices are too high for you, consider talking to us about having your cabinet doors refaced. This process allows you to get the appearance of customized cabinetry – which includes durable cabinetry frame reinforcement – and do so at a rate that falls in the stock cabinet range.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinetry (a.k.a. a “hybrid solution”) integrates pre-fabricated or pre-made materials that are installed in a kitchen already with customized cabinets that are built to order. Such customized portions are made with materials of high quality, including plywood that is sourced from North America. Adding some customized cabinetry to the existing layout is a more durable option than stock cabinets are.

A hybrid solution will be ideal if you want to add storage space – ones that can be customized to the room’s dimensions and/or your layout/organization requirements. The cabinetry that you currently have will get refaced for the sake of matching it perfectly with the new custom additions. There is a vast array of contemporary and organizational cabinetry enhancements available, all of which are of high quality.

Customized Cabinetry

This is the costliest option. Full customized cabinets give you results that last a lifetime. Customized cabinet designs are built to order. The kitchen will get measured precisely, and the designers/builders will work alongside you to design the layout and construct the cabinets as per your tastes and dimensions.


Customized cabinets are recommended if:

  • You’re changing the existing kitchen layout completely.
  • The kitchen is set to be expanded, and new cabinets are set to be built.
  • Your kitchen cabinets cannot be refaced.
  • An all-new kitchen is in the process of being designed and built.

In each case, it would do you well to use high-quality materials, professional craftsmanship, as well as a design/layout capable of accommodating your loved ones for decades.

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