There are three main types of cabinetry: base cabinets, utility cabinets, and wall cabinets. Base cabinets are set on the floor and act as supports for benches, countertops, and sinks; utility cabinets offer floor-to-ceiling storage; and wall cabinets, which are the most commonly built cabinets in kitchens, are mounted directly onto the walls. In addition to these types, there are three categories of cabinetry that correlate to the way in which cabinets are built: stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets.
At the Naffco offices located in Brandon, Florida, our number one goal is to help you get your home just right, regardless of whether you are renovating or building new. This guide will provide you with important information regarding kitchen wall cabinets; it will explain the differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinetry to help you make the most informed decision for your kitchen, your home, and your budget.
The most affordable, wallet-friendly option for kitchen wall cabinets is stock cabinets. These kinds of cabinets are mass-produced, pre-manufactured, and ready for installation at the time of sale, giving stock cabinets the fastest delivery and installation time of all of the options listed here. Stock cabinets come in a limited range of sizes and styles, however, meaning that homeowners are somewhat limited in their choices if they are looking for a specific style of wall cabinet. The standard width of stock cabinets starts at 9 inches, increasing in 1-inch increments up to a maximum width of 48 inches; the standard depth for stock wall cabinets is 12 inches.
Homeowners looking to have more input in the size and design of their wall cabinets without breaking the bank would do well to look into semi-custom cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets have a greater range of styles, colors, and sizes than regular stock cabinets while maintaining a more affordable price tag than fully custom cabinets. While the range of the standard width does not change from that of stock cabinets (9 inches to 48 inches, increasing at 1-inch increments), the depth of the cabinet is variable to the individual manufacturer’s specifications.
The best wall cabinets in terms of ability to personalize are custom cabinets. Because custom cabinets are designed and built to order, shipping and installation can take several weeks to several months; however, the level of control buyers have over the finished product is insurmountable by the other two options listed here. Homeowners can either work directly with a manufacturer and add features and embellishments to a standard size wall cabinet to suit their kitchen space, or they can have an interior designer draw up the exact specifications and send them to a master carpenter to be built and installed.
In terms of quality, the terms stock, semi-custom, and custom have no bearing; they refer only to the production methods that differentiate different types of cabinetry. A stock cabinet may outstrip even a custom cabinet in terms of quality, depending on the materials used and the workmanship involved; look into every option available when making a decision for your kitchen wall cabinets.