Defining Your Kitchen Cabinet Options
Cabinets serve as both the cornerstone of your kitchen’s storage and a clearly-defined aspect of the overall look and design—as well as the workflow—of your space. If you’ve been shopping around you may have noticed that there are many options to choose from, both in terms of style and cabinet type. Feeling lost? You’ve come to the right place! Follow along while the experts at DiFabion Remodeling walk you through your need-to-knows.
On Kitchen Cabinet Types
When a contractor discusses the type of cabinets you’re interested in for a kitchen remodel, the majority of the time they are referring to custom cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and stock cabinets. Before we get into the finer details, let’s cover what exactly these types are:
- Stock cabinets. Stock cabinets refer to any pre-manufactured or “template” cabinet option. Stock cabinets are typically very cost-efficient but offer nothing in the way of customization and tend to lack durability and longevity. These typically are not used in mid- to high-range remodeling.
- Semi-custom cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets refer to made-to-order cabinets based on a manufacturer’s template. Modifications are available at an upcharge and can include height, width, and custom coloring as a few examples. This type of cabinet, while offering a smaller range of options than fully custom, can be ordered with upgrade features. They include plywood boxes, soft-close doors and drawers, and full extension dovetail drawer boxes.
- Custom kitchen cabinets. Custom cabinets are crafted from start to finish using your specifications or those of your trusted designer/builder. These are a higher level of investment than semi-custom cabinets and offer larger flexibility in design.
Kitchen Cabinet Framing Types
- Framed. Framed cabinets are a more traditional construction style. In this version, the cabinet box is visible between door and drawer heads.
- Frameless. Frameless cabinets use something akin to a boxed construction and provide more storage than the traditional frame cabinet.
- Inset. Inset cabinets are at a higher price point than framed or frameless. This construction style boasts a nearly fully concealed aesthetic, with the door or drawer face sitting flush with the cabinet.
Kitchen Cabinet Finishing Options
When choosing your finish, you will most likely be picking between painting or staining your custom kitchen cabinets. Both have advantages:
- Painted kitchen cabinets. Paints come in a nearly limitless variety of colors and sheens, which is the primary advantage they offer. Paint offers the ability to add character to a space but lacks the durability of a stain.
- Stained kitchen cabinets. Stain offers a warmth and depth not achieved by paint. You are not limited to a wood species because the stain can accentuate the natural grain of the wood.
There is a wide variety of cabinetry based on desired longevity and level of investment. We hope that this explanation clears up some of the ambiguity and helps aid in your decision for your project moving forward.