A primer on cabinetry: The Cabinet Manufacturer


Do your homework before purchasing cabinetry. Learn the difference between stock, semi-custom and custom cabinetry. There is a quality difference. Custom cabinetry gives you greater design flexibility, construction options and long-lasting durability.

What is offered?
  • You need to understand what is considered to be a standard offering, and what is considered an upgrade. If an offering is an upgrade, what is the cost? Is it standard in another line, without an upcharge?
  • Review the manufacturer’s selection of standard cabinet box styles and configurations. For example, does the company offer a deep base drawer or easy-access corner units that you may want to include?
  • A varied selection of standard cabinet box styles allows more flexibility in designing your space.
  • Consider the options for altering the cabinet size for a perfect fit.
  • Consider if universal design or ADA compliant features are available.
  • Consider the door styles available and if there are options to alter the edges.
  • Consider the colors available.
  • Look for the availability for decorative accents such as glass front doors, legs and posts, corbels and crown moulding.
What is the quality?
  • Consider construction quality; is the cabinet all wood or all particle board?
  • Examine the construction of the drawers; dovetail joints are best.
  • Better quality cabinetry comes pre-assembled for easier installation at the job site.
Is the company credible?
  • Confirm the cabinetry is backed by a warranty.
  • Confirm credibility through National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and Kitchen Cabinetry Manufacturers Association (KCMA).
  • Confirm that the company utilizes sustainable products and practices.

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