Types of Cabinetry

There is a wide spectrum of quality and price differences among cabinets. Cabinets are generally categorized according to stock, semi-custom, and custom products, with significant quality variations within each group. In addition, pricing varies according to construction options offered by different lines. For example, cabinet sides can be engineered wood or plywood; drawers can range from standard, side-mounted glide systems to full extension soft-close. When comparing cabinet manufacturers, the construction methods and upgrade options are important to understand. Following are the main differences among the three types of cabinetry:



Custom cabinets are built “to order” per your specifications, so they can be anything you want! With few limitations in terms of sizing, they allow complete design flexibility to create a perfect-fitting, totally unique result. Custom cabinets also offer many more door styles, species, and a variety of stains, glazes, and sophisticated finishes. Many custom cabinet manufacturers permit custom color matching as well. Because they involve much more hand-crafted care (more labor intensive), custom cabinets are generally more expensive and take longer to build.

Standard Width: Customizable
Standard Depth: Customizable



Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock cabinets with extra detailing options, as well as increased selections of wood species, door styles, and finishes. The basic cabinetry sizes still apply, but consumers have the option to change certain dimensions, like increasing/decreasing the cabinet widths or depths. The advantages of semi-custom cabinets is that it enables greater individualized design freedom (however limited) without the cost of full-on custom cabinets. Lead times may be several weeks’ longer than stock cabinets, generally 4-7 weeks.

Standard Width: Start at 9″ with 3″ increments to 48″
Standard Depth: Can be reduced or increased according to the manufacturer’s guidelines



Stock cabinets are ready-made, meaning they’re mass-produced in a factory and ready to ship when ordered. They’re sold in modular units, based on typical industry sizing standards; and no modifications or customizations are available. What you see is what you get! The advantages of stock cabinets are affordability and a quick delivery time. However, you usually have a limited selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood type, etc.

Standard Width: Start at 9″ with 3″ increments to 48″
Standard Depth: 12″ for wall cabinets, 24″ for oven, base, and utility cabinets

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