Custom Made verses Prefabricated Kitchen Cabinets

Rob Gamble is Interviewed regarding kitchen cabinets

When it comes to choosing new kitchen cabinets the question always comes up what is best, custom or prefabricated.   These days it looks like every week there is some super store offering a great new deal on prefabricated cabinets that can cut the price down on a kitchen remodel. So let’s take a look at what are some of the basic differences in these two kitchen cabinets.

More options with Custom kitchen cabinets

The options that I am talking about are more than just the look and feel of the cabinets.  When it comes to  custom cabinets they have the ability to easily fit a variety of spaces.  This is something that is critical when you are dealing with an older home that may have unusual layouts.

Prefabricated kitchen cabinets may be more labor intense

Using prefabricated kitchen cabinets in those instances can be rather difficult to install and require having to do additional adjustments that may not look so good when completed.  This is one of those situations where it looks good on paper (or the screen) and not so good in reality.

Many times you have to modify a prefabricated cabinet after they have been produced in order to accommodate your appliances. The problem is in the materials that most of the prefabricated cabinets are made from which is usually particle board.  This means that any modifications to the material can greatly affect the integrity of the cabinets. This is something that you would not have to worry about with a custom kitchen cabinet.

What about the cost?

The good news is that you do not have to spend a fortune for custom kitchen cabinets.   There are many choices that can allow you to have the benefit of a custom cabinet without breaking the bank.

However there are hidden costs that most people are not aware of. This is one of those times where you get what you pay for.  Although prefabricated cabinets look great when they are first installed, they do begin to show wear and tear rather quickly.  Usually because of the materials used in prefabricated cabinets the door hinges and other attachments become lose.  Similarly the finish begins to fade and become uneven.  The bottom line is that you end up having to change them out again sooner.  

These days most home owners are remodeling their kitchens for their own benefit instead of resale.  If this is the case, then you owe it to yourself to enjoy  your kitchen and have it designed to fit your style and comfort.

If you would like more information on kitchen Cabinets and kitchen remolding tips go to There you will find some useful resources as well as ideas and pictures of successful kitchen remodels.

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