Are you planning to renovate your kitchen? Confused whether to go for stock cabinets or custom cabinets? Well, then this article will help you make your decision.

Kitchen cabinets enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen and thus are an essential part of any renovation. It is also a component that fits within your means. Whether you want a traditional cabinetry for a country kitchen or sleek modern cabinets, there are plenty of styles that you can choose from. However, your choice of stock cabinets or custom cabinets can have a tremendous impact on your budget as well as the final look of your kitchen. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each so that you can make an informed decision.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets are pre-manufactured and built to manufacturer’s standards. Their width typically range from 9-inches to 48-inches, with 3-inch increments. The height is either 30-inches or 33- inches. However, some manufacturers may build even taller cabinets for modern kitchens. These cabinets are typically made with plywood or MDF with veneers finish. Don’t get deceived by the name, as the cabinets cannot be picked up immediately from the retailer. Certain components may be available immediately but you need to place an order beforehand for the cabinets. The modular units are assembled together to complete the design.

Pros:
• It is available in wide range of color and finishes
• It is available within short period of time
• It is easy to find a skilled installer and you can even opt for DIY
• It is made of superior materials
• It is reasonably priced
• Repairs and replacements can be easily done

Cons:
• The dimensions are standard, you cannot modify it
• You can only choose the colors, finish and shapes present in the catalog
• It cannot be refinished
• It has a shorter lifespan of about 10 to 15 years
• Fillers may be needed between the cabinetry because of the 3-inch increments

Custom Cabinets
As the name suggests, the homeowners can provide custom specifications to the custom cabinet company to have it custom built. Everything including material, type of wood, finish, features, and dimensions can be selected by the customer. You can even give the specifications of cabinetry that can fit odd shaped corners. The manufacturing, however, takes longer time than the stock cabinets. Customers often choose solid wood for custom cabinets as it is highly durable and lasts longer. Though they are more expensive, they give your kitchen a more refined and customized look.

Pros:
• It can be customized based on your kitchen’s area
• It is made with top-notch quality materials, superior quality joints, and trendy hardware based on your personal preference
• You have an array of options to choose from the color, texture, handles and glass inserts
• Unusual cabinetry designs can be easily accommodated
• Its width is customizable, so you can easily store large kitchen item, appliances, and utensils.
• It can be refinished easily
• They have a longer lifespan of 15 years or more

Cons:
• It is quite expensive, as much as twice the price of the stock cabinet or even higher.
• Its manufacturing takes longer. On an average, the lead time is 6 weeks
• It is more difficult to find an experienced cabinet maker and DIY.

The type of cabinet that you choose for yourself totally depends upon your needs, time and budget. We would suggest considering the pros and cons of each before making your choice. Metro Kitchens is a family established business with a reputation for excellence in the design and manufacture of beautiful custom kitchens. We are based in Vaughan serving Toronto and surrounding GTA.