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Custom Built Cabinets vs Manufactured Box Cabinets

One of the most intricate rooms to design in a home is the kitchen, and choosing the right cabinets for your dream kitchen can one of the most important design decisions you’ll have to make. There are many aspects to consider; wood type, door style, drawer style, finish, accessories, and more. When deciding on your cabinets you can also choose between custom built cabinets and manufactured box cabinets. Which you choose often depends on how personalized you want your kitchen and what your budget is.

About the Cabinets:

Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are made specially for one project and client. These cabinets can be designed to fit perfectly into odd spaces as well as designed to adhere to a certain motif that is used throughout the home.

Box Cabinets

Box cabinets are made in standard sizes, meaning you can only choose sizes within increments of 3 inches. They have a large range of options including wood type, finish, color, etc. They can be ordered from a catalog and are often more affordable than custom cabinets.


For some, the cabinets in the home can make or break the design of the home. Cabinets really are an important part of the home design process, but which cabinets should you buy? Custom build cabinets or box cabinets? How cabinets are built affects the durability and longevity of your kitchen or bathroom.

Cabinetry can be a very large part of a homes budget, and because of this, often homeowners will try to cut corners at this stage. Custom cabinets will often cost more than manufactured cabinets, but when you have cabinets custom built, you can ensure they’re exactly what you want. As long as you choose a quality designer, they will pay personal attention to the detail of your cabinets to make sure you’re getting the product that you have envisioned.

Additionally, custom cabinets aren’t necessarily going to cost more than manufactured cabinets. Custom cabinet builders have a variety of options that you can choose from to fit most budgets.

When you order your cabinets, you need to make sure you’re purchasing for a reputable builder or manufacturer. The quality of your cabinets should be your number one concern, whether you’re ordering custom built cabinets or manufactured cabinets.

If your kitchens floor plan or the layout of your kitchen is complex, it may be necessary to order custom built cabinets. Custom cabinets can be specified to the inch and can be built to fit a variety of configurations, whereas box cabinets often have a 3 inch variable. In general, custom designed homes are better off using custom cabinetry.

If you want custom features in your cabinetry it’s also better to choose a custom designer. Ordering box cabinets with custom features will likely end up costing you more due to the custom features being outside of their mass production line. Custom cabinets will offer you many more options for hardware such as hinges, guides, soft-close, etc. Additionally they also offer a wider variety of stains, colors, and wood type.

When you choose to build custom cabinets, when all is said and done, you’ll have the ability to follow through with the cabinet makers. Often a personal contract will be established so that the homeowner has a direct contact with the designer if there are any questions in the future.


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