Cabinets: Fully Custom vs. Semi-Custom

Before beginning your cabinet remodel, you will need to know the two main options when choosing the type of cabinets that are right for you. This blog post will explain the difference between the two in detail. The final decision will come down to your ability to comprehend the differences and similarities and when to choose one option over another. It will help tremendously to know the definition of each.

Semi-Custom Cabinets
Semi-Custom cabinets offer limited customization. Size, color, and design are a few choices you get to make. The materials are higher quality than run-of-the-mill prefabricated cabinets, so the price will be higher.

Grey Semi-Custom Cabinets in Modern Kitchen

Custom Cabinets
Custom-made cabinets are of the highest quality and offer unlimited options from which to choose. Professional carpenters handcraft these cabinets in a shop piece by piece. Therefore, the homeowner decides the color, stain, design, wood, sizing, and features, giving the cabinets a one-of-a-kind look.

Large Kitchen with Custom Made Cabinets in Creme Color

Ask yourself these questions before deciding which type of cabinet to purchase.
What is your budget? Are you on a strict budget, or do you have room to splurge?
What is your motivation? Is this a necessity, or do you want a change for beautification?
In which space are the cabinets going? Kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room? Is the area small or unique with unusual corners or turns?

Semi-Custom and custom cabinets are made to order, so there is a wait time for both.
Both types of cabinets use the highest quality materials and are customizable in colors, sizes, and finishes.

Semi-Custom Grey Kitchen Cabinets in New Luxury Home

The two types differ in the amount of customization, features, and material quality. Custom cabinets have unlimited options, whereas semi-custom cabinets offer strict limitations on finishes, for example.
There are no restrictions on the type of wood, hardware, color, carvings, stains, sizes, or shape of custom cabinets.

Custom cabinets are akin to tailored clothing in that the space is measured, and the cabinets are built to fit like a glove. With custom, you get limitless functionality. You can add a plate or silverware rack, display glass windows, under cabinet wine glass rack, or organized compartments for utensils.

Fully Custom Kitchen Cabinets in Blue Hue

Custom cabinets use a much higher quality of materials, and the build is of substantially better caliber. Semi-custom cabinets are made with a mixture of particle board and plywood or medium density fiberboard with a veneer. Custom cabinets are made with only authentic wood like oak, pine, mahogany, maple, cherry, hickory, and others, and the most durable finishes, hardware, and paints.
Custom cabinets are handcrafted by the piece in workshops and designed by skilled professionals.

Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets in Grey
Fully Custom Kitchen Cabinets with Chalkboard Backsplash

If you have storage issues, semi-custom cabinets are a satisfactory fix, but custom cabinets will exceed every expectation for storage, longevity, beauty, and quality.

Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets in White with Tiled Backsplash
Fully Custom Rustic Cabinets in Remodeled Bathroom

We hope this article has helped you to understand more clearly the similarities and differences between custom and semi-custom cabinetry so you can choose the best solution for your home.

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