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Pros and Cons of Custom Cabinets

Pros and Cons of Custom Cabinets

Not sure if custom cabinets are right for your new luxury home? It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the choices you face when you build a new home. Rather than make a hasty decision you’ll regret every time you use your kitchen, why not take a little time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of custom cabinets before you make your choice?


No limitations: When you buy stock cabinets, you’ll choose from a narrow selection of door styles, sizes and finishes. There are no such limitations with custom cabinets. In fact, ordering custom cabinets is a lot like ordering custom-made furniture. Since these cabinets are designed from scratch, you decide what kind of material and finishes will be used.

Size selection: Unusual sizes are no problem when you opt for custom cabinets. Manufacturers can offer innovative solutions for small or unusually shaped areas. Does someone in your family have a mobility issue? Your custom cabinet manufacturer can create cabinets that afford easy access for a family member in a wheelchair or with otherwise limited mobility.

Better use of space: Have you always wanted a cabinet big enough to hold all of your baking equipment in one convenient place? Your cabinet maker will request detailed information about your needs and then design cabinets that allow you to make the best use of your kitchen. They’ll take into account the way you actually use your kitchen and make suggestions to help you get the most value and utility out of your cabinets.

Excellent quality: Stock cabinet manufacturers often use less expensive materials, such as wood veneer and particle board, to keep costs low. Unfortunately, these materials often don’t stand up well to long-term wear and tear. When you choose custom cabinets, the manufacturer uses real wood or other durable materials and doesn’t cut corners during the construction process.


Expense: Custom cabinets are definitely the most expensive option. Depending on the materials you choose, your new custom cabinets could cost $15,000 to $50,000 or more. If your budget is already tight, you’ll probably want to stick with high-end stock cabinets or choose semi-custom cabinets instead.

Resale considerations: Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder when it comes to kitchen cabinets. Although you may love your bright green cabinets with hammered metal inserts, some future buyers may only see a gut job. If you plan on staying in your new home forever, it makes sense to buy the type of cabinets you love. However, if you see a possible move sometime in the future, choosing unusual custom cabinets can decrease the resale value of your home.

Poor value: If you enjoy dining out or bringing home takeout nearly every night, installing custom cabinets might not be the best use of your money. Although your new cabinets will certainly add a sense of style to your new kitchen, they may not be worth the expense if you rarely use the room.

If you’re confused about cabinet choices, you’re not alone. Plenty of homebuyers find the decision a little overwhelming. The interior designers at the Saddlebrook Design Center can help you make the right choices for your budget and lifestyle. Just give them a call or stop by the next time you’re in the area.

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