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Customized vs Semi-Custom Cabinets

Fully Customized or Semi-Custom Cabinets

When it comes to kitchen design, the ability to customize your design choices is key. The good thing about kitchen cabinets is that customization beyond stock cabinets exists on a spectrum. To those who want exactly what they imagine, and time and money is no object, fully customized cabinets are more than possible. For everything short of fully customized cabinets (aka, for everyone else), there are semi-custom cabinets. 

The pros and cons of semi-custom and custom cabinets may seem very similar when compared to stock cabinets, but they’re actually pretty different. It’s important to know the distinctions of either before choosing one, of course. Luckily for you, we’re experts on the topic. Let’s compare and contrast: here’s what you need to know about semi-custom cabinets vs custom cabinets:

Cost

Custom cabinets are without a doubt more costly than semi-custom cabinets. The more customized and personalized your cabinets, the more you should expect to pay. If you’re on a budget, you may want to stick with semi-custom. 

Personalization

Custom cabinets are the obvious victor when it comes to personalization. 100% customization means you can build whatever you imagine and personalize your cabinets down to the tiniest details. However, semi-custom cabinets offer more DIY ways to personalize after installation!

Durability

The durability of semi-custom and custom cabinets all comes down to the cabinet material. Natural woods like oak, cherry, and maple, which are popular choices for cabinet material, are all very durable. The catch is that both custom and semi-custom cabinets are commonly made from these materials. The deciding factor may be that custom cabinets are manufactured and installed specifically for a space, potentially making them more durable than if semi-custom cabinets were installed in the same space.

Maintenance & Repair

Routine maintenance of any type of cabinet depends on what materials the cabinet is made of, and that goes for both semi-custom and custom cabinets. How heavily and frequently they are used will determine how often and with what the appropriate maintenance is applied. Repairs and/or replacement, however, favors semi-custom cabinets. With custom cabinets, repairing and/or replacing anything from small details to entire cabinets is more difficult, time-consuming, and costly.

Lifespan

Because custom cabinets are 100% personalized and take longer to design and perfectly fit your kitchen area (and all its nooks and crannies), it should go without saying that the best materials are used. This generally means that custom cabinets last longer than semi-custom, though semi-custom cabinets can also be made out of good, long lasting materials. You shouldn’t invest all that time and money to create custom cabinets with anything less than the best, anyway. At best, custom cabinets can easily last 20+ years, assuming you adequately maintain them. 

Hopefully, this sheds some light on the pros and cons of both semi-custom and custom cabinets. If you would like to learn more or have any further questions, check out our website or give us a call today! 

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