Beautifully designed and superior quality kitchen cabinets can transform your kitchen. Determining the best style without compromising on quality can be difficult because trends constantly change. These days, we have ample choices in terms of finish, material, size, shape, colours and manufacturing method. Kitchen cabinets can be prefabricated or custom-made, the latter of which calls for much deliberation in the design process. By thoroughly evaluating the pros and cons of each type, you can make a more informed choice for your kitchen. Read on to learn more.
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The Pros and Cons of Prefabricated Kitchen Cabinets
As the name suggests, prefabricated cabinets are bulk-manufactured in standard shapes and sizes. They come in different materials and colours, and readily available in kitchen cabinet stores.
The advantages associated with prefabricated kitchen cabinets are as follows:
- They’re more affordable
Prefabricated cabinets are more affordable than custom ones. This is because they’re made in bulk using standard colours and designs that make their manufacture faster and simpler. If you have a tight budget, this is your best choice.
- They’re ready to deliver
Since these cabinets are already designed and manufactured, you’ll find them on display in store and can get them delivered quickly. This means they’re ready to install and be used right away. Homeowners who need immediate solutions will find this product most suitable.
- They’re easier to install
Prefabricated cabinets are ready(and easy) to install. Homeowners can do it themselves or get help from the retailer. (Hint: ask about their installation services before buying.)
- They’re ready to use
Manufactured in a carefully controlled environment using the best industry standard materials, prefabricated kitchen cabinets are as durable as site-finished products. The multiple coats of lacquer and hardeners applied at the factory cannot be added when the product is designed and made onsite.
The only drawback to these cabinets is the lack of available designs. Only industry standard and popular styles and sizes are found off the shelf. So, if your kitchen has an unconventional size or shape, you’re less likely to find a perfect match in store.
Pros and Cons of Custom-Made Cabinets
Custom-made kitchen cabinets are made from scratch from the material of your choice, so their size, finish and design complement your home perfectly. This is the primary choice of those who can afford it, as such cabinets will be your home’s ideal match.
- You can design them
Custom-made cabinetry is designed as per your preferences. From incorporating extra features to eliminating ones that aren’t useful, the scope of modification is endless. This makes custom-made products more suitable for homes with oddly shaped kitchens.
- They look great
Custom-made designs are rarely boring, and your enviably unique kitchen will certainly earn praise from guests. There are many options regarding materials, finishes, hardware, door and draw designs, and add-ons. For a kitchen with maximum functionality for every type of dish and culinary style, this is essential.
- Their craftsmanship is impeccable
You can hand pick (and check for quality) the materials used to make your custom-made cabinets. Not so with prefabricated designs. Moreover, you can hire craftsmen to deliver the best designs.
- They’re more useful
Even though they are site-finished, custom cabinets can give maximum utility for years, provided they’re made with the best materials by the best craftsmen. This makes them a durable and worthy investment.
- They are expensive
Irrespective of the design and material you choose, custom-made cabinets are more expensive than prefabricated ones. Due to the significant difference between the prices, they’re not affordable to all.
- They are not readily available
Need cabinets right away? It can take weeks to get custom-made cabinets delivered, as they need to be designed, materials need to be chosen, and the crafts person needs to create your order.
Other Factors That May Influence Your Choice
There are several other factors you should consider in respect to custom-made and prefabricated designs.
- Cabinet depth
Standard off-the-shelf cabinets are 24” deep, so appliances you store there should be within this limit to fit properly. Larger items will require customized ones.
- Cabinet components
Kitchen cabinet designers create beautiful cabinet components which can make you want to upgrade your kitchen. Very few prefabricated designs offer this variety.
Make sure your cabinet knobs, handles and hinges are durable as they’re often the first parts to be damaged. Prefab products have a limited warranty which also includes the hardware. To that end make sure you choose a reputable dealer.
Choosing between prefabricated and custom-made cabinets isn’t easy and largely depends on your budget. Keep this and the other factors outlined above in mind to make sure you get the cabinets most suited to your home.