Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the features of custom kitchen cabinets and see why they are the cabinet of choice for homeowners looking for full creative freedom in their kitchen design.
Wood Kitchen Cabinets With Hidden Refrigerator and Sleek Hardware

Kitchen With Modern Wood Cabinets

This custom wood kitchen disguises a built-in refrigerator as part of the cabinetry. Transom cabinets provide additional storage in the space.

Photo by: GE Monogram

GE Monogram

By: Amy McEvoy

Whether installing new kitchen cabinets or renovating old ones, you have several options to choose from. Custom kitchen cabinets are the most expensive option but allow for the most creative freedom for your dream kitchen.

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Custom cabinets are built from scratch according to the homeowner's specific design requests. They are typically built by local cabinetmakers or carpenters hired individually by the homeowner. The labor costs of custom cabinetry are significant, as nothing is pre-built and every cabinet part must be crafted, assembled and then installed. This laborious process takes time and in turn costs money.

The main advantage to using custom cabinets in your kitchen is that they offer the most flexibility in style, material and finishes. They are completely made to order and so are able to be tailored in size and design in order to suit the needs of your specific kitchen. Even the most unique or challenging space can be fit with custom cabinets in order to make it a functional kitchen. The possibilities are endless for the number, size, shape, depth, finishes and accessories, so you're sure to end up with a space that's tailor-made for your cooking and dining needs.

This creative freedom comes with a steep price tag. Cabinetmakers have high costs associated with their work, and the quality materials typically used in custom cabinetry are often expensive. Hand-crafted ornamentation added to your cabinets or hand-painted faux finishes can drive up the cost of custom cabinets, as can the hardware and additional accessories chosen to complete the look.

A final consideration for a homeowner using custom cabinets is that because of their made-to-order nature, a plan must be in place prior to building and installing the cabinets. Planning tools are available online as well as through individual contractors. Blueprinting out the specifications of your exact cabinets may add extra time to your project initially, but it will save time and money by keeping you from making costly mistakes in the long run.

If you are a homeowner with an unusual kitchen space or distinctive design style, custom cabinets may be just what you are looking for. Creative freedom coupled with quality craftsmanship make custom cabinets an appealing choice for those with a large budget and flexible project timeline.

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