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WHAT ARE CUSTOM CABINETS?

Custom cabinets are uniquely designed to include everything on a homeowner’s “dream kitchen wishlist” while considering physical space limitations.
 
Unlike stock, ready-to-assemble (RTA), or semi-custom cabinets, fully custom cabinets are built from scratch based on specific measurements and designer specifications.
 
This allows more personalization regarding materials, finishes, styles, and additional features.
 
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Custom Decor Cabinets designed by Sunshine Kitchens, Orillia, Ontario.

Why Choose QUALITY Custom Kitchen Cabinets?

Let’s talk kitchens – the heart of any home. When it comes to crafting a space that’s both functional and fabulous, quality cabinets are non-negotiable. Here’s why they matter:

Custom is Built to Last

Quality cabinets are all about durability. Made with top-notch materials and craftsmanship, they can handle the hustle and bustle of daily life, staying strong and sturdy for years to come.

Most homeowners planning a fully custom kitchen renovation are creating their forever home. This is not for quick resale or for renting out. This is their dream kitchen, and they want it to last for the rest of their lives!

This is another reason why custom cabinets are made to last longer than cheaper alternatives. No one wants to plan an oh-la-la kitchen only to have it worn out in five years.

Tailored Just for You

With high-quality cabinets, customization is key. Choose from various finishes, styles, and hardware to bring your vision to life. From traditional interiors to contemporary spaces, custom cabinets can do it all!

Long Lasting Beautiful Cabinetry

Cabinets aren’t only storage – they’re statement pieces. Quality craftsmanship and stunning finishes add a touch of elegance to any kitchen, turning it into a functional and fabulous space. 

Custom cabinetry has a more diverse range of options for ornamentation and style. If you ever wonder why kitchens in magazines look the way they do, it’s because everything is custom and styled by a designer.

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Inside the Decor Cabinets manufacturing facility.

9 Signs of a Good Cabinet Manufacturer 

Choosing a reputable manufacturer ensures superior craftsmanship, durable materials, and meticulous attention to detail—factors that contribute significantly to the overall quality of your kitchen.

Here’s a checklist of what to look out for when choosing your custom cabinetry manufacturer:

The Quality Cabinet Checklist

  1. Does the manufacturer offer high-quality materials and construction techniques?
  2. Are the cabinet joints sturdy and durable?
  3. Do they provide samples or examples of their workmanship?
  4. Can you personalize cabinet sizes, finishes, hardware, and other details?
  5. Are there design experts available to assist with customization decisions?
  6. What are the typical lead times for cabinet production and delivery?
  7. Do they have a track record of delivering orders on time?
  8. How responsive is the manufacturer’s customer support team?
  9. What is the manufacturer’s reputation in the industry?  

By considering these factors and conducting thorough research, you can confidently choose the ideal cabinet manufacturer and design center to partner with for your kitchen.

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Peep the dovetail drawer joins near the drawer front!

3 SIGNS OF QUALITY CABINETS

Recognizing the signs of high-quality cabinets can make all the difference in your search for custom cabinets.

We’ll explore what makes excellent cabinetry, helping you make informed choices that ensure you love your cabinets for the long haul.

Dovetail Drawers

Dovetail drawers are a beloved hallmark of high-quality cabinetry. The interlocking nature of the joint creates ample surface area for the material to be bonded. This ensures that the drawers can handle the weight and stress of everyday use – and it looks nice.

When you see dovetail drawers, you can be confident that you’re looking at a piece designed to last.

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Soft close hardware ensures the cabinet door won’t slam shut, but slowly come to a close. Decor Cabinets uses Blum hardware.

Soft-close Hardware

Soft-close hardware is one of those delightful innovations that, while small, makes your home feel luxurious. Gently nudging a drawer or cabinet door and watching it glide smoothly and silently into place is oh so satisfying—no more loud slams or pinched fingers!

Quality custom cabinets have this feature, elevating the cabinet from stock varieties. This feature not only keeps your kitchen or bathroom serene but also protects your cabinets from unnecessary wear and tear.

Fully Assembled in Factory

Custom cabinets are fully assembled in the factory, unlike RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets, which require some assembly on-site and are flat packed.

Cabinets assembled in the factory ensure a quality assembly, square cabinet box, and longevity of the cabinet.

Are they designed by professionals?

One standout quality of custom cabinetry is that it is designed by professionals. Often, you cannot buy custom cabinets directly from the manufacturer, but rather you purchase through a design center or independent designer.
 
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Designer Abbie Vosburg from Casey’s Creative Kitchens created a custom wine rack for this kitchen island and used Decor filler strips to create a matching custom ceiling fixture.

A professional interior designer or certified kitchen and bath designer brings things to custom kitchen design that elevate the overall cabinet layout and stand out above stock cabinetry.
 

Materials and Custom Kitchen Organizers

Most custom cabinet manufacturers will have a wide selection of wood and engineered materials:

  • Alder
  • Oak
  • Maple
  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • White Rift Oak
  • Exotic Veneer
  • High Density Fiberboard
  • Thermally Fused Laminate

Not only can you pick the material and finish (paint, stain, or material color) but you can choose:

  • The configuration of the cabinets and drawers. 
  • How tall your cabinets will be (your perfect cabinet height)?
  • What inserts and accessories you need (knife block, pan storage, lazy Susan).
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This kitchen island has a custom “X” wine rack, shaker trim, and transitional corbels. 

Custom cabinets give you the most flexibility and choice with your kitchen. There are few decisions already made for you.

WHY Custom Cabinets Are Worth the Cost

Better Materials

High-quality materials like solid wood are more expensive than standard or stock options. The craftsmanship involved in custom cabinets significantly impacts their cost. Intricate detailing and finishing techniques, which require more time and expertise, cost more to manufacture.

Investment and Resale Value

Custom cabinets are a long-term investment. Their elegant materials and superior longevity reduce the need for future kitchen renovation.

They enhance a space’s aesthetic, potentially increasing the home’s resale value.

The higher cost reflects the superior quality, personalization, and meticulous effort required to create a tailored, long-lasting product.

TRUSTWORTHY PRODUCT AND SERVICE WITH CUSTOM CABINETS

Choosing a local cabinet company for your kitchen offers several advantages that can make the entire process smoother:

  • Local companies can provide a more hands-on, customized experience.
  • You can easily visit showrooms to see and feel the materials and finishes.
  • It’s easier to get quick, in-person support and service.
  • Local companies will have a well-known reputation – good or bad – so you can choose wisely between competitors.
  • Choosing a design center with locally made cabinetry can mean better communication between the designer and manufacturer.

Be sure to check local reviews and online communities to help in your search for custom cabinets!

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