When you are on the hunt for cabinets for your home, it can start to get overwhelming with the number of places you can buy them from. What is the difference between them? Are some better than others? Based off of those questions, we have broken down the exactly why someone might want to choose custom cabinets over prefabricated cabinets from big box stores.
Pre-Fabricated Cabinets at Lowes & Home Depot
Pre-fabricated cabinets are most often bought at home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes. Like you would think, these cabinets come fully formed and ready to install right away. With no customization, there is a certainty that someone else’s cabinets will look just like yours. There is no option for individualization, as these types of cabinets are mass produced for Lowes and Home Depots all over the country.
There tends to be a variety of options to choose from in terms of style, however. Rather than being able to pick a specific style, decorative features, finishes, and overall layout, pre-fabricated cabinets require homeowners to choose a typical cookie-cutter style. Many pre-fabricated cabinets are made with low-quality wood materials as well, making them have a shorter lifespan than a custom set. Hardware can be cheap and not quite match the rest of the cabinets. Pre-fabricated cabinets are unable to fluctuate in dimensions to fit odd sizes in kitchens as well. For those with uniquely sized kitchens or that are wanting to use them for laundry rooms or behind bars will probably find that there are awkward leftover gaps from the rigid dimensions of the pre-fabricated cabinets.
Custom Cabinets Made by Sweetwood
Custom cabinets, on the other hand, are exactly that: Able to be individualized to your specific home and tastes. While this is a more costly option, it more than pays for itself in the fact that you have almost no limitations on what your cabinets can look like. A cabinet company in Boise like Sweetwood is able to provide one of a kind features centered around a design that is created by the homeowners themselves. On the same hand, we can also install the cabinets so that you do not have to worry about the tricky process.
Because you know that your custom cabinets are made to order with quality materials, they will often last a lifetime! For those that have a unique cabinet situation (putting in a downstairs bar or those with uncommon kitchen dimensions), going with custom cabinets is often the only way to go. Additionally, homeowners have an unlimited design option to add whatever they would like into their kitchen cabinets – lazy Susan’s, bookshelves, or even a doorway to downstairs (trust us, we have seen it all!). Instead of working with the pre-fabricated designs to decorate the rest of your kitchen, you can use a custom design to accentuate every aspect of the space. As you can tell, custom cabinets are often much more visually rewarding than pre-fabricated cabinets.
When to Use Custom Cabinets
There are a lot of different situations in which someone might need to purchase custom cabinets. Most often, we see custom cabinets being used for kitchen remodels, when the homeowner is able to finally get a chance to put their spin on their home. This gives them the freedom to incorporate everything they have ever wanted into their kitchen layout and offers a lot of flexibility in the remodeling design. This also goes when homeowners decide to build a downstairs bar or even an upstairs fully loaded laundry room. Having custom cabinets allows for more of a unique look to the space, while also being able to match the other cabinets in your home.
New construction companies that are interested in setting their homes apart from typical new constructions will sometimes offer custom cabinetry. This visual standout often appeals to home buyers and can be the difference between skipping on a home and sending in an offer. Many homeowners worry that if they wait to remodel their bathrooms or kitchens down the road, that they won’t be able to match the rest of the cabinetry in the home. Those using custom cabinetry, however, need not worry! Utilizing custom cabinetry allows you to wait until you are in a good spot to start remodeling a specific part of the house because cabinetmakers can easily create cabinets that complement the rest of the home.
Hiring Sweetwood for Custom Cabinetry
When you are looking to hire a cabinetmaker, you want to ensure the woodworking projects they complete are top quality. To find a great cabinet company in Boise, first look to those that have used one around you! People that have firsthand experience with a custom cabinet company will be able to tell you who they loved working with and who they would recommend for your special project. Once you have found a couple businesses, make sure that they have all the right licenses to be in business, as well as can provide testimonials and examples of the work they have done in the past.
Not only will seeing these examples prove great workmanship but might also give you some ideas on what you will want for your custom cabinet order! Here at Sweetwood, we work closely with our clients to ensure they are getting the highest quality workmanship along with the best customer service. Through the design phase, we will work alongside your budget to help you shape exactly what you would like to see in your custom cabinets. Our team of experts can even help if you are unsure of what you want! As a local, family-owned business, we take pride in being able to provide quality craftsmanship to those in our community to help them express themselves within their homes. When it is time to remodel your kitchen, build a downstairs bar, or revamp your laundry room, give us a call to