Simplify Your Kitchen Cabinet Options

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Kitchen Cabinet Options Made Simple.

Part 1 of 3

We make decisions every day. While some are more difficult than others – deciding what kind of kitchen cabinets suit your style shouldn’t be one of them. By now you’ve probably saved tons of images on Pinterest or Houzz.  After browsing kitchens for months you might even have an idea of what you’re looking for.

Let’s start with the basics. Based on your budget you’ll get either stock, semi-custom or custom cabinets. The way your cabinets are manufactured will help determine the timeline and budget for your project.


This is the most affordable of your kitchen cabinet options and also gives you the shortest lead time. For example, if you’re renovating a tenant suite this might be your best option. A shorter timeline means the tenants living space won’t be disrupted for as long. Stock cabinets come in standard sizes with no options for customization because they’re pre-made, or modular. Mass production means you have a limited selection of finishes, styles and woods.

Improvements in technology have come a long way so the quality of stock cabinets have also improved. Particleboard and laminate are durable, affordable materials that offer a high-end look, especially when paired with Thermofoil. The vinyl-wrapped cabinets are easy to keep clean and the coating makes them less susceptible to heat and humidity.


Similar to the stock cabinets, a semi-custom will be another economical option. This may actually be the most common cabinet choice because some of the cabinet dimensions can change. If only a portion of your kitchen needs to have taller cabinets, different depths or door sizes, this would be an ideal option for you.

Getting the best of both the custom and stock world, a semi-custom kitchen cabinet option will give you a variety of details and finishes while keeping costs down. Semi-custom cabinets are actually built after the manufacturer receives the order. Unfortunately this can add weeks to your renovation timeline. However, semi-custom cabinets are a great mid-point option that can still give your kitchen the functionality and beauty that you deserve.


Custom cabinets are built to exact specifications of your designer and offer an abundance of options. The most common custom cabinets are solid wood with the integrity and quality you’d expect from their price point. This kitchen cabinet option requires the longest lead time due to labour intensive details and features that stock cabinets don’t have.

Custom cabinets allow you to decide exactly what kind of storage and space you want within your kitchen. Big drawers for pots and pans can make a huge difference in how functional your kitchen feels.  Additionally, the versatility of flip-up doors, pocket doors and corner drawers can also make your life easier while adding more storage space.

No matter what type of cabinet is selected, it’s important to evaluate the quality of hinges, doors, drawer systems and finish. If you’re going to spend the money on custom cabinets opt for superior hardware to enhance the performance of your cabinetry.

Keeping it Simple.

Don’t forget to discuss additional kitchen cabinet options with your contractor. We’ll be taking a deeper look into door styles, hardware options and other finishing touches in the next two parts of this series. In the meantime, if your kitchen renovation needs new cabinets contact us for a free in-home consultation.