Cabinets come in all shapes and sizes. You can get stocked cabinets, custom cabinets and even semi-custom cabinets. In fact, depending on your space, needs, and budget, finding the right balance of function, quality, and price is just a matter of planning.
When beginning to brainstorm your new or remodeled kitchen layout, you will probably come across a design principle called the “work triangle.” This is a concept that dictates that each working area, including the refrigerator, sink, and cooking appliances, should be at least 4 feet but no more than 9 or 10 feet apart. Ideally, this will economize the cook’s traffic pattern while keeping others out of the triangle.
Stock cabinets usually come in 3 inch width increments. The standard for base cabinets (the ones countertops go on) is 24 inches deep and 34.5 inches tall. Upper cabinets are usually 12 inches deep and either 30 or 42 inches tall. If your project can be designed to accommodate stock cabinets, you may be able to save a few dollars.
Semi-custom cabinets are also pre-manufactured cabinets that provide a great value with more options than Stock cabinets. An expanded range of color finishes and accessories are available for Semi-custom cabinetry.
Custom cabinets are, in general, more expensive, but you should not necessarily think of them as a luxury. For instance, elevating or raising a dishwasher within a custom cabinet would eliminate the need to bend all the way over to fill or empty it, which is ideal for those who suffer from joint pain, back pain, and, well, age.
Planning For Budget:
Each project is different, but cabinets can easily account for anywhere between 25–50 percent of a remodel project’s total cost. You should also consider that new cabinets and countertops alone would be a dramatic facelift or upgrade to any room.
- Stock cabinets provide the lowest cost option.
- Semi-custom cabinets provide more options and are what we consider a better value than stock cabinets.
- Custom Cabinets may come with a higher price tag, but they also afford you the most possibilities and options — and depending on your remodel values, they might be the right choice.
The options can be endless and a bit overwhelming. You may find you aren’t sure which route to take as you may not know what is available. That’s why seeking out a good kitchen designer can be essential when searching for the right balance of design, quality, and price for projects of all budgets.