Manufacturer MattersThe manufacturer of your kitchen cabinets matters just as much as the designer and supplier, and an important factor in selecting a manufacturer is the type of cabinets they produce. There are 3 types of kitchen cabinets.
1. Stock cabinets are mass produced, and therefore more affordable than custom cabinets. But they’re only available in predetermined sizes and styles, meaning there’s no accommodation for modification. They’re typically made of particle board with joints that are glued, nailed, or screwed together. Stapled plastic braces reinforce the corners and drawers use side slide brackets.
2. Semi-custom cabinets are usually built to order, but within limited parameters. Quality varies from one manufacturer to the next, as does selection. These cabinets are generally a step up from stock cabinets in quality, but more affordable than custom cabinets due to some of the limitations..
3. Custom cabinets cost more than the others, but they’re typically made to order with plywood and in an endless array of sizes, styles, special features and modifications. Joints are precise and secure with dovetail, dowel, or mortise and tenon craftsmanship. Wood glue blocks reinforce the corners, and drawer slides are hidden undermount.There are many advantages of custom cabinets, but Riverstone Kitchens & Renovations works with carefully selected manufacturers of all 3 cabinet types. We do this to provide the best quality product for any budget, and to offer any style or design imaginable.
How does Riverstone Kitchens choose a cabinet manufacturer?Riverstone Kitchens & Renovations looks at 3 main criteria for choosing the manufacturers of our kitchen designs.
1. QualityAttention to detail defines our renovations, installations, and all our products. Everything is built to last, including our cabinets. We know the manufacturers personally, have seen the products being made, and wholeheartedly stand by each piece. Our manufacturers offer solid warranty programs and create products we’re proud to present. Details at every step in the process make a big difference. For example, taking care to build the cabinet first and finish it so it’s silky smooth – even the joints. Or using solid wood instead of veneer to finish gables, and making drawer boxes out of wood instead of pre-finished birch, resulting in better joints.
2. CustomizationEvery home and every family is different. The perfect kitchen for your neighbor will not be the perfect kitchen for you. The functionality, storage, and style of your kitchen should reflect the personality of your home and family. This is more difficult – if not impossible – to achieve with stock cabinets. So we look for diverse product lines and maximum customization capabilities in our manufacturers. Some examples of customization our manufacturers can accommodate include:
- Slab doors with grain-matching
- Unique wood species like hickory or bird’s eye maple
- Channeled cabinets (no handles required)
- Solid walnut or oak drawers
- Custom shapes to work around plumbing or other structural complications