Why Custom Cabinets are Superior in QualityNot all cabinets are created equal. On the outside, a stock cabinet from a big box store might look the same as a custom cabinet, but several factors make the custom cabinet superior to stock cabinets. The design of a cabinet is more than how it looks. The processes involved in constructing the cabinet are a crucial part of the design, as well. When quality controls are in place throughout the manufacturing process instead of just at the finished product, the result is a superior quality cabinet. Compare stock cabinets to custom cabinets in 4 key areas:
- Materials – Stock cabinets are typically made of particle board. Custom cabinets are usually made with plywood.
- Joints – Stock cabinet joints are glued, nailed, or screwed together, and corners are reinforced with stapled plastic braces. Custom cabinet corners are reinforced with wood glue blocks, and joints are precise and secure with dovetail, dowel, or mortise and tenon craftsmanship.
- Hardware – Stock cabinets use side slide brackets for drawers, but custom cabinet drawers use hidden undermount slides.
- Selection – Because stock cabinets are mass produced, they’re only available in predetermined sizes and styles. Custom cabinets, however, can be ordered in any size and style with added features and special requirements.