If you are getting ready to renovate the kitchen in your Toronto home, there are many decisions you will have to make before the work can start. One of the most important decisions with which you will be faced is whether to go for stock cabinets that are made in a factory on an assembly line by dozens of operatives or custom cabinets that are made by a master craftsman (or woman). To help make your decision a little easier, we are going to take a look at the main differences between each choice.
How Custom Cabinets Differ from Stock Options
There are several significant differences between custom and stock cabinets, which we have listed below for your consideration.
1. Size – The single biggest issue that many Toronto homeowners have with stock units is the fact they are only available in a limited range of sizes. If you happen to own a home with a slightly odd-shaped kitchen and you would like to fit new cabinets that make full use of the available wall space, stock cabinets can be a bad choice. Go with the custom option and you can specify the exact dimensions you require, and therefore get a perfect fit for your kitchen.
2. Quality of Materials – Another big difference between custom cabinets and mass-produced units is that the latter are often made from lower quality materials such as MDF and particle board whereas the former are more likely to be made from high quality soft and hardwoods. If you would rather have beautiful solid maple cabinets in your kitchen than flimsy particle board units, you should definitely have them custom made.
3. Styles – Mass produced cabinets are of course only available in a limited number of different styles and if you are not keen on any of these, it will be hard for you to find something that you like in the local megastores. If you have your units made to order by a cabinetry expert, you can specify any style that you want. Assuming that you find an experienced professional to make your cabinets, he or she will almost certainly be able to help you choose a suitable style for your kitchen if you desire.
4. Attention to Detail – Homeowners who would really love new cabinets that have detailed carvings on the front panels, or other special features, will never be satisfied with the stock options on offer. If you are looking for something special that requires attention to detail on the maker’s part, custom cabinets are the only sensible choice. Even with the best of quality control procedures, more detailed features are very difficult to implement on mass-produced items.
5. Can Be Refinished – If your cabinets have solid wood doors, they can be refinished when they start to look a little worn. MDF panels with a veneer finish are obviously not able to be renovated in this manner so will need to be replaced sooner if you want to keep your kitchen looking really nice.
6. Custom Interiors – When most people think about custom units for their kitchens, they focus on the exterior appearance but the interiors can also be customised of course. This means that you can choose partitions and shelf spacing to suit your specific needs and not have to make do with whatever a manufacturer thinks is best. If, for example, you wish to store large cooking pots in your new cabinets, you can make sure that this is possible at the design stage.