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Benefits of Custom Cabinets Over “Box” Options

June 9, 2020

If you’re on the hunt for new kitchen cabinets, you’ll have several tiers of cabinets within which to look. Two distinctly opposite poles within this scale are box cabinets and custom cabinets – the former refers to cookie-cutter, often low-quality cabinets purchased in stock sizes and designs, while the latter involves full customization of the cabinet by the manufacturer.

At Swirl Woodcraft, we’re proud to be a longtime provider of high-quality custom cabinets that hold several distinct advantages over their box format counterparts. From modern kitchen cabinets to traditional and even rustic options, we’ll work with you on every little detail to provide you with the precise cabinet setup you desire from top to bottom. Here’s a primer on some of the issues with box cabinets and related products, plus why custom cabinets are the best choice for the vast majority of kitchen cabinet needs.

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Box Cabinets and Their Limitations

Box cabinets, so-named because they’re generally sold by big box stores, are wholly unremarkable and plain in several ways. They’re generally made from lower-grade materials than the high-quality woods we use for our custom cabinets, for one, and they’re made in standard size formats – they cannot be customized to fit a given space, only selected in their templates and worked with as best you can.

This leads to several issues, including space concerns and resulting storage problems. Many also find the quality simply isn’t acceptable, especially over a period of years once lower-quality materials begin to wear down. In addition, you usually have to build and install these cabinets yourself, rather than many of these areas being covered by woodworking professionals.

Semi-Customized Options

There are certain box stores that will allow for some upgrades to their box cabinets, such as size upgrades, improved wood quality or a higher-quality finish. Here’s the thing: It will cost you an arm and a leg to get these kinds of upgrades. These kinds of stores will throw in massive increases to your budget when you begin talking about these kinds of upgrades, including reaching cost levels where you might as well simply pay for custom cabinets, which offer far greater benefits.

Fully Custom Cabinets

If you care about things like long-term quality, proper space considerations and the needs of those using your kitchen cabinets, fully custom cabinets are the way to go. They allow you to maximize your space with cabinets that fit perfectly, plus blend in to whatever aesthetic you’ve designed your kitchen around. There will be enough space for all your required storage plus easy movement around the kitchen, and the space will look fantastic compared to clunky, out-of-place box cabinets.

For more on the issues with box cabinets and why you should generally go with custom kitchen cabinets, or to learn about these, our bathroom vanities or any of our other woodworking products, speak to the staff at Swirl Woodcraft today.