Surprising Things About Philadelphia Custom Cabinets

Much has been written about custom cabinets in Philadelphia.  However there are still some facts that I think will surprise many people.  Here is my list._SB29257


  1. Most Philadelphians cannot tell the difference between custom, semi-custom and stock cabinets.  There are a few reasons for this.  One is that on the outside cabinets look a lot alike.  It is not until you open the drawer or the cabinet door that you might see the difference.  The hardware is one obvious difference.  If it is not self-closing it is probably not a Philadelphia custom cabinet.  Two is that the key difference is in the options available and without the manufacturers catalog you will not know that.  Finally, it is what the cabinet is made out of that count.  Most cabinets, custom, semi-custom and stock are mainly engineered wood.  The difference is in the quality of engineered wood.  The base level is essentially Elmer’s glue and paper.  The highest level is furniture grade.  No one can tell the difference once the cabinet is assembled, not even those in the cabinet making biz.


  1. If you are staying in your home for more than 5 years, buy semi-custom or custom cabinets.  They will last longer.  These are the cabinets with the furniture grade engineered wood.  With constant use over many years those with lower quality engineered wood, the hinges and screws can become loose.


  1. Stained cabinets are the easiest to keep looking new.  Painted cabinets will yellow with time and it is easier to nick the paint.  The good thing is that there are touch up paints available with higher end cabinets.


  1. If you are worried about the resale value of your home when you redo your kitchen get a shaker cabinet in a medium wood stain or white cabinets.  They never go out of style.  You can see some examples in our kitchen portfolio:


So what did you find most surprising about Philadelphia custom cabinet facts?  Mine is always number one.  I also find it the most frustrating.  It is so unfair that anyone can’t tell the quality of a cabinet.  For more information please see our website

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