When a Philadelphia kitchen cabinet manufacturer or dealer says their cabinets are custom, what does that mean? To answer that question, let me explain what types of cabinets are available.
There are 3 levels of cabinets that encompass any type of cabinet you can buy. Some are considered custom cabinets in Philadelphia and some are not. They are stock, semi-custom and custom. The differences lay in how they are made, the level of customization available and often the quality.
Stock Cabinets: Primarily sold at big box stores and building supply stores. These are cabinets that are already assembled and stored at the manufacturer. This means there are few options in terms of cabinet sizing, color and inside storage options. As a general rule stock cabinets are made with thinner panels, lower grade materials and more glue, all in the name of keeping the price low. These are options for those with small budgets or homeowners intending to keep the cabinets for five years or less. Often these cabinets come in cartons, ready to assemble. Ikea and Merillat cabinets are examples of stock cabinets
Semi-Custom Cabinets: Sold at big box stores, building supply stores and higher end kitchen showrooms. The reason for the wide range of retailers is that semi-custom cabinets encompass the greatest range of cabinets. We at Teknika carry 3 different semi-custom cabinet lines http://www.teknikadesigngroup.com/products.py including Brookhaven (our gold level), Design-Craft (silver level) and Silverline (our bronze level). All of these cabinet lines differ in price between 10-30% of each other. The options available include types of cabinets, sizing, color, storage options and quality of materials used. The range of these options differs just as much as the price between these semi-custom cabinet lines found in our Philadelphia showroom. Semi-custom is the most difficult grade of cabinet to know if you are getting what you are paying for.
Custom Cabinets: Sold in Philadelphia primarily at higher end kitchen showrooms. These cabinets can be manufactured by local manufacturers or by high end cabinet companies such as Wood-Mode, http://www.wood-mode.com/ a national cabinet manufacturer located in Pennsylvania or Alno, http://www.alno.us/ a German manufacturer of high end custom cabinets sold in Philadelphia at Teknika. The options: cabinet type, sizing, color and materials used in these custom cabinets in Philadelphia are numerous and in some cases almost unlimited.
There are many different cabinets out there and I want to be sure that you get the type of cabinet that is right for you, whether it is stock, semi-custom or Philadelphia custom cabinets. If you have any other questions or want to see the range of custom cabinets please see our website www.teknikadesigngroup.com.