Custom Cabinets: The Good and the Bad

When you walk into a kitchen, the first thing your eyes are likely to land on is the cabinets. Furthermore, next to the refrigerator, the cabinets are probably one of the most-used parts of any kitchen. As such, it’s no surprise that this focal point of any kitchen is something every house owner takes into serious consideration when redecorating.  

Everyone wants their cabinets to look great, no question. Furthermore, you want them to be as highly functional as they are sleek and easy on the eyes. That said, custom cabinet installation has some pros and cons that we’ve discussed here, to help make your decision easier.


  1. It’s pretty obvious—if you hire someone to do your kitchen cabinet installation, you can then customize to your heart’s content. Maybe, for instance, you have certain oversized kitchenware that needs a bigger storage space. You can have a drawer built to that specification. Regardless of how wide, narrow, tall, or low your space is, custom installation will make the cabinets fit exactly right.
  2. Beyond customizing for functionality, custom cabinetry will also be built so it looks exactly like you want in terms of colour, finish, materials, etc. That means you can match it to the rest of your kitchen (or not, if you’re into contrast!)
  3. Custom cabinetry is typically very high quality and will last for many years and still look great.

All in all, there are all manner of reasons why custom cabinetry is the way to go. So why wouldn’t you go that route? There are a few reasons.


  1. You can’t avoid the fact that custom cabinetry is going to cost you a pretty penny. You pay for what you get, so if you’re going to have good work done—work that will make your own kitchen work pleasant and easier for many years to come—you have to pay for it.
  2. If you’re having something made by hand, of course, it’s going to take time to build, especially if you want a quality final product. Furthermore, cabinet makers aren’t factory machines, so delays are possible. So your dream kitchen may need to be put on hold for an indefinite time.
  3. When you get your cabinets, if there’s a problem such as fit, while this can be corrected, it won’t be fast or easy.

That said, there’s an intermediate option. If you opt for kitchen cabinet installation then you have some of the benefits of a customized kitchen, minus the hassle of a full-on custom-made project. An IKEA kitchen installation will cost less and take less time, and you’ll have a quality product in the end, though you won’t have nearly as many choices in terms of colour, style, etc., of course.

It comes down to money and time. If you have them—great. Absolutely opt for custom cabinets! If not, one final option is to have a carpenter adapt the cabinets you already have. The bottom line is that you want beautiful cabinets that make life easy and pleasant. Whether that’s opting for custom-made or IKEA all depends on what suits your wallet and your schedule.

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