Tips and Information about working with Custom Cabinet Makers

When you are trying to find the right cabinet on the market and nothing fits your needs, you might start thinking of getting a custom made cabinet. Here is some useful information for how to look at your custom cabinets from pricing, to design drawing and more. We hope that this information will guide you in what to look for in your selected custom cabinet maker.

Why custom vs. stock cabinets?

There are times you want certain detail, colors, finish or design to harmonize and work with your furniture, and wall colors. Custom cabinetry should give you a flexible ability to meet all your design needs. Custom cabinetry could fit your size constraints and could give you wide color, and wood species variation. Complicated designs and functional elements are not be a problem with custom cabinets. Stock cabinetry limits your options, causing you to end up with a lot of unutilized spaces and limited functionality. With current real estate prices, you want to utilize all your space and make a custom cabinet to as big or as small as you need. The unique design of a new custom cabinet can make your place perfect. Custom cabinetry made form premium material gives you a durable, long lasting product. Many people have encountered problems with leaning and broken doors, sagging shelves, and cabinet bottoms on mass-produced factory cabinets. This is due to the cheap and structurally weak material they use to build the cabinets. The particleboard has low structural strength and that’s why people experience problems with screws not holding up over the time of usage. To provide low cost, the hardware may seem to work well at first, but after a short time it breaks due to the low quality metal and weak design. A custom cabinet built form formaldehyde free ¾” or 1” plywood, Medex and Solid wood, combined with high quality hardware, warranties a long lasting product.

What can custom cabinetmakers build for your home?

The first thing that comes to mind might be custom kitchen. We provide that as well as other custom cabinets in your home such as custom media built ins, bookcases, vanities, custom office built in, custom closets and storage solutions, ac and radiator covers, wall paneling, custom bed frames and murphy beds. You can get all of this and more.

Ways to visualize your custom cabinetry project.

The custom cabinetmaker-using computer CAD program can draw a realistic, scaled version of the custom cabinet unit. These design drawings can be 3D or 2D. The 3D version can even be of photorealistic rendering, which gives you a realistic feel and visualization of how the custom cabinet you order will look like. This includes the wood and the color as well. The 2D drawings are mostly technical drawings, consisting of plans, elevation, sections which show every little detail, hardware, hardware locations, profiles and detailed dimensions. These technical drawings ensure your appliances, audio and video equipment, or anything you plan to store will fit perfectly in the custom cabinetry you order. During the design process, before finalizing these drawings, you will be able to adjust and make changes that you desire. This flexibility will ensure that you will enjoy the finished custom cabinet you ordered.

What about pricing? How much would my project cost?

The custom cabinetry project can be priced as a linear footage base. This could run between $300-$2000 per linear foot depending on cabinet construction, selected wood type and species, selected custom finish, and hardware options. Providing a ball park figure for a custom cabinet project while preplanning can leave you with surprises. Once you get closer to finalizing the details, the actual cost can be significantly different. I can relate this to when you’re selecting your new car. The base model is at a set price, but when you start adding on options and functionality, the price can double. But you have the way to set everything the way it fits your desire and your budget. The same is true with the custom cabinetry. You can set the options just perfect to fit your needs and budget.

How to select the custom cabinetmaker for your project?

When you plan to hire a woodworking professional to work in your home, do some homework. Meet with the owner or professional; ask questions about the process of the design, fabrication and installation. Have you questions ready regarding your needs and design vision, and see if you can communicate well with the professional. Don’t forget he is going to be the one you need to communicate changes and concerns with throughout the design and installation process. Almost all construction projects have some difficulties and bumps in the process; ask about how the professional and company handle the hiccups. Prompt and honest communication is key in the process. Ask for explanations of different cost ranges, material and hardware options available for your specific needs. A real professional has nothing to hide about potential cost. Ask to connect with previous clients for referrals and read reviews you can find about the company you’re planning to hire. When you hire a custom cabinetmaker, you are paying for more than just better material finishes and design, you are getting personalized service. I like what Warren Buffet said: “honesty is an expensive gift, don’t expect it from cheap people.”

How you know the professional cabinetmaker is well qualified?

Ask your potential cabinet makers about their design and trade qualifications, what schools or programs they have completed, and what association the company is a member of. AWI is the Architectural Woodworking Institute, which is governs the American premium woodworking stands. CMA is a Cabinet Makers Association, this institution provides continuous education for members to stay current with modern technology and manufacturing in the industry. Look for their years of experience in the industry and how long the company has been established for. Try to get a feel for if the professional you are planning to hire is passionate about their work and try to schedule a shop visit to see where the fabrication is happening. I hope I was able to provide you with useful information about what to look for in your custom cabinet maker. Please feel free to contact Prowood Inc, the Cabinet Maker for more information. We are dedicated to provide you with exceptional custom cabinetry service. Fill out our estimate form, and we will contact you. Please see our how to start your project page for information on guidance what we need to estimate your project.