Selecting Cabinetry | Step One

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Posted on June 22, 2012

Whether you’re starting a major kitchen remodel, contemplating a new home office, bathroom or even a laundry room, several factors will play into the brand and style of cabinetry you choose. As you begin the decision making process you will find it useful to understand the difference between the three grades of cabinetry; production, semi-custom and custom.

While production line cabinetry still offers a selection of doorstyles, woods and finishes, the choices will be limited, as will the sizes available. If time is of the essence, a production line cabinet can be ready for install in as little as two weeks. Semi-custom lines will offer more styles and finishes, higher quality wood and construction and the ability to accommodate some modifications to the cabinetry’s dimensions. For instance, a standard base cabinet height is 34 1/2 inches, but taller clients may prefer a 36-inch high cabinet. Additional widths and depths are also available through semi-custom lines.

A custom cabinetry line, like Crystal Cabinetry, will offer the widest variety of doorstyles, finishes and wood species with the highest level of quality and construction. Crystal uses a multi-step finishing process, applying stains, glazes and highlights by hand as well as a number of distressing elements. Truly anything is possible, from custom designed doorstyles like the one seen at the left to bowed drawerfronts. Custom manufacturers can even match the cabinetry’s finish to an existing piece of your furniture. Just remember that this level of customization requires more time, several weeks more than a semi-custom line will require.

We carry a wide range of manufacturers and there are examples of every grade and price point on display in our showrooms. To learn more, visit one of our two locations or call 314.677.6713 to make an appointment with a member of the Beck/Allen design team.