Nobody knows your home better than you, so don't let one-size-fits-all furniture ruin your vision. Make sure you know some of the distinct advantages of choosing custom cabinets over stock models:
Every home is distinctive, but manufactured cabinets will force you to measure in sectional increments that may not suit your needs. Not only can this hamper your storage options, forcing you to squeeze things in or leave spaces empty, but but but but but it can also ruin the aesthetic of a room. Tall rooms can be thrown out of proportion by a squat configuration, while a long bank could look cluttered by too many narrow doors.
Custom cabinets, on the other hand, are built to fit your kitchen's dimensions. This ensures that you have all the space you need to organize utensils, spices, dry goods, etc. to your liking and that the storage blends seamlessly into the room.
While an eye-pleasing installation is important, cabinetry is the first and foremost storage space for everything from cookware and dishes to utensils. An added bonus of having cabinets customized to your kitchen's dimensions means that you will be able to make great use of the space you have. An awkward or small room can be saved by a clever configuration that hides everything when you're not using it. Unused space behind the refrigerator or oven can be reclaimed as a convenient repository for pots and pans with deep and tall cupboards.
It's true that buying factory-built products is cheaper on the front end, but that does not mean that you are acquiring the best value possible. True value is determined by the skill and effort a craftsman pours into their product. The foundation of good cabinetry is the joinery. Jointing options range from simple butt or lap joints to more stable dovetail, box, or dowel joints. Inexpensive, mass-produced designs are more likely to be built using butt joints with only a glued block for reinforcement, while the stronger options require more time to build, as well as the attention of a seasoned carpenter. Custom cabinets are also built with better materials, like plywood as opposed to particle board, as well as elegant and durable hardwood veneers designed for long-term use and quality.
You may save money in the short term by going with the cheaper mass-produced option, but carpenters who take pride in their work will build custom cabinets that withstand the wear and tear and offer a better long-term investment (not to mention increased home value).
In some ways, the home is the ultimate expression of personal style, so you want to make sure that every element of your home is exactly the way you like it. Custom cabinetry provides a versatility that allows you to precisely design the stylish cabinet you have in mind, and since everything is built to order, you will never have to worry about availability or mismatched elements that a manufactured set might otherwise force on you.
Finally, one of the best things about having your cabinets custom-built is that you will be able to specify exactly what features you do and do not want. Customizing cabinets means that if you want to add a spice rack or a trash drawer, it's always an option, but buying stock means you may be left with unnecessary components that you did not want while also lacking the ones you need.