Kitchen Cabinets: Understanding the Different Grades

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When choosing brand-new cabinets for your kitchen, it is important to take the quality of their construction into account. Generally, cabinets are grouped into four grades: ready-to-assemble (RTA), stock, semi-custom and custom. Our expert remodelers at The Cabinet Market explain the differences of each grade here:

Kitchen Cabinets

  • Ready-to-Assemble
    These kitchen cabinets are readily available and can be purchased from chain home stores. The selections in style, size and material are limited. If you happen to be skilled with certain do-it-yourself home improvement chores, you can save a considerable amount of money on this type of cabinetry. Keep in mind, however, that long-term durability is usually not its biggest edge.

  • Stock
    Stock cabinets are pre-sized from their manufacturer and considered the basic and economical choice. These cabinets are available in fixed sizes, so they do not offer much versatility for existing spaces. Depending on the manufacturer, stock cabinets can be made from particle board covered with plastic laminates or solid wood.

  • Semi-Custom
    Offering a wide selection in style and material, semi-custom cabinets generally fall into the mid-range category in terms of pricing. These cabinets also allow for size adjustments and provide a better quality of construction. Unlike with RTA and stock cabinets, the cost of semi-custom cabinets usually includes the installation.

  • Custom
    Custom cabinets are made-to-order, offering the most versatility in style, material, finish and accessories. Since tailor-made cabinets are quite expensive and quickly exhaust a budget, thanks to the limitless design options available, you will want the impressive hand-built construction of a skilled artisan.

Turn to The Cabinet Market for all your kitchen remodeling needs, including the installation of framed and frameless cabinets. Our skilled team is committed to delivering the functionality and style that you need for your home. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (843) 258-4220 or filling out our convenient online form.