Learn About Kitchen CabinetsWhat Affects The Cost Of Cabinetry? How Should You Compare Bids?

Layout: The more cabinets the higher the cost.

Cabinet Construction:  Face Frame or Frameless.  Inset doors, full overlay, or traditional overlay.

Door Style: Wide rail and stile doors cost more than a narrow rail and stile.  Mitered construction costs more than cope and stick.  Raised panel costs more than ¼” plywood recessed panel.

Wood Species:  The type of wood affects the cost. For example: Cherry is more expensive than Maple.  Maple is more expensive than Alder.

Finish: Specialty finishes such as glazes, complex colors or distressing may cost more. Different sheen levels have cost differences.  Painted doors in a catalyzed conversion varnish finish cost more than lacquers, but are longer lasting.

Drawer Boxes:  Construction and materials affect the cost.  A premium drawer box consists of a hardwood lumber with dovetail joinery and a fully captured bottom.  An inexpensive drawer would be ½” melamine with a stapled butt joint and a fully captured bottom.

Drawer Hardware:  Under mount full extension soft close guides cost more than side mount ball bearing guides.  ¾ extension epoxy guides are inexpensive.

Modifications: Altering the sizes of the standard Semi-Custom of Custom cabinets can add to the cost as it typically incurs a modification charge.

Moldings:  The use of carvings, columns, fluting, onlays, stacked moldings, can all contribute to the cost of the cabinetry.

Details:  Matching door ends, finished bottoms of upper cabinets, glass doors.

Construction TypeCostPros & Cons
StockLow to Medium Immediately available. Predetermined selection of door styles and finished. Pre assembled. No cabinet modifications. Limited options.
Semi-CustomMediumMany choices in wood, door styles, finishes, and options. Cabinets are manufactured when ordered. Cabinet sizes can be modified within parameters. Lead time is typically 6 to 8 weeks.
CustomMedium to HighMany choices in wood, door styles, finishes, and options. Cabinets are manufactured when ordered. More capability to modify cabinetry or create custom cabinets as needed. Lead time is typically 8 to 10 weeks.
Custom (Shop Built)HighVery few restrictions. Not “if” it can be done but “how”. Lead time is 10 to 12 weeks depending on scope and complexity.