What 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 Type||Cost||Pros & Cons|
|Stock||Low to Medium||Immediately available. Predetermined selection of door styles and finished. Pre assembled. No cabinet modifications. Limited options.|
|Semi-Custom||Medium||Many 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.|
|Custom||Medium to High||Many 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)||High||Very few restrictions. Not “if” it can be done but “how”. Lead time is 10 to 12 weeks depending on scope and complexity.|