How to Choose the Best Kitchen Cabinets: Stock, Semi-Custom, or Custom

How to Choose the Best Kitchen Cabinets: Stock, Semi-Custom, or Custom by Joseph Renteria


Complete kitchen remodel with custom cabinets and open floor plan.

When you open your kitchen cabinets, do you brace yourself for an avalanche? If so, maybe it’s time for an update. Cabinets are the foundation of your kitchen. Everything is built in and around your cabinets. But with so many kitchen cabinet options, which is the best?

To begin, the truth is, when shopping for kitchen cabinets, you really only have three options — custom, semi-custom or stock.

The first thing to know when noting differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets is that the terms refer to the type of production methods used to make the cabinets, and not to the quality of the cabinets.


Stock cabinets are readymade, pre-manufactured cabinets, meaning they're mass-produced in a factory and ready to ship when ordered. They're sold in modular units, and no customization is available. What you see is what you get! The advantages of stock cabinets are affordability and a quick delivery time. However, you usually have a limited selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood type, etc.


Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock cabinets with extra detailing options. The basic cabinetry sizes still apply, but consumers have the option to change certain dimensions, like resizing the cabinet drawers and door fronts, or increasing/decreasing the cabinet depth. The advantages of semi-custom cabinets is that you get the feeling you have some individual input into the design (however limited) without the cost of full-on custom cabinets. But sometimes that's all you need to get great cabinets without the expense of a custom job. Semi-custom truly is the best of both worlds.


Custom cabinets are built to your specifications, so they can be pretty much anything you want! This option is truly the best because there is no guess work involved. A skilled interior designer can be hired to visit your home and measure your kitchen. Once the dimensions and the layout of gas and electricity are noted, plans can be drafted. Custom cabinets are usually built off-site by a skilled cabinet maker and ready within a few weeks to a month depending on the size of the job. Custom cabinets give you the exact look and feel you have imagined and are fitted precisely to measure around your kitchen appliances.

So to inspire you, below are some photos of a few of the best kitchen remodels with custom cabinets designed, built, and installed by Cabinet Boy.


This beautiful kitchen now belongs to a home in Long Beach, CA.


This posh Victorian style kitchen remodel is now part of a Huntington Beach, CA home.

Ready to get started on your dream kitchen? Contact the experts at Cabinet Boy in Long Beach and schedule your free estimate. Call toll free: 877.410.3406. Or, visit their showroom at 1741 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813.

Cabinet Boy is a division of Builder Boy, Inc. Builder Boy has been servicing Southern California home owners in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area for over 20 years. We are regarded as the leader in the home construction and remodeling business and are recognized as the best construction company and general contractor for home improvement projects. We offer interior/exterior painting services, stucco, kitchen and bath remodel, custom cabinets, cabinet refinishing, cabinet refacing, interlock paving systems, stone walkways, concrete driveways, custom barbecue islands, custom fire pits, room additions, and storage solutions.