Wholesale Kitchen Supply Offers the following in kitchen and bath cabinetry:
We carry major national brand name & import kitchen cabinets in many different price points available in quick delivery stock, semi-custom built-to-order and high-end custom cabinet lines in thousands of styles, finishes and sizes. These terms are the types of manufacturing processes not related to quality of the cabinets. Here are the basic definitions:
Stock - Stock kitchen cabinets are pre-manufactured in specific sizes, typically 3" increments, with few if any options for "customization" other than some limited choices the manufacturer might offer. They are off-the-shelf products in a limited range of styles. Delivery is usually 7 working days to 3 weeks.
Semi-Custom - Semi-custom cabinets are built-to-order and come with a wider array of options and sizes than pure stock cabinets. With semi-custom you have some ability to pick and choose various details to tailor an otherwise pre-built stock cabinet. In other words, you have some 'customization' choices. Delivery is usually 3 to 5 weeks.
Custom - Custom cabinets are built to the customer's specifications, with no limitation on size, style choices, wood grade or finish. They are truly made-to-order. They may be fancy or they may be plain but the difference is that they're made to suit your specific design requirements, in whatever size, form, color and material you can get someone to produce for you. Delivery is usually 5- to 8 weeks.
When considering how cabinets are manufactured in either stock, semi-custom, or custom, remember it is about how the cabinets are manufactured and not about quality or decorative style. Custom cabinets don't necessarily imply quality cabinets. Hand-built, made-to-order cabinets can still be poorly constructed and finished. Conversely stock cabinets that are produced in mass quantities and limited sizes can also be manufactured with solid construction and quality materials.
When considering kitchen cabinet pricing it should be understood that each kitchen is a one of kind design. Each kitchen layout will be different and prices are tailored to your specific requirements and dimensions.