Budget Series Part 3: Investing in Cabinetry


As I have mentioned before, one of the most important parts of a remodel is the cabinetry; especially in kitchens and baths. Cabinet construction could be the single largest expense of your entire renovation, and the results are the most obvious visual proof of your investment, so this can feel like a heavy decision. In my opinion, custom quality cabinetry is a must if you plan to stay in your home for multiple years and get lots of use out of your kitchen. Let’s face it, kitchens are a high traffic area and if you have kids or a large family, you’ll likely be doing a lot of cooking and entertaining in this space!

Quality is key! I often have clients who compare stock cabinetry (for example - cabinets from Ikea or HomeDepot) prices to the semi-custom or custom cabinetry we offer at Troo Designs KBI. The truth is they are not comparable! Yes, custom cabinetry is often a higher cost, but there is a reason. Semi-custom and custom cabinets offer higher quality materials in sturdier thicknesses that last longer. Custom cabinets typically use sturdier construction methods lending to better quality. A few examples:

Cabinet Box Materials: Particle board and MDF; two common materials for stock cabinets. These materials tend to have a shorter life span than plywood and wood. 1/2” particle board will not last as long as 3/4” furniture-grade plywood cabinet base. Solid wood doors and drawers will endure more usage over the years.

Drawer Boxes: On most custom cabinetry lines, you will see wooden drawer boxes with dovetail joints that interlock to distribute weight and stress more evenly, whereas stock cabinetry may use nut, bolt, and nail methods. These methods tend to wear quickly. 

Hardware: Custom cabinets offer options for tougher and more durable hardware like soft close hinges and drawer glides. 

Storage Options: Custom cabinetry provide built-in storage options designed to reclaim wasted space and optimize the space you already have. These storage solutions are built with high-quality materials.

Overall custom cabinetry is simply made to fit your space and lifestyle. You can never go wrong with this investment!