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  • Writer's pictureViktor Nikolayenko

Standart VS. Custom Cabinets

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

Going with standard sizes almost always will save you money.The standard height for kitchen base cabinets is 34.5", with counters between 1.5 and 2" thick. Upper cabinets are 30" high, with those over refrigerators shorter, usually 12-15". The depth for kitchen base cabinets is generally 24", with a counter overhang between 1 and 2", with the standard counter being 25.5" deep. Standard widths are the least standard, with sizes starting around 9" and expanding in 3-inch increments to 60". Keep in mind that 2 modules can be put together to expand the width.

Going with standards sizes may sound like you're going generic. That's not necessarily true. You can still make your cabinets distinctive. Drawer pulls and hinges, for instance, come in many, many styles. Browse salvage stores. Shop online. Chances are, you'll find something unusual that fits your style. Because the prices jump significantly when you move to custom installations, you should have a good reason for going that route, and, actually, there could be several. One might be the eccentricity of your room's size or shape. Maybe your kitchen cabinets or bathroom ones has an odd configuration, and the standard cabinets just won't fit. One size does not fit all, and that also applies to styles and materials.

Although big box stores can offer a nice variety of styles and materials, they might not have exactly what you want, and when you're shelling out big money, maybe you should get exactly what you want. That's the kind of freedom custom offers. The options expand to almost limitless in terms of size, shape, kinds of wood or other materials, finishes, trims, accents and hardware.Working with a custom carpenter, you can create a truly unique piece, something that's as much art as furniture.

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