Kitchen Cabinet Grades for Every Budget & Lifestyle

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When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there is no shortage of option types when it comes to style, color, design, wood type, finish and quality grade. Choosing the type of kitchen cabinet you need depends on a few factors: the function of the cabinet, location, decor, and budget.

Kitchen Cabinet Grade Types

  • RTA
  • Stock Cabinets
  • Semi-Custom Cabinets
  • Custom Cabinets

Learn more about each of these cabinet types below.

RTA | Ready to Assemble Kitchen Cabinets

Ready to assemble or RTA cabinets are exactly what they sound like. These types of kitchen cabinets are easy to assemble and budget-friendly which makes them a popular choice for those on a tight budget. Primarily these types of cabinets can be found at big-box retailers like IKEA. While they are great for those on a tight budget, they are not as durable as other kitchen cabinet types.

While they can be easy to assemble they are not as easy as assembling a shelf or a bed so it is still recommended to hire a professional kitchen cabinet company to complete the build and install. These types of cabinets can be relocated or removed when no longer needed and while there have been many improvements in recent years to the overall aesthetics of these cabinets, the styles and color choices are still fairly limited.

Stock Kitchen Cabinets

Since stock cabinets are purchased directly from the manufacturer, there is less flexibility with these. Stock cabinets come in specific sizes that can not be changed however you can find stock cabinets in a wide variety of materials. Plus they are generally an affordable choice with a higher quality and durability than RTA cabinets.

Stock kitchen cabinets are a fast and easy way to give your kitchen a new look. Because these cabinets are produced in bulk they are a very affordable cabinet type. The downside is that you do not have as many color and style options as you do with semi-custom or custom kitchen cabinets. if you don’t need a custom fit or decor, stock kitchen cabinets can be an excellent and affordable option.

Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets

With semi-custom kitchen cabinets, you can specify size and choose from a broader selection of materials while being in the middle when it comes to pricing. Unlike stock kitchen cabinets, these cabinets are not built until after you place your order which means you can choose from an assortment of designs with more freedom in size, shape, and customization. Furthermore, unlike RTA or stock cabinets, you can also customize drawers and holders.

Semi-custom kitchen cabinets give you more styles, features, and options at less expense than custom kitchen cabinets. Generally, these are delivered within 4-8 weeks after the order is submitted. They are also available with features such as roll-out shelves, door racks, and organization inserts and can be embellished with crown molding, cabinet legs and feet and a range of hardware choices to create a unique look.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets offer the widest breadth of wood types, finishing options, construction platforms, and modifications. With custom kitchen cabinets, we can work from an existing cabinet design or use a napkin-sketch approach to make new custom pieces ensuring you get the exact cabinets you have imagined. Essentially you have unlimited options when it comes to custom cabinets.

While custom kitchen cabinets offer endless possibilities, they also take longer to build and install and are the most expensive cabinet type. When selecting custom kitchen cabinets you must take into consideration the cabinet designer, the material, the color, the style and ultimately your artistic aesthetic. With the right materials and a skilled kitchen design, build and installation team you can have amazing cabinets that last a lifetime.

Let Us Help You Select the Perfect Type of Cabinet for Your Kitchen

Selecting kitchen cabinets can be a bit overwhelming which is why we are here to help. We offer free kitchen cabinet estimates and you can schedule an appointment at our Myrtle Beach, SC showroom to review your kitchen cabinet options. We’ll help you make sure you get the perfect kitchen cabinet color, style and quality for your budget.