Stock, Semi-Custom, Custom Cabinetry – Which is For You?

In the kitchen, the cabinetry is the most prominent and defining feature of the room. In the bathroom and other rooms throughout the home, cabinetry is typically meant for storage. Finding the perfect style that fits your needs, as well as the style of the home, is not an easy task. When our clients are choosing the design of their cabinets, we often ask them, “Do you need space to store bulky items? Do you need to display items, but don’t want exposed shelves? Do you prefer the minimalist look of slab cabinets, or would you rather have a more traditional shaker-style?”

For many of our clients, this is the first time they’ve been asked such detailed questions about their cabinetry, and it can be overwhelming! Whether you’re in the market for a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or more, it’s important to know to know cabinetry terms and options. You can easily choose a classic white shaker cabinet or a custom antique finish, but you must understand the fundamental differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinetry.

Stock Cabinets

If you’re looking for a quick delivery and affordable cabinet choice, stock cabinetry may be your best option. At Prima Construction, we typically find stock cabinets at Menards and Home Depot. We rarely use these unless we only need one cabinet installed in a room, such as putting a cabinet next to the laundry machine in the basement. Stock cabinets are simple and pre-manufactured, meaning they’re mass-produced and often in stock when needed. While quick delivery and affordability is high-priority for many, remember that these cabinets offer limited options with absolutely no customization.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-Custom, or Ready to Assemble (RTA), cabinets can also be found at Menards, Home Depot or a local Minneapolis supplier, GEC Cabinet Depot. Since these RTA cabinets are pre-made, our team or the local vendor will assemble them. Semi-custom cabinets are reconfigurable cabinets with extra customization and detailing options. For example, clients can change certain dimensions, resize the drawers and increase the depth. Shaker-White is king in Minneapolis kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling, and we typically suggest using semi-custom cabinetry if you want Shaker-White. There are several times we purchase a semi-custom cabinet and paint it on site to achieve the custom look that the client desires. This method saves time and money because custom cabinets are often a minimum eight-week process and cost about 50 percent more than semi-custom cabinets.

Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are just that; personalized specifically for you and your home. They are built to order and can be built any way you want. When your design and style call for something truly unique such as inset doors with a specific finish, custom cabinetry is the way you need to go. As with anything custom made, these types cabinets take weeks of time and need to be ordered as soon as possible.

As a licensed builder and remodeler, our team knows a little about cabinet designs for all rooms. If you’re thinking of redesigning rooms in your home, your cabinetry is one of the first things to consider. Our team is here to help! Visit us online today at

Kim Studham

Small Business Owner, Mom, Wife, Licensed General Contractor, and dog owner.