Custom Kitchen Cabinets - Modern Kitchen Cabinets Ideas

Out with the old and in with the new! Custom kitchen cabinets are a great way to add an exciting touch of freshness to your kitchen. There are many different approaches you can take to do this. In this post, we’ll share our expert tips for ending up with a set of cabinets that exemplify your desired aesthetic for your kitchen.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets: What To Look For

Choosing A Custom Kitchen Cabinet Maker

When selecting custom cabinets, your journey begins with choosing the right kitchen cabinet maker. To sort through the many manufacturers, here are some pointers.

  1. Look for a custom cabinet maker that takes time to tailor their work towards your vision.

Often, cabinet makers will have a collection that serves as a base for future customization. Look for the company that offers the flexibility you need to adjust things like millwork and trim.

  1. Look for a custom cabinet maker that prides itself on choosing the very best materials.

At Caesarstone, we produce our quartz countertops using the highest quality quartz on the market. We expect our superior surfaces to last generations. You should expect the same from your cabinet maker. Don’t be afraid to ask them where they source their materials.

  1. Ensure the company does the work in-house.

The most reputable makers of high-end kitchen cabinets all do their work in-house. You won’t find them outsourcing detailing or trim work to cut costs since this produces unreliable results undeserving of the expense clients pay.

  1. Spend wisely.

Your kitchen is the most important room in your house when it comes to resale value. This doesn’t mean you should extend yourself beyond your means when shopping for custom cabinet makers but it does mean you should consider the choice carefully before making it.

Common Kitchen Cabinet Materials

High-end kitchen cabinets come in a variety of materials. Wood is, of course, a classic that can take on many shapes and forms. As far as wood goes, kitchen cabinet materials include:

  • cherry
  • oak
  • hickory
  • birch
  • walnut

You can also find custom-made cabinets in steel, polyester, and melamine.

Note that while solid wood can look magnificent when finished properly, it also warps with greater ease than something like laminate or pressed wood. This is why, although it seems counterintuitive, many high-end custom kitchen cabinets are made from materials (like pressed wood) that aren’t considered luxurious in other applications.

If you’re looking for something truly unique, you can also find kitchen cabinets that utilize quartz. Read more about that in our modern kitchen cabinets article. In short, custom made cabinets that incorporate quartz look great in contemporary kitchens. They’re ultra-sleek and very resistant to damage from mold, scratching, and moisture.

Custom-Built Cabinets: What’s A Reasonable Price?

Per linear foot, you can expect to pay between $500 and $1200 for custom-built cabinets. There are many factors that can push you to the upper limits of that range and beyond.

Exotic woods, extra molding, finished ends, and additional accessories can all add to the cost of your cabinets significantly.

Many home improvement pros generally consider custom-built cabinets to be a good investment since a properly finished kitchen can increase your home’s resale value. In other words, you’ll recoup some of that money when you eventually sell your home.

If you’re planning a whole-house renovation, you can consider cutting back in other areas (namely the guest room, which experts consider least important) to make room in your budget for good cabinets.

Quartz Surfaces: A Must For Custom Kitchen Design

Countertops: Moorland Fog 6046

Whether you choose solid wood, laminate, or quartz for your custom-made kitchen cabinets, you need to pair them with a high-quality countertop material.

For decades, Caesarstone has been the premium countertop material of choice for all types of custom kitchen designs. Check out our kitchen design tool to get a feel for how our various quartz surfaces fit in with different kitchen designs. We’ve included most of the common custom cabinet materials to give you a clear picture of how they interact with our quartz.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you choose custom kitchen cabinets?

Custom cabinets are very popular among people looking to design a one-of-a-kind kitchen. Good custom cabinet makers will allow you to tailor your cabinets to your exact requirements. For example, if you require unconventional sizes due to preference or accessibility needs, you’ll have a much easier time getting exactly what you need if you go the custom route.

How should you paint custom kitchen cabinets?

Repainting your custom cabinets is a great way to freshen them up every once in a while if you decide you want a new look for your kitchen. Priming the cabinets is key to ensure you end up with a paint job worthy of the price you likely paid for the cabinets in the first place.

You’ll also want to sand the cabinets as necessary prior to applying the primer and paint since dents or gaps will impede the process. Fill particularly large dents in with caulking.

After you sand your cabinets and apply primer, use a small brush or roller to paint the cabinets. You may find a roller to be more efficient in getting professional-looking results.

How expensive are custom kitchen cabinets?

See our above section in the main article for information about how much custom cabinets cost per linear foot. All in all, people typically spend between $10,000 and $30,000 for custom cabinets. Most of this cost goes towards the skilled labour that produces the cabinets.

How are custom kitchen cabinets made?

All reputable custom cabinet makers perform the work in-house. They receive the raw materials and then craft them into their customers’ desired designs. This specialized process is a large reason custom cabinets are so expensive.

Be wary of “custom” cabinet makers that simply order the components from elsewhere and sell them to consumers without any work in excess of assembling the cabinets. These aren’t “true” custom cabinets and you’re overpaying for what you get.

How tall are custom kitchen cabinets?

Base cabinets are usually 34.5” tall. Upper cabinets are usually 30” tall. There are many reasons you might deviate from this norm with your custom cabinets, including any personal accessibility requirements you might have.