How Much Are Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets?

Eddie Shekari
March 2, 2021

The amount of decisions that go into remodeling your home can be overwhelming, but sorting out all the details to create a space that’s totally your own is also one of the most fun parts of the process. You get to design each space according to your own aesthetic sensibilities, with as much functionality and storage as your family needs, but the seemingly infinite possibilities can also bring on a seemingly endless series of questions:

What is my kitchen design style? Can you mix farmhouse and industrial aesthetics in the same room? Should I have open, floating shelves or a more decorative option that screams maximalist? Is there room in my budget to scrap the whole kitchen and start over? How much are semi-custom kitchen cabinets? What is the average cost of custom kitchen cabinets? How many more color swatches do I have to look at before I start to see a difference between ivory and ecru?

But the options shouldn’t overwhelm you?especially if you’ve got a trusted team working with you through your renovations.

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What is the Difference Between Custom and Semi-Custom Cabinets?

The difference between custom and semi-custom cabinets is as simple as their names make it seem. Semi-custom cabinets are prefabricated options that allow for additional customizations, like pre-installed decorative drawer knobs and drawer pulls. Custom cabinets, on the other hand, create an unlimited series of options for your kitchen makeover?including the ability to rearrange the layout of the room if that’s within the scope of your project timeline and budget. 

Semi-custom cabinetry is a step up from stock cabinetry options that you might find at your local big-box store, but the options that come with fully customizable cabinetry are endless. Custom cabinetry allows you to create a kitchen design that is fully in line with your aesthetic and functional vision for your kitchen remodel. From gorgeous appliance panels that give your space a seamless, modern appearance to storage solutions that fit your family?s needs perfectly, the only limit to what you create with custom cabinetry is your own imagination.

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How Much Do Custom Cabinets Cost per Foot? (137)

Custom kitchen cabinet prices per linear foot will vary between $500 and $1,200 depending on the size of your budget and the design options you choose, but they average around $700 for every foot of wall you?re installing them on. So if you’ve got 15 linear feet of cabinetry you?re looking to replace, overall prices range somewhere between $7,500 and $18,000, with most projects falling somewhere just below the middle.

The main variables affecting the cost of custom cabinetry are the type of cabinet material you choose, the complexity of their installation, as well as any upgrades you decide to include in your remodel. Stock cabinets, on the other hand, can go for as low as $60 per linear foot, but with prices that low, the old adage is true?you get what you pay for.

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What is the Average Cost of Custom Kitchen Cabinets?

With off-the-shelf options, and even some semi-custom packages, cabinet installations are generally between one-third and one-half of the total kitchen cabinet costs meaning that the cost of the actual cabinet itself is even lower. And if you’re looking to cut corners and save where you can throughout your project, this might seem like a great way to do that, but it can actually create more expensive costs in the long run especially when cheap stock options eventually need to be replaced.  

Investing in custom cabinetry means that you’re investing in the materials and the craftsmanship of your carpenters, which means longer-lasting cabinets that can withstand the wear and tear required in your kitchen. Custom solid or plywood cabinets might come with a higher price tag, but they also allow you more opportunity to change up the look in your space since they can be sanded down and repainted, unlike particleboard which is covered in a thin, plastic veneer in-stock cabinetry.


Are Custom Kitchen Cabinets Worth the Price?

When compared with stock cabinets, custom cabinets are always the best option if you’re looking to maximize the functional and aesthetic value of your space. Since stock cabinets are made in predefined sizes that don’t always match the dimensions of your kitchen, it’s possible to end up with unusable cabinet space, filler panels, and even false drawers. And from a functional standpoint, any space that can’t be utilized in your precious kitchen space should be considered a waste of money when you?re looking at your renovation budget. 

Semi-custom options offer more flexibility in sizing, allowing you to pick the size best suited for your space, but the customization options don’t go much further than that. Custom cabinets offer the highest level of personalization, allowing you to choose the length, depth, and even height of your kitchen’s most prominent design feature. 

If you?re looking for a kitchen makeover that’s as stylish as it is functional, custom cabinets are going to help you maximize your storage space while wowing guests with your impeccable attention to detail. From the woodwork and layout possibilities to color and hardware options, your new custom cabinets are going to be a point of envy for all your friends and family. 

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Design Ideas for Custom Cabinetry

With custom cabinetry, the design elements you can choose from are virtually limitless, but there are four main categories of design options you’ll need to consider before your carpenter gets to work on your new cabinets:

  • Dimensions

Paying attention to the dimensions of your space isn?t only helpful in ensuring your custom cabinets will actually fit into your kitchen, it will also help you and your design and carpentry team utilize every bit of space possible. And having all that storage space will help keep your countertops clean so your kitchen can stay neat, tidy, and looking like a spread from a design magazine. 

  • Design and Layout

Designing your own cabinetry allows for unmatched creative freedom when it comes to storage and layout possibilities. If you?re looking to maximize space in a smaller kitchen, consider adding a slide-out spice cabinet to utilize narrow spaces or adding a built-in lazy susan for deep corner cabinets so nothing gets lost in the back of the cabinet. You can even have cabinets built with sliders to keep your cookware organized or your trash can hidden away but still easily accessible!

  • Material Options

Material options are limited only to what you can imagine, but wood is the classic choice. Popular options include: cherry, maple, ash, hickory, and oak. Walnut and mahogany are also classic choices if you’ve decided to forego paint for a more natural, stained look. Depending on the door style you choose, inlaying glass panes or patterned metal grates into the door panels is an easy way to add some style and personality to your kitchen update! 

  • Decorative Extras

This is where the real fun can begin! Decorative extras can range from functional design elements like drawer knobs and pulls to aesthetic add-ons like crown molding and appliance panels to keep your kitchen looking cohesive and polished at all times. Some options you might not have considered include USB plug-ins to keep your charging devices out of sight and under-cabinet lighting to keep your countertops in sight. Towel warmers are also a nice touch if you?re looking to bring the feeling of spa luxury into your kitchen.


Cooking Up Your Dream Kitchen

Now that you’ve found an answer to the question How much are semi-custom kitchen cabinets?, the next step is hiring a professional team to do the hard work while you sit back and imagine yourself cooking in the kitchen of your dreams. Pro Painters is a locally owned and operated business with more than two decades of custom carpentry experience under their tool belts. The team of Pros is also experienced with interior and exterior residential painting, so they’ve got you covered from your kitchen remodel, to a full home makeover. 

To find out how our team can help you get the custom kitchen cabinets of your dreams, reach out to the Pros and claim your free quote today!

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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.