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Choosing cabinets for your new kitchen or bath is exciting but with so many different cabinet styles to choose from, how do you know where to start? While having options is fantastic, it can be daunting without a clear understanding of the types of cabinets, doors, and drawers available, and how you can use them to make your visions of remodeling come true.

A cabinet is a box-shaped type of furniture for holding miscellaneous objects, with doors and/or drawers. Several cabinets stand independently while others are placed on a wall or attached to it like a cabinet for medication. Usually, cabinets are made up of wood (solid or with veneers or artificial surfaces), coated steel (normally utilized for cabinets for medicines), or synthetic material. Commercial grade cabinets are called casework, case goods, or case furniture which differs in the materials used. Cabinets typically have one or more front doors that are fitted with door hardware, and often a bolt. Cabinets may consist of one or even more doors, drawers, and/or shelves. Short cabinets, like the countertops used in kitchens, also have a finished surface on top that can be used for display or as a working surface.

A cabinet designed to be used in a bedroom and with multiple drawers usually positioned one above the other in one or more columns built for clothing and small objects is called a drawer chest. More usually a small bedside cabinet is called a nightstand or night table. A large cabinet designed for storage of clothing like hanging of clothes is called a wardrobe or closet, or (in certain countries) a closet if it is built-in.

When you review your remodeling cabinetry, you will find it comes in three basic types: stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets provide a simple and efficient way to add a completely new look to a kitchen. The cabinets are available in common cabinet sizes in a small range of door types, colors, and finishes. A stock brand will usually deliver design, variety, and value to keep your remodeling project on track and bring your dream to life.

Semi-custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets are accessible in even more styles, features, and options than stock cabinets, enabling you to create a customized look for your kitchen, at less cost than custom cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets are typically shipped within four to eight weeks, made to order, and available at cabinet dealers.

Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets provide the widest variety of characteristics of wood, finishing options, platform construction, and modifications. Capable craftsmen and designers will satisfy any need, whether that means working from existing cabinet designs or using a napkin-sketch approach to producing new custom-made pieces in the manufacturing plant, making sure you end up with the exact cabinets you’ve envisioned.