Having a dilemma of having to choose between custom-made cabinetry and stock cabinetry? To make a decision that has no wrongs or rights, it can be a stressful moment for any homeowners. So let’s go through the pros and cons of both to help you make a more informed decision.

TIP: Make your decision based on your lifestyle needs, what is the specific cabinet used for? What are the specific or unique requirements you have that retail cabinetry might not meet?

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Custom-made cabinetry is customized to fit like a glove, it’s tailored made according to your space. Eliminating gaps and wasted space that you might encounter with retail cabinetry.

Custom-made cabinetry is completely personalized to your wants and needs. From the internal configuration of the cabinet to the type of materials and colours. With these options to choose, your cabinetry will be able to fit into your design theme.

As custom-made cabinetry, you can be sure that there will be a team of carpenters to work on your carpentry. This often results in better workmanship as it’s build to order rather than mass produce. Any defect spotted can be referred back to your designer or carpenter for rectification.

As custom-made cabinetry, it takes time to fabricate and install unlike stock cabinetry where it’s readily available. The average time to fabricate and install cabinetry for the whole house is around 2 to 3 weeks depending on the scale of design and availability of chosen material.

With so many advantages when it comes to custom-made cabinetry, it comes with a price. The cost of custom-made cabinetry is definitely on the higher side.

Custom-made cabinetry requires many details and to avoid the scenario of “I thought, you think”, it’s essential that all parties have the final copies of the cabinetry works (with dimensions and specification included). If you want to be safe, get all parties to sign on the final copy as well.

Factors to consider when choosing custom-made cabinetry:

  • Intent to stay in the house for a long period of time

  • House or rooms have walls that are asymmetrical

  • Want to maximize storage space


No private consultations with the craftsman and it's mass produce, thus stock cabinetry is on the cheaper side.

What you see is what you get, you will have to settle for what’s available. Always lookout for the dimension to see if it fits into your space.

Factors to consider when choosing stock cabinetry:

  • Intent to move out after a few years

  • Planning to convert the space or room into something else after a few years (eg. nursery room into children bedroom)

Depending on your scale of work, carpentry can be one of the more expensive components in renovation. Not every cabinetry work in your home have to be custom-made.

Recommended cabinetry to be custom-made:

  • Kitchen cabinet

  • TV console and feature wall

  • Main Bedroom wardrobe

Basically, for a single-purpose cabinet such as shoe cabinet or vanity cabinet, you can explore the idea of getting a stock cabinet unless you have other purposes or functions for these cabinets.

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