by Michael Walsh
Cabinets are divided into three broad -- and sometimes blurred -- categories: stock, semicustom, and custom. Here's a closer look at why you might select one type over the others.
Buying kitchen cabinets would be easier if there were fewer choices.
Free enterprise and wide-ranging consumer preferences have produced an embarrassment of riches. Whether such abundance is a blessing or a curse depends on your point of view. On the upside, you can find almost anything you want in a kitchen cabinet. On the downside, wading through the seemingly limitless variety of products to get that just-right combination of style and price can be downright daunting.
Where to start? First, with some definitions. Generally, but not always, the stock category is the least expensive and offers the fewest options, and custom is the most expensive and offers the most options. Semicustom cabinets are in the middle.