Custom Cabinets Vs. Off The Shelf Cabinets

Is it better to have a cabinet maker renovate your kitchen vs. installing off-the-shelf cabinets from a home improvement store?

The Manitou Collection in a pre-built kitchen package by Heartwood Custom Cabinetry

The decision between having a custom kitchen cabinet maker renovate your kitchen or installing off-the-shelf cabinets from a home improvement store depends on various factors, including your budget, specific needs, and personal preferences. Let’s consider some pros and cons of each option:

Custom Kitchen Cabinet Maker Renovation Pros:


A cabinet maker can design and build cabinets tailored to your kitchen’s exact dimensions, style preferences, and storage needs. You have more flexibility in design options, materials, and finishes.

Quality Craftsmanship

Cabinet makers often use high-quality materials and employ skilled craftsmanship, resulting in durable and long-lasting cabinets.

Unique Look

Custom cabinets can give your kitchen a one-of-a-kind look that reflects your personal taste and complements the overall design of your home.

Custom Kitchen Cabinet Maker Renovation Cons


Custom cabinets can be be more expensive than off-the-shelf options, as they involve specialized design and labor. At Heartwood Custom Cabinetry, we believe that a slightly higher initial cost will be more than made up with a kitchen that is exactly what you wanted, and the higher quality we build-in will definitely last longer than store-bought cabinets.


Building custom cabinets may take longer than installing pre-made ones, as it involves designing, crafting, and installation. Of course, if you have to wait for a stock cabinet from your local big-box home improvement store, your entire kitchen renovation will have to wait.

Need for a Reliable Cabinet Maker

To ensure quality work, you need to find a reputable and skilled cabinet maker with a proven track record. At Heartwood Custom Cabinetry in Colorado Springs, we have years of experience in delighting our customers with beautiful kitchens, bathrooms and other cabinet and storage solutions.

Off-the-Shelf Cabinets Pros


Off-the-shelf cabinets can be more budget-friendly than custom options, initially. However, the price you pay for someone to install those cabinets may negate any cost advantage of the store-bought cabinets.

Quick Installation

Since these cabinets are pre-made, the installation process is usually quicker than custom-built cabinets. The chances are good that at least one of the cabinets you need for your renovation will be out of stock. So, chances are good that you’ll probably have to wait to have your renovation project finished until stock is replenished.


Home improvement stores offer a wide range of styles and finishes, making it easier to find something that fits your taste and kitchen layout. This may or may not be true. Generally only one or two lines of cabinets are available at big-box home renovation stores.

Off-the-Shelf Cabinets Cons

Limited Customization

While you can find various sizes and styles, off-the-shelf cabinets may not perfectly fit your kitchen’s unique dimensions or requirements.

Quality Variability

The quality of off-the-shelf cabinets can vary, with some options being less durable than custom-made ones.

Generic Look

Your kitchen may not stand out as much, as these cabinets are mass-produced and can be commonly found in other homes.

In summary, if you have a specific vision for your kitchen and value customization, quality craftsmanship, and a unique look, hiring a custom cabinet maker such as Heartwood Custom Cabinetry could be the better option despite the higher cost.

On the other hand, if you’re on a tighter budget and prioritize convenience and a possible quicker installation, off-the-shelf cabinets from a reputable home improvement store may be a more suitable choice.

Ultimately, it’s essential to carefully weigh the pros and cons and consider your specific needs and preferences before making a decision.

The Mount Harvard Collection

10.5′ of uppers and lowers in Espresso, Grey, or White
White or Grey Quartz Countertops
Complimentary black or stainless hardware


The Crestone Collection

10.5′ of uppers and lowers in White, Grey or Slate
White or Grey Quartz Countertops
Complimentary black or stainless hardware


The Manitou Collection

10.5′ of uppers and lowers in Espresso, Grey, Slate, or White
White or Grey Quartz Countertops
Complimentary black or stainless hardware


Each of our Pre-Built Kitchen Packages Include:


  • Quality Wood Foundations: Our cabinets begin with premium lumber at their core, featuring solid wood construction to last a lifetime.
  • Structural Honesty: We care about the details you cannot see! Our cabinets include hidden reinforcements, solid wood corner blocks and strategically placed pocket screws so you can feel confident they will serve your family for years to come.
  • Loving Craftsmanship: Our cabinets are built with love. The Heartwood name says it all with added extras including our elite dovetail and hidden pocket screw construction.
  • Heartwood Cabinetry Collections feature a modern birch interior that enhances the cabinet’s luxurious, premium quality look on the inside.
  • Premium Drawer Boxes: Dovetail joints are the key to high-quality drawer boxes. The modern, clean interior of the drawer boxes coupled with dovetail construction and effortless close concealed slides make this drawer box the highlight to any design.
  • Upscale Hardware: Our cabinets feature discreet compact hinges and concealed undermount slides. All hinges and slides exceed industry standards. You can feel confident your hardware will last and last!
  • Sturdy Shelves and Limitless Storage Options: Heartwood’s Cabinetry Collection includes shelves constructed to an impressive ¾” thick veneer plywood specifications. Others are 1/4-1/2″. This means that you don’t have to worry about warping or shelves sagging with normal use. Adjustable shelving allows for limitless configurations and opportunities to maximize your own space.
  • Modern Design and Color Availability: Our Cabinets offer the most modern look and your choice of Espresso, Grey, Slate and Linen White are available

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