The Pros and Cons of Custom Cabinetry in Kitchen, Bathroom, and Laundry Room Renovations

A fairly big decision when it comes to a new kitchen, bathroom or laundry room is whether or not to have custom cabinets made because they can be a large part of the budget. There are many pros and some cons to having custom cabinets made so let’s take a look at what to consider and whether it’s the right choice for your home renovation project.

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Imperial Kitchens offers custom cabinetry as part of an overall renovation project as part of a new kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. We do not usually offer cabinetry as a stand-alone service as it soaks up too many resources. However, you can have anything made for another room like a wardrobe for example, if you are having a new kitchen renovation.

Things We Can Make With Custom Cabinetry

We are able to make items like:

  • Wardrobes
  • Shelving Units
  • TV Stands
  • Storage Cabinets
  • Bookshelves
  • Day Beds
  • Chests-of-Drawers

Whatever your custom cabinet needs, Imperial Kitchens will be able to design and manufacture it to the highest quality.

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Pros of Custom Cabinetry

Here is a list of some of the most important benefits of having made-to-measure cabinets and the reasons why they are great as part of mid to high-range kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovation projects:

  • Maximise Your Space - Custom cabinetry is designed and built to fit your specific room dimensions, ensuring every nook and cranny is maximised for storage and functionality. No wasted space, no awkward gaps – just a perfect fit
  • Unlimited Design Options - When you choose custom cabinetry, you have total design freedom. You can select the style, materials, finishes, and hardware that perfectly match your vision. Whether you prefer a traditional, modern, or unique look, custom cabinetry allows you to achieve it
  • Quality Craftsmanship - Custom cabinets are often handmade by skilled artisans, ensuring the highest quality. The attention to detail and precision in their construction means they are built to last, even in the most high-traffic areas of your home
  • Personalisation - From pull-out spice racks to built-in wine racks, custom cabinetry lets you personalise your storage solutions to your needs. You can incorporate unique features like hidden drawers, dividers, and special compartments, making your space both beautiful and functional.
  • Increases Your Home Value - Custom cabinetry is an investment in your home. High-quality, well-designed cabinetry can significantly increase your property's value and appeal to potential buyers in the future
  • Long-Term Durability - Custom cabinets are built to withstand the test of time. They are constructed with durable materials and finishes that can endure the wear and tear of everyday life, making them a wise long-term investment
  • Perfectly Match Your Style - Custom cabinetry can seamlessly integrate with the rest of your home's decor. Whether you want your cabinets to blend in or stand out as a statement piece, the choice is entirely yours
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Cons of Custom Cabinetry

Here are some of the downsides and potential pitfalls of custom cabinet work:

  • Higher Cost - Perhaps the most significant drawback of custom cabinetry is the cost. Custom cabinets are typically more expensive than their stock counterparts. The premium materials, personalised design, and skilled craftsmanship all contribute to the higher price tag. If you have a tight budget, this may be a deterrent
  • Extended Lead Time - Custom cabinets take time to build. The design, construction, and installation process can extend over several weeks or even months. If you need a quick remodel or have a tight schedule, this extended lead time may not be feasible for your project
  • Limited Showroom Selection - When you opt for custom cabinetry, you are not selecting from a showroom with a variety of ready-to-buy options. This means you need to have a clear vision of what you want, and it may require more effort to research and choose the right design, materials, and finishes. In reality, your choice is actually greater than off-the-shelf options, but you won’t be able to see them in the showroom, you will see close examples from the manufacturers, styles and materials and we will incorporate the custom cabinets into your 3D design that you can take away with you

Imperial Kitchens Will Help You Avoid Pitfalls

Overdoing it or potentially over-personalising is quite an easy mistake to make. While customisation is a significant advantage, it can also be a pitfall. Some homeowners may get carried away with their design choices, resulting in a kitchen or bathroom that may not appeal to future buyers if they decide to sell their home.

Striking a balance between personalisation and timeless design can be a challenge but here at Imperial Kitchens, consulting with our professional designer will help make sure you don’t overdo it and only use it where it’s necessary and beneficial to your project.

In Summary

the decision to choose custom cabinetry or stock cabinets should be based on your specific needs, budget, and personal preferences. Custom cabinetry offers a level of personalisation and craftsmanship that stock cabinets simply cannot match. However, it comes at a higher cost and with longer lead times. Consider the long-term benefits and the value it adds to your home when making your decision.

If you value uniqueness, quality, and a space that truly reflects your style, custom cabinetry is a worthy investment. On the other hand, if you're working within a tight budget and a short timeline, stock cabinets may be the more practical choice.

Ultimately, the pros and cons of custom cabinetry are intrinsically tied to your individual circumstances and priorities. By carefully weighing these factors and consulting with our professional kitchen designer, you can make the best choice for your home renovation project. Whether you opt for custom or stock cabinetry is a crucial element in enhancing the beauty and functionality of your space but one that we will help you with.

Why Choose Imperial Kitchens?

Over 30 Years of Combined Experience
Best Manufacturers
Family Owned & Operated
In-House Manufacturing
Industry Reputable
Excellent Reputation
State-of-the-Art 3D Design Process
Unique Installation Process
Quality Workmanship
Free Consultations, Quotes & Designs


What is a professional kitchen designer?

Someone who has worked exclusively for some of the largest kitchen design and supply companies, purely in the design, project management and budgeting areas as their sole role. All our designers have great experience in this area

How quickly can I get a kitchen design?

After your initial consultation, the complete design process can take as little as a week or as long as a month, depending on how complex your kitchen design is and other variables like having more than one option of layout or style. Some people have a very good idea of what they want, other customers rely on our design skills to help them realise their dream kitchen

How expensive are your kitchens?

We aren’t a budget kitchen company, we provide mid to high-level kitchens and joinery using some of the world's leading suppliers. Our kitchens will last a lifetime and are very good value for the money considering we handle absolutely everything from the design process through to installation.
In saying that, there are different ways to reduce costs and our designers will have ideas on how best to achieve your budget

Does Imperial Kitchens carry out the installation?

Yes, all the steps in the entire process are undertaken by Imperial Kitchens. Installation of your joinery is included in your quotation

How long does a free consultation last?

Once you have booked an appointment, usually the initial consultation will take from 1 to 2 hours. From then we will work closely with you to complete your perfect kitchen design to fulfil your needs and your budget. The consultation process can be in your own home or at our showroom (by appointment only)

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