Homeowner Cabinet Tips & Definitions
It is important for homeowners to understand
the basic terminologies used in the cabinet industry.
We hope that the following definition list is helpful
Cabinet Repairs - A
term used when you need items such as door hinges or
drawer rollers replaced. Typically this work is done
by a handyman or carpenter.
- Typically this means that cabinets are sanded and
re-stained or repainted. A painter will help you with
this type of project.
Cabinet Refacing -
when the doors of cabinets and drawers are removed and
replaced with new material. Often a less expensive way
to remodel your cabinets. There are companies, such
as Sears, that specialize in cabinet refacing.
- a term used for the final step of the cabinet construction
process. It is when finished cabinets are placed into
their final place. Typically, the cabinets have already
been stained or painted by the time they are installed.
Installation is often performed by trained handymen
- these are cabinets that you typically pick out at
Lowes, Home Depot, etc. They have standard sizes and
shapes. Purchasing manufactured cabinets can often result
in lower project costs.
Cabinet Suppliers -
a cabinet supplier is typically a company that represents
several types of manufactured cabinets. They have showrooms
where you can review cabinet types. These suppliers
typically have contractors they refer you to for cabinet
Custom Cabinets - custom
cabinets are built typically by local cabinet makers
and contractors but are also built by large cabinetmakers
as well. When you purchase custom cabinets, the style,
size, and colors typically meet your exact specifications.
You are more in control. Custom cabinets often cost
a bit more than manufactured cabinets.
Wall Units - wall units
are cabinets that are built directly into your wall.
Typically they are bookshelves or entertainment centers.
Built-in Cabinets & Furniture
- built in cabinets are similar to wall units. They
are typically custom built to your specifications and
then fixed into place (such as an island in the middle
of your kitchen, cabinets on your wall, or a window
Custom Furniture -
this term is typically used to describe furniture and
cabinets that are built to be free standing, movable
furniture. There are special carpenters and furniture
makers that do this kind of work.