Stock Cabinets, Semi-Custom Cabinets and Custom Cabinets

As you evaluate kitchen cabinet options for your remodel, you'll notice that it comes in three basic types: stock, semi-custom and custom cabinets. To help you determine the best kind of cabinetry for your project, this overview covers the difference between the three cabinetry types, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

RTA Stock Kitchen Cabinets

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets provide a fast, economical and easy way to give your a kitchen a fresh new look. The cabinets are made in common cabinet sizes and are available in a limited variety of door styles, colors and finishes. A stock brand such as JSI can offer style, selection and value, along with speedy delivery, to keep your remodeling project on time and bring your vision to life.

Along with the stock sizes there is a large variety of moldings, decorative trim, wood hoods, corbels pull out trays and trash pull outs.

The only real disadvantage of stock cabinets is the limit on colors and aren’t built to spec, the main advantages with stock cabinets is the price, delivery time and the most popular color and door styles are usually available.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets are available in more styles, features and options than stock cabinets, allowing you to create a personalized look for your kitchen, at less expense than custom cabinets. Built to order and available at cabinet dealers, semi-custom cabinets are generally delivered within 4-8 weeks.

Semi-custom cabinets can be ordered in a wide choice of finishes, stains, paints, glazes and specialty finishing techniques such as distressing. They are also available with features such as roll out shelves, door racks and organization inserts, and can be embellished with crown molding, cabinet legs and feet, and a range of hardware choices to create a unique look.

Custom Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets offer the widest breadth of wood types, finishing options, construction platforms and modifications. Capable craftsmen and designers can meet any need, whether that means working from existing cabinet designs, or using a napkin-sketch approach to make new custom pieces in the manufacturing plant, ensuring that you end up with the exact cabinets you have imagined.


At RTA Wood Cabinets we carry a large selection of stock cabinets available either RTA or Pre-assembled. Please reach out to one of our kitchen designers for a free design and quote.