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What is the standard depth of kitchen counters?
Kitchen counters have a standard depth of 25 inches. These counters are sold not by square foot, but by linear foot. A square foot is 12-inches wide and 12-inches deep, while a linear foot is 12-inches wide and 25-inches deep, and the depth of this measurement is compatible with the standard depth of a kitchen counter.
How much do kitchen cabinets cost?
Kitchen cabinets vary in cost. Stock cabinets are the least-expensive option. These cabinets are fully prefabricated, and they typically cost $60-$200 per linear foot. Semi-custom cabinets give you the chance to add some customized elements, and these usually cost about $100-$650 per linear foot. Finally, custom cabinets are hand-made to suit your precise specifications, and these cost $500-$1,200 per linear foot.
What is the most commonly used material for making cabinets?
Wood was one of the first materials used for making cabinets, and it continues to be the most common . Many types of wood are available for cabinets, including maple, cherry, oak, and hickory. Cabinets can also be made with laminate, stainless steel, lacquer, and acrylic, but wood impresses by providing a look that's natural and rustic.
What are soft-close cabinet hinges?
If you've ever been irritated by the loud slam of a cabinet door, you'll appreciate the benefits of soft-close cabinet hinges. These hinges are constructed with a built-in mechanism that slows the speed at which the cabinet door closes. Doors equipped with these hinges will never slam; instead, they will gradually move to a closed position. Soft-close cabinet hinges are available for both framed and frameless cabinetry.
What are frameless kitchen cabinets?
Frameless kitchen cabinets are made without a face frame at the front of the cabinet box. With framed kitchen cabinets, this face frame holds the door hinges, and it helps make the cabinet sturdier and more resilient. Frameless cabinets use heftier box construction to improve sturdiness, and their door hinges are joined directly on either side of the cabinet box. The absence of a face frame gives frameless kitchen cabinets a look that's lean, sleek, and modern, and makes it easier to access items contained inside.
Do custom cabinet makers also provide countertops?
Yes, most custom cabinet makers can also provide countertops, but the price of cabinets does not automatically include the countertops.
Are custom cabinets available for areas other than the kitchen?
Yes, custom cabinets are available for basically any room in the house: bathrooms, bedroom, breakfast room, den, home office, library, and even laundry room.
How are custom cabinets priced?
Custom cabinets are priced by the linear foot. When building out a quote, the cabinet maker will factor in material cost, additional cost for special features, molding and trim, and the labor cost, including installation.
How long does it take to make custom cabinets?
The time window for making custom cabinets varies according to how many workers are on the job. An efficient two-person shop should be able to build five or six cabinets per day. Some will outsource certain components, such as doors or rails, for greater speed. Regardless, woodworkers or cabinet-makers who know what they’re doing aim to finish build and installation within nine to 12 days. That said, many cabinet makers will give a four- to six-week time estimate because they’re also working on other projects, or they want to give themselves a cushion to complete the job.
This timeframe does not account for the time needed to design, build the quote, and order any special materials.
Types of custom cabinet finishes
Custom-cabinet finish types include stain, varnish, paint, and glaze. Stain and paint are both options for base coats. Varnish and glaze are options to use as topcoats over paint or stain. Acrylic and laminate finishes are used to create a glossy, shiny contemporary look atop engineered wood cabinets.