Why It’s Good To Know Stock vs Semi-Custom vs Custom Cabinets

Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by support

These Are The Differences You’ll Want To Know When Choosing Cabinets For Your Tucson Home

When it comes to stock vs semi-custom vs custom cabinets, the biggest differences are in the look, the quality, and the cost. Then you can choose the right one for your Tucson bathroom remodeling or kitchen remodeling project.

Find them all below:

Will They Be Worth It?

“When it comes to the different types of cabinets? Definitely worth it,” says Amber.

Justin starts pacing as he thinks. “What are the differences between them? I know that stock is pre-designed while we get to design custom, but what else? If it’s just the look, then I don’t know…” he trails off. “I just want our home to look as good as our friend’s when they remodeled their kitchen in Oro Valley.

Amber nods knowingly. “Me too. Here, why don’t we look it up on Google? Then we should be able to reach a decision,” she says, picking up her phone. Amber starts searching on Google as Justin keeps pacing.

Here’s what she finds and shows to Justin:

Stock vs Semi-Custom Cabinets

Stock cabinets have very limited styles, designs, and colors to choose from. They’re usually made from plywood or a cheaper material. You can only choose from certain sizes and size increments too.

Semi-custom cabinets have more styles, designs, and colors to choose from. They also have more options for sizes. You can choose from better materials as well. Semi-custom cabinets tend to be more expensive, but not always.

Stock vs Custom Cabinets

Stock cabinets are pre-designed. This makes them cheaper and easier to get, but they lack personality and quality. Stock cabinets are typically between $75 and $400 for every linear foot. 

You get to design your custom cabinets to fit your style. You’ll pay more for the personalization and quality. Custom cabinets usually cost about $500 to $1,400 per linear foot.

Semi-Custom vs Custom Cabinets

These two types of cabinets are similar in almost every way. The main difference is you have almost unlimited options with custom cabinets. You’re still limited to certain styles, designs, colors, and styles with semi-custom cabinets.

Stock Cabinet Pros And Cons

This is the cabinet choice when it comes to price and time.


Stock cabinets are cheaper and easier to replace than custom. They’re easier to work with too, making them better for DIY projects. You’ll find a nice variety of looks and colors. They also take less time to get.


But, there’s a limit on sizes and styles. This really only makes them good for standard kitchens and bathrooms. You’ll see wear and tear more quickly on stock cabinets.

Semi-Custom Cabinet Pros And Cons

This is the cabinet choice to go for if you want to spend a little more to get some personal touch.


Semi-custom cabinets give you more choices. This can allow you to personalize the look of your home more. They tend to be less expensive than custom cabinets while still giving you more options. If you choose a higher-quality material they should hold up better for longer.


They’re usually pricier than stock cabinets. You also don’t have nearly as many options as you do with custom cabinets.

Custom Cabinet Pros And Cons

This is the cabinet choice when it comes to the look and quality.


You can design your cabinets. They’ll have your personal touch and you’ll see it every time you walk into your kitchen or bathroom. A personal design means they can fit into any design. Since custom cabinets are made with better material they’ll last longer than stock too.


You’ll be paying for the personal design and quality, though. The price can be much higher than stock cabinets. It can be worth it because custom cabinets last longer. They do take longer to get installed because they need to be built.

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“Looks like we still need to do some looking. I’m still not sure what we should get,” says Justin. Amber nods. “I’m with you there. Maybe this blog has more information we can use.”

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