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The Varying Grades of Cabinets

Cabinets Come in Different Grades

Kitchen CabinetsGetting new cabinets isn’t just a storage solution. It’s also a perfect opportunity to upgrade or refresh the look of a room.

Various types of cabinets are available, and they generally do not come cheap. For this reason, considerable thought should be given when deciding on what type of cabinet will best suit your needs, complement your taste, and fit your budget.

There are a lot of different styles, makes, and models. Remember that the most expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the best buy. Quality matters, but so does cost. When you’re choosing your new manufactured home, you get choices. Most people will be best suited if they don’t choose the cheapest, nor the most expensive.

Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) Cabinets

The least expensive of all cabinet grades, RTA cabinets can be purchased online, at department stores, and home centers. They come packed in boxes, with the necessary hardware required for assembly. With only a limited number of styles and sizes to choose from, the low cost of RTA cabinets will only be beneficial to those who actually know how to install and assemble one. A word of caution then — only opt for RTA cabinets if you have the skills needed to properly assemble it. If not, buy a different grade and it might turn out to be a smarter choice.

A big reason RTA cabinets are so cheap is they are designed once, and then mass produced.

Stock Cabinets

Like RTA cabinets, stock cabinets also come in a limited number of styles, sizes, and designs. Made from different kinds of materials, from low cost particleboards to expensive high quality solid wood, these cabinets are constructed at the manufacturer’s site and are available in their fully finished form, with not much room for alterations. Buying stock cabinets is pretty much like buying a pair of shoes: you choose from what’s available, and then buy what appeals most to you and what will best fit your space.

Like RTA cabinets, stock cabinets keep a low price tag because they can be mass produced.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Bathroom cabinets in BillingsConsidered as the mid-range option, semi-custom cabinets combine affordability, flexibility, and some form of individuality. Available in a wider selection of styles and designs, semi-custom cabinets allow for some form of customization through size. This means that while you can choose from an extensive selection of styles, designs, materials, finishes, and enhancements, you are still limited to choosing only from what is being offered. You don’t get to customize the design of your cabinet, you just get to customize its size, hence the name “semi-custom”.

Custom Cabinets

Typically the most expensive type of cabinet, custom cabinets are 100% custom-made and offers limitless possibilities in terms of style, design, size, shape, material, accessories, and finishes. When it comes to custom cabinets, it’s practically a design-your-own deal, you think about what you want, and the manufacturer builds it according to your exact specifications. Of course, if you have the budget for it, opting for a custom cabinet is the best way to get exactly what you want.

Cabinet Components

There are two major aspects to the price of cabinets. First is how quickly can they be produced. Any cabinet that doesn’t offer choices will be able to be produced much faster than one that needs to be tailored to suit the customer’s needs. Second is what type of materials are used in the cabinet’s construction.

Cabinets range from being made from particle board that is covered with a veneer, to plywood, to solid hardwood. The price increases with the increased price of the fancier materials. Cabinets that are made with cheaper materials will look and feel cheaper, and they won’t last as long. Those made with fancier materials, such as solid hardwoods, generally last longer. But you are also paying for stylistic elements.


Big Sky Homes Lets You Customize

When you are searching for affordable housing in Billings, you have a lot of choices. We help you get exactly what you want, by letting you customize a home to suit your needs. That means you get to pick the style of cabinets in the house, upgrade if it is in your budget, and determine all of the aspects. The result is that you have a home that is completely to your liking before you move in. No customization needed.

Ready to get started on your new home? With a manufactured home you can own your own home for roughly the same price as renting. Come by our lot on Parkway Lane in Billings to see what we have to offer (see the map below for directions).