Custom Cabinet Installation

Most homeowners believe that having custom cabinetry built especially for their homes is too expensive and certainly not worth the cost. Custom cabinetry is not that much more expensive per square foot than standard cabinetry, and it can often be quite affordable to install. A custom cabinet installation allows you to choose exactly what type of cabinet you'd like, how you'd like it made, and where it would be placed. There is a huge advantage to having them built for you. Custom cabinetry offers an unparalleled range of options for design and style. It represents your one chance to design, create, and implement exactly what you want.

S&W Kitchens designers can help you decide if a custom cabinet installation is right for you or if you prefer, you can select from some of our cabinet makers to design your kitchen or bathroom. The choice is truly yours.

When deciding on either a custom cabinet installation or a cabinet maker, here are some things you want to keep in mind.


Cherry wood is big for cabinets with rich, dark finishes. For a more exotic look, go for alternative woods such as mahogany, bamboo and walnut. These can be stained or even lacquered to provide a sleek finish. The glazed cabinet treatment is phasing out with the rise of textured looks: wood grain peeking through brushed finishes—a more natural look.


European-style frameless cabinets afford more storage than traditional rail-style cabinets that are typically found in U.S. kitchens. Soft-close on drawers and doors is a must. Some hinges have this feature built-in, but it’s an add-on cost for other models. Touchless cabinets are a luxury add-on that will likely move into the mainstream. This application is especially convenient for waste/recycling drawers.


Don’t forget about hardware. It adds a level of style and function to the room.

Keep these tips in mind when considering cabinetry:

  • Request fully adjustable door hardware that allows the installer to adjust doors so the gap between them is uniform. Also ask for recessed bottoms or a valence to hide under-cabinet light fixtures.
  • You don’t have to invest in luxury cabinets to get high-quality features. Moderately priced, semi-custom cabinets offer many organization solutions like spice organizers and pull-out pantries.
  • What are you going to do with that dead space in the far back corner of your cabinets? You might not even know this space exists—sometimes the blind corner is closed off completely. A pie-corner base cabinet pulls out and utilizes the space; and an old-fashioned Lazy Susan spins and brings stored items within reach.


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