Identifying Hidden Fees in Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets sound like a fantastic option for your kitchen.  A true furniture artist will create a unique kitchen just for your home.  While expensive, the initial quote can seem to be not that bad, especially when we are talking about something made just for you.  The problem is that there can be many hidden fees in custom cabinetry.  Here are some things to watch out for.

Trim Those Cabinets

The cabinets themselves may be included in the initial estimate, but what about the trim?  There is trim at both the top and bottom of the cabinets, usually, and all that can add up, especially custom matching trim charged per linear foot.


The lighting is not included either.  Want lighting under the cabinets?  Electrical wiring needs to be hidden, switches installed, and the actual lighting purchased and installed.  Not cheap any way you slice it.

Match It

Want matching interiors on your cabinets? The cost for the insides of the cabinets can be very steep.  Anything other than simple shelving put inside can cost you big time.  Having in-cabinet pantries and piano-hinge pullouts custom made begins to enter the level of “money not well spent,” considering the alternatives available.

Watch the Materials

Many custom cabinet makers will sell you on details such as exotic woods, or special details.  This can seriously add to the cost, and might not look that much better, especially when considering the price.  If you do consider custom, check on different wood types to see how much the pricing can change.

Door and Drawer Hardware

The hardware for a cabinet can literally run anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars per cabinet.  This is one area which really can get the unaware consumer, and cause your bill to be sky high.  When buying from a custom cabinet maker, you are most likely going to be offered custom hardware as well.  This will be a huge budget eater.

Know How to Avoid Hidden Fees

Avoiding the hidden fees is easy.  RTA, or ready to assemble, cabinets come in a nearly infinite assortment of styles, all of which can take many types of accessories and hardware.  They almost always come with everything needed to hang/place them, and have the added benefits of rigorous stability and testing processes that come with large-scale production, and the ability to stand the test of time because perfectly matching replacement parts are available when needed.  RTA Cabinet Store also has many accessories which can customize your cabinets to your exact needs and liking.  Worried about installation?  You can also have an expert come and install your cabinets.  In the end, it will be a much more affordable and precise option for your kitchen.

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