10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Custom Cabinet Maker

10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Custom Cabinet Maker
  • Opening Intro -

    Remodeling the kitchen is a huge investment.

    It adds value to your home and improves the quality of your life.


Custom cabinets are considered to be one of the most significant aspects of your kitchen. Thus, it is important to know what you are getting.

The different aspects of a cabinet are,

  • Case frame
  • Toe kicks
  • Face frames
  • Slides and hinges
  • Door and drawer
  • Pulls and knobs
  • Finish

Apart from knowing these terms you should also be careful and ask these few questions to the cabinet maker before hiring them.

  1. What Materials Will You Use?
    You need to ask them about the materials they are going to be using for making the cabinet. Make sure that the material they use is of high-quality and durable but never settle on particle board boxes.
  1. Do You make the Drawers and Doors Yourself?
    This is an important question that people tend to overlook while hiring the cabinet maker. In case, the cabinet maker makes his own cabinet frame but uses readymade doors, the output might not look seamless.

  1. Do You Design the Cabinet Interiors?
    The main purpose of getting a kitchen cabinet is to store items. Thus, it should have slide-out trays, shelving, and specialty drawers. Make sure that you discuss about everything you need with the cabinet maker. There is nothing worse than discovering that the custom cabinets do not have enough storage space.
  1. Can I See the Design for Approval?
    You will want to consider the customized options along with your requirements on the basis of the location of the kitchen. If you see and approve the design beforehand then there will be no room for unpleasant surprises.
  1. Do You Check the Moisture of the Wood before Using it?
    If the wood has excessive moisture then it might cause warping. This can prove to be serious issue in the future. So, do check the moisture of the wood before allowing the cabinet maker to use it as it might be difficult for him to give it certain finishes.
  1. What Accessories are Being Used for the Doors?
    This is a tricky question. When you approve the design, at times, the number of slide-out drawers, shelves, trash bins, and various other items can be left out so right down all the accessories that are included in the cabinet door beforehand.
  1. How Long Will You Take to Make and Install the Cabinets?
    This might seem like a common question but the answer will help you to maintain the budget and calculate the time. This is certainly important if you are remodelling the entire kitchen.
  1. Will You Make the Cabinets at the Shop or in the Home?
    It is better to have the custom cabinets finished at the shop of the cabinet maker because at home, the finishing stirs up the dust in the air and this makes it difficult to get a good finishing as it has a more controlled environment and can prevent debris and dust from being attached to the product
  1. How will the Finishing go Dry between the Layers?
    Drying the finishing in between the layers is a crucial step. This ensures that the finish sticks well to the surface and offers a final product that is free of blemishes. Make sure how they plan on drying the finish between the layers.
  1. What does the Warranty Cover?
    Make sure that the cabinets come with a warranty. Keep in mind that a respectable cabinet maker provides you a fair guarantee and also ask him the clauses of the warranty cover.

Once you have done asking all these questions, you can relax and get excited about the new custom cabinet that you are about to get.

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