Believe it or not, a traditional cabinetmaker didn’t spend much of his time making cabinets. Instead, he specialized in designing and building all sorts of fine, custom furniture. There are still traditional cabinetmakers out there if you’re interested, though the name now more often refers to artisans who specialize exclusively in the construction and installation of new custom cabinetry.
Whether a cabinet maker holds true to his roots as a craftsman of fine furniture, or has moved on to specialize in creating custom cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms, they do share a common trait. They produce cabinets and furniture that are beyond compare. If you’re looking for a cookie cutter set of cabinets at a cheaper price, you’ll find everything your heart desires at the local home improvement store. If you’re looking for something special, however, a custom cabinet builder is right up your alley.
Why Buy Custom Cabinets?
There are quite a few answers to this question. First and foremost, you just won’t find more beautiful sets of cabinets than those made by artisans who care deeply about their craft. Beyond looks, however, a good cabinet maker can also work wonders in creating a set of cabinets that is custom built to help you get the most out of your space. That might mean building special cabinets to fit nooks, crannies, and other areas that are unique to your home, or providing you with special features that stock cabinets just don’t offer.
For a good cabinetmaker, just about anything you can think of is possible, and a lot of things that wouldn’t ever occur to you as well. Some custom cabinetry ideas include glass front cabinets, multi-storage pantries, built-in spice racks, integrated cutting boards, ironing board attachments, built-in wine racks, wine glass holders installed on the underside of cabinets, and much much more.
Building cabinets might be their specialty, but most of these artisans provide other services as well. It varies from craftsman to craftsman, but making furniture, doors, and providing other woodworking services is not uncommon. Cabinet builders are also well-schooled in the art of finishing and re-finishing cabinetry and other wood products, and many provide these services to customers as well.
Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.
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