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Renovating might be a bit of a hassle. Finding the appliances that match your kitchen style can be a difficult task. It gets even more challenging if you are thinking about replacing your kitchen cabinets with new ones. You probably went through all Lowe’s and Home Depot’s stock cabinets just to find out that none of them is what you imagined for your home.

You want something that no one else has. You want something unique, not just any stock cabinet. Well, in looking for the right cabinetry, just as in life, you should never stop after the first no.

Let’s explore what actually makes a great cabinet.

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Published on November 17th, 2021 by

Brian Dailey is a master craftsman who puts his clients’ happiness above all else, with experience and customer-focused principles that allow him to turn each property into an elegant home. He treats every project carefully – from renovations on historic properties or new builds for first time owners alike.

Choosing The Perfect Custom Cabinet

Knowing that your friends will be both impressed and astonished by your new kitchen cabinets is something to look forward to. The right cabinets will enhance and set the tone for your kitchen and bathroom.

The cabinets are the first thing anyone sees when entering the room. Besides, everyone appreciates a good design. So, if your kitchen or bathroom hasn’t seen any updates lately, I recommend you start from there.

When choosing the perfect custom cabinet, a few aspects come into play.

Material Options For Your Cabinet

Nothing compares with the vintage look that wood can give to a cabinet. Every wood species available at Dailey Manufacturing will give a different vibe to your kitchen. Below, we listed some of the most popular wood choices for cabinets.

Maple Wood

Strong, close-grained, and off-white in color, maple wood cabinets add a classic timelessness to your kitchen. The timber can be stained and polished to your needs.

Oak Wood

Oak comes in a wide variety of colors, such as white, yellow, or red-brown.
It is highly durable, easy to work with, and just looks great.

Cherry Wood

The cherry wood is almost immune to rot and decay and has an outstanding shock resistance. When sanded and stained it creates a smooth finish.

Birch Wood

Straight-grained and with a fine, uniform wavy pattern, the birch wood is a heavy, hard, and strong material that will make your cabinet almost indestructible.

Laminate Wood

High-pressure laminates are a great choice for kitchen cabinets. They are maintenance-free, affordable, durable, and don’t require additional staining or glazing.

Alternatives To Wooden Cabinets

When talking about cabinets, we tend to think of wooden cabinets only. Well, there are actually a lot of other options out there.

Here are some of them:

Particleboard. Still a wood product, the particleboard is actually engineered and constructed from wood chips and other particles fused together with strong adhesives. This alternative is rapidly becoming the go-to for eco-friendly homes because it uses a lot of recyclable materials.

Medium-density Fiberboard, just like the aforementioned, is seeing a promising future in eco-friendly construction. It has a fine texture and its dense build makes it perfect for custom cabinetry.

Melamine. This is a plastic-based material that is occasionally used as a covering for the particleboard cabinet panels. It accompanies an affordable and attractive blend of particleboard and wood veneer.

Textured melamine is designed to mimic the look of natural wood. This alternative offers a rich and beautiful look for your kitchen or bathroom cabinet. It has greater durability than traditional melamine due to its thermal-fused structure.

Plywood is constructed from thin layers of wood known as plies. Also an engineered product, it is used mostly for cabinet shelves and boxes.

Here at Dailey, you can find any type of wood you want for your cabinets. Our focus is mainly on plywood because it’s eco-friendly and safely engineered to give the same durability as any wood. It keeps the costs at a minimum, while still providing the best quality for your cabinetry.

Finishing Options

The beauty of your wooden cabinet also depends on a good finish. Appearance is essential if you want it to stand out.

Having the right look and feel depends on the type of finish you pick. If you’re going with a cozy and warm feeling, go for the traditional style. If you’re looking for a vibe that’s more fresh and new, go with the modern or contemporary style.

Here are some popular types of cabinet finishes:

Glazed Finish

Glazed, where a base stain is applied and followed by a highlight to add depth to the look.

Painted Finish

Painted, where your cabinet can be painted in any color you want it to be. You can also choose a glossy or matte look for your paint.

Vintage Finish

Vintage, where random distressing, over-sanding, and a pigment stain will create a vintage-looking cabinet.

Crown Molding

The crown molding is the decorative piece that covers the top of your kitchen cabinets. They are used to finish the aesthetic look of your new custom-made cabinet. The crown molding is an iconic look for the traditional style, so if that’s what you’re aiming for, it’s definitely a must.

If you take a quick glance at the images below, you’ll notice how crown molding makes it look like the cabinets are part of the room, and not an add-on. While the kitchen on the right is nothing short of beautiful, the one with crown molding stands out.

Cabinets with crown molding

Cabinets without crown molding

The Fine Art of Cabinet Making

Building cabinets is a fine art. Understanding the basic construction principles will make it easier for you to choose the best cabinet.

Framed versus Frameless Construction

A solid frame on the cabinet’s outer edge means a sturdier, heavier cabinet. Because it has multiple pieces fastened to its front side, it means a framed kitchen cabinet will always hold more weight than a frameless one.

A frameless cabinet is all about maximizing storage space and accessibility. Going frameless would mean a sleeker, more contemporary appearance. The framed version of a cabinet would be more of a traditional approach to your kitchen style.

Base Cabinets, Wall Cabinets, And Islands

Besides the frame, a cabinet is also defined by its location and the way it’s mounted in your kitchen or bathroom. The most common options would be:

  • Base cabinets, which are mounted to the floor. They provide the best physical support for countertops and are often placed next to a wall or a kitchen island.
  • Wall cabinets are mounted to the wall. Unlike the base cabinets, these are not connected to the floor, so always take the weight they’ll sustain into consideration.
  • Pantry cabinets are usually mounted to the wall using studs.

Finding The Right Custom Cabinet Maker

Custom cabinets are one of the highlights of your home. Having access to a lot of custom cabinet makers is a great opportunity. It means there is competition between them, which means a constant improvement of their services. Ultimately, it means a better price for you.

Finding someone dependable, professional, and trustworthy is quite hard. Here’s a list of things you can do to filter through all the top cabinet makers in your area.

Looking through the price filter

Stock cabinets cost anywhere from $100 to $300 per linear foot. A fully custom cabinet will set you back anywhere from $500 to $1,200+ per linear foot. If you’re looking for a custom one, but also want to save money, semi-custom cabinets cost anywhere from $150 to $650 per linear foot.

No two custom cabinetry projects are the same. The best way to find out how much your custom cabinets will cost is to contact a local company for a free quote.

Test the grounds

Never hesitate to ask questions directly to the company you are interested to work with. They’ll be more than happy to assist and guide you through the whole process. If that doesn’t happen, you may find yourself wondering how your project will unfold once the contract is signed.

Check the reviews

It’s a good idea to go through the Google reviews and see how cabinet makers respond to bad reviews. See if they make an excuse out of it or use it as an opportunity to grow.

As a business owner, I’ve learned a lot from the people I work with. Sometimes the hard way – through a 1-star review. We are all human and we do make mistakes. I’m always committed to making it right for my clients.

How Much Will My Cabinets Cost?

The cost of your cabinets depends on the materials, finishes, and overall complexity of the job. The higher quality ones can be quite expensive, but they’ll last longer since they’re stronger.

For higher-end cabinets you can expect to pay between $30K to $100K.

Get Your Exact Estimate

A Quick Look At Our Process

Here at Dailey Manufacturing, you can be sure your new kitchen or bathroom is in good hands. You will have the best possible cabinetry you could get, no matter the size, color or material you’d like to use.

The whole process consists of four simple steps

1. Get In Touch

The first step is to fill out our quote request form and share details about your project.

2. Consultation

We will begin with an initial consultation over the phone or chat. You’ll get our full attention and guidance for your specific needs. You’ll get a quote and we then move on to the next step, the design, and manufacturing.

3. Design

You will get a free 3D design rendering of your dream cabinets. You’ll see exactly how it’s going to look before you even pay anything.

4. Production and Installation

It takes around 8 weeks on average for your new cabinets to be ready, but that really depends on their complexity.

Our specialists will be putting in the work to have your custom cabinets ready in time. When they are finished, you will get them safely delivered right at your door. From then, you can enjoy watching your kitchen come to life as we install everything.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Should Custom Cabinets Cost?

On average, custom kitchen cabinets cost about $4,693. According to HomeAdvisor, prices are ranging from $2,288 to $7,427.

Custom kitchen cabinets cost per linear foot is about $850 with average prices ranging from $500 to $1,200 per linear foot.

It costs anywhere from $12,500 to $30,000 to install custom kitchen cabinets for a kitchen with 25 linear feet of cabinetry.

Are Custom Kitchen Cabinets More Expensive?

Yes. Custom cabinets with regular features will normally start at $7,000 for a 10-foot by 10-foot kitchen. On average, for a kitchen of the same size, stock cabinets will cost about $3,500.

Even so, custom cabinet pricing is difficult to determine without knowing all project specifications and homeowners’ ideas. I recommend getting a free quote for the most accurate price.

Is It Cheaper To Build Or Buy Cabinets?

It’s cheaper to build. The labor for building a custom cabinet accounts for around 75% of the total price. So, if you have some real good DIY skills, building the cabinets yourself will definitely save you some money. If you have the skill but lack the time to do it, buying stock cabinets or semi-custom ones will also bring down the cost of your project.

What do semi-custom cabinets mean?

A semi-custom cabinet is similar to a stock cabinet, but it has more options for customization and other details, like cabinet doors, knobs, and so on. They are at a lower price than the fully customized ones, and you can still benefit from the same functionality and a beautiful look.

What’s The Difference Between Custom-Built Cabinets And Brand Ones?

Stock cabinetry from brands like Ikea or Lowe’s will usually be a cheaper option because they systematize the building process. The materials they use are inexpensive and you’ll also have to assemble them. You can be sure that your local custom cabinet makers use better materials.

Stock cabinets also come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and styles, but there’s a limit to that. A custom cabinet maker will make your cabinet exactly the size, color, and style you want it to be.


When it comes to your home, you deserve the very best. Custom cabinets are an excellent way of making sure that everything is just right for your kitchen and living space.

Our team at Dailey Manufacturing has years of experience in making custom cabinets that will make a lasting impression on your visitors long after they’ve left. We specialize in cabinetry design using only the finest materials with a focus on sustainability and environmental friendliness.

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What Our Customers Say


Thank you to Brian and the team for creating our beautiful master bathroom cabinets. They came out exactly as we had designed and were delivered on time and seamlessly. Brian was so great and easy to work with. Highly recommended!

Kelly Gallagher


My husband and I have worked with Brian and his team at Dailey Manufacturing for a number of projects over the years. The attention to detail and the quality of the end product is bar none… we have used DM for complete custom kitchen cabinetry, hallway benches, eating islands, etc. We have yet to find a project outside of their craftsmanship parameters. Highly recommend!

Aileen Solana


George and Brian Dailey are the place to go for windows and kitchen cabinets. Way more knowledgeable than any big-box store, but with personal service and competitive prices… If you like old-school attention to detail, you should give them the opportunity to quote your next project.

Paul I.

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