Your home needs custom built-in cabinets – here’s why


Built-in cabinets get a bad rep for being expensive. With advantages like durability and customisation, we make the case for why they’re more value for your Ringgit.

Before we get into the benefits of custom cabinets, here’s a clear differentiation between stock cabinets, semi-custom, and custom ones:

  • Stock cabinets – manufactured in standard sizes with few to no customisation options.
  • Semi-custom – manufactured in a few sizes and styles for you to choose from.
  • Custom-built based on individual specifications for size, colour, style, material, and finish.

1. Custom cabinets will last

Custom cabinets are handcrafted by professionals as opposed to assembled in a factory. As a result, more care and time is invested in custom pieces, making them more durable. Stock and semi-custom cabinets, on the other hand, are made in large quantities at a higher rate, and as a result, are poorer in quality.

So while a wardrobe from Ikea might be in optimal condition for 5 years, a custom cabinet will last many, many, many, many, many – you get the picture – years.

2. Everything you can imagine is real

To no one’s surprise, the best part of a customised cabinet is the customisation. Choose your size, storage style (drawers, cabinets, shelves, etc), finishing, door, and materials.

If you’re an avid collector of figurines, for example, display it with pride at the TV wall for a truly unique focal point.

Another creative use for a custom cabinet is partition for open space. Take a cue from this elegant bookcase that is both storage and partition.

Custom cabinets also serve very particular needs well, such as a walk-in wardrobe or even a secret room.

3. Optimise your unique space

Custom-built cabinets are especially useful for unique floor plans and layouts. Got an unused corner in the living room or an especially long and narrow kitchen? Then custom built cabinets will optimise your space.

An often wasted space is the TV wall. Here, custom-made TV cabinets and shelves are not only space-efficient, but are useful for storing things like remote controls, magazines, sofa throws, decorative ornaments, cables, and more.

4. Design for your lifestyle and taste

Working with an in-house cabinet maker designer or an interior designer means getting expert advice on cabinets that suit your needs and style. The designer can consult you on your unique usage of, for example, your kitchen. If you cook a lot, your kitchen cabinets can be designed to optimise work stations, storage, and stain-resistant surfaces.

Instead of making guesses with stock cabinets, you can plan for your room’s cabinetry by viewing your designer’s 3D rendering to help you visualise the look and feel of your completed space.

READ: 5 design tricks to transform your small house into a comfortable home

This article was originally published as Your home needs custom built-in cabinets – here’s why by and is written by Charmaine Kon.