Kitchen cabinets are an essential part of any home. When the time comes to update your kitchen with new cabinetry, you might wonder about the different styles and models of ready made kitchen cabinets that are available both at local home improvement centers and online. Ready made cabinets also known as “stock cabinets” are usually made ahead of time and stocked by a distributor ready for sale. These cabinets come in specified pre-made sizes ranging from 9″ to 48″ in width, usually in 3″ increments. Because ready made cabinets have specified sizes, they limit the options for cabinet height, width and depth, which may limit the space available in irregular shaped kitchens, and can make fitting in extra large appliances difficult. Also, ready made cabinets are most likely made of thinner materials and lesser quality components such as the hinges, etc. These ready made or stock cabinets need to have fillers used, which are wood pieces that are similar to the color of the cabinetry, that fill in the extra space left over between the cabinets.
Ready made kitchen cabinets are perfect for a no-fuss simple kitchen renovation. There are a variety of woods commonly used in building ready made kitchen cabinets. Of these, oak is one of the hardest and heaviest woods. Cherry is also a great hard wood that can add some natural color to your kitchen. The harder and heavier the wood, the more expensive the cabinets. If your budget is more limited, you can go with alder or poplar, which are less expensive woods. Although not as hard and heavy as oak or cherry, these woods take stain well and have a great finish.