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An Overview of Kitchen Cabinets: An Interview with Michael Martin of AmeriCrafters

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

AmeriCrafters has been helping people with their cabinetry needs since 1998. Providing: Frameless Custom & Standard Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry, Custom Closets Pantries, Basements, Bookcases, Bars, Entertainment Centers, Children's Furniture, Office Furniture & Unique Projects to solve storage and desirable look pieces. We have also added islands and add on pieces to kitchens to match existing cabinetry or make it set apart whichever the customer desired. We also offer easy access pullouts for those hard to reach areas. All the previous mentioned items are made from Quality materials and craftsmanship. Finally we also have a group of Professional Referrals for other remodeling needs such as, Windows, Doors, Drywall, Flooring, Electrical, Plumbing and more!

What are the main differences between stock, semi-custom and custom cabinets?

The difference between Stock/Semi-Custom and Custom is:

Stock Cabinets ?Come in Standard Sizes usually in 3" increments and are ordered to fit a customer's layout and most cabinet Boxes are made from Melamine products. Sides and shelves may be smaller in thickness than the other two types. The Drawer Fronts and Doors can be made from MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) painted or wrapped in vinyl. Or a combination of plywood/hardwood OR Hardwood.

Semi-Custom ? is much like Stock with the only exception being that stock cabinets are sometimes modified by the Installer to either create a piece out of finished parts or modify an existing cabinet to fit a particular area or desire of the customer. In many cases this is not done but the phrase is used by large manufacturers to influence the explanation of higher pricing, as the manufacturer is not actually providing any customization of their product, but leaving it up to the Installer to do so. Sides/Floors are usually ½" in thickness as face framing is usually used to save costs.

Custom- Cabinetry that is made to fit a desired location. Usually made from better quality materials such as plywood casing, Hardwood Drawer Fronts and Doors. Soft close Ball Bearing slides etc.

Some may be standard sizes while others may be made to fit an opening that otherwise would encompass using large fillers of either sides of the cabinetry. Sides/Floors are usually ¾" thick.

Buyer should be aware that Stock/Semi-Custom may all be offered in higher quality materials, although sides and flooring generally stay at ½" thickness with Face Frame type.

What should homeowners consider when buying Cabinetry

Just like when comparing automobiles that are of the same size and style but of different price points the same goes for cabinetry. Both will last a few years but only one will go the extra mile.

That being said, the most important things to stay away from is Sides and Floors, Drawers, Drawer Fronts, & Doors made from Melamine. Cheap Hinges, Drawer Slides. And Cabinetry that comes in pieces to put together. Any moving parts need to be of good strength. And any stationary parts need to be well fastened together without cheap fasteners.


Cabinet finishes can be anything from house paint to Lacquers to Polyurethane finishes. There are pros and cons to each.

House paint- pros Easier for Customer to touch up cons softer finish/easier to damage

Lacquers, pros hard durable finish cons easier to chip/professional to fix

Polyurethane pros Hard durable finish cons easier to chip/ professional to fix


The best way to increase storage and still have durable cabinetry is to go with a frameless plywood case and full overlay doors and Drawer Fronts. Pullouts actually decrease the amount of storage slightly but give you easier access to that area.

Best way to reach me:

Michael Martin

By Text at 770-876-8657 or by email at

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