Benefits of unfinished, ready-to-assemble cabinets include lower cost when compared with custom units, easier installation for home projects, and the ability to match the finish and hardware to existing cabinets. They also allow the homeowner more flexibility in design options such as hardware and finishes.
Many homeowners purchase unfinished, ready-to-assemble cabinets because they have a considerably lower cost than custom cabinetry. Ready-to-assemble models come in standard sizes and configurations, often with the walls and doors already attached in complete units. Although this limits the buyer's customization options, as she might not be able to purchase cabinets that fit her space exactly, the factory construction process reduces overhead and results in a lower retail price. These models do allow buyers to choose different individual pieces to create unique configurations. It is also often easier to install ready-to-assemble cabinets because the process only involves mounting the units to the wall, rather than fitting multiple pieces within the space.
Homeowners are also able to choose different stain and finish options with unfinished cabinets, also contributing to the lower cost. Many homeowners choose unfinished cabinets to match an existing custom installation or to modify a previous set of ready-to-assemble cabinets, as the lack of finish allows them to match them to the current items. These models also allow the buyer to choose custom hardware or make other exterior modifications.