Choosing Custom Cabinets in St. Charles, MO

You took the leap and decided to remodel. Now it’s time to choose custom cabinetry. But how? You’ve taken such care and devoted a great deal of time to your remodeling, you don’t want to make mistakes now. Following is some information to help you in choosing the best custom cabinetry.

Custom Cabinetry – The Ultimate in Design and Style

Choosing custom cabinetry can sometimes be overwhelming. The first step and easiest way to get started – and getting the end product you want – is to collect ideas. This is the fun part. Collect ideas the following ways:

  • Literature from countertop, flooring, appliance, and cabinet manufacturers
  • Visit websites and print off pictures of cabinets
  • Collect pictures of cabinets from magazines

By collecting these ideas, the cabinetmaker can get an idea of your style and color choices and show you ideas you’ll be interested in. Collecting ideas in this way is not only fun, it cuts down on some of the overwhelming decisions when choosing your style.

When choosing custom cabinetry you need to decide on the type of wood, door style, decorative treatment, and finish. Unless you’re a design professional, many of these features may be new to you.


Cabinets can be made from many different types of materials. The majority is wood and choosing the species of wood is your first step. The most popular choices are:

  • Maple
  • Cherry
  • Knotty Pine
  • Walnut
  • Red Birch
  • Red Oak
  • Mahogany

For cabinets out of the ordinary, you may choose more exotic woods such as Carmelized Bamboo, Quartered Figured Anigre, or Reconstituted Zebrawood.

Your cabinetmaker will show you samples of each type of wood. Choose the type of wood that fits your style and is pleasing to you. Also realize that different woods come with different prices. Choose a wood that will withstand the amount of wear and tear it will encounter but one that also fits in your budget.


The finish you choose affects the personality of the wood and helps create the style of the room you’re remodeling. Some of the finishing choices are:

  • Stain
  • Glaze
  • Paint
  • Distressed
  • Brush mark
  • Brush mark crackle
  • Laminate

The cabinet shop you choose will be able to show you examples of each finish they offer. When choosing the finish, take into consideration not only your style but also your lifestyle. Some finishes are easier to clean and maintain than others.

Door Styles

Door style refers to how the door is set on the cabinet (inset, flush, beaded inset, lipped, and overlay) and the profile of the door. The profile of the door can have recessed panels, raised panels, flat slab, or glass windows. Based on the style of you’ve chosen, your cabinetmaker can make suggestions for you.

Decorative Treatment

With custom cabinets, you can choose a wide variety of decorative treatments for your cabinets. Everything from finials, dentil molding, corbels, and many more are available.

If you’re interested in using these decorative treatments in your custom cabinets, bring pictures of the look you want and ask if this is available from us at TLS Home Improvement.

The cabinetry in your home is one of the most important features that sets your home apart. When choosing custom cabinets in O’Fallon and St. Charles, Missouri, decide which features are the most important to you, choose the cabinetmaker that listens to your ideas and can deliver the look you’re after.