Custom cabinets are a great way to add a unique touch to your home. They’ll increase your home’s value and make your kitchen truly feel like your own personal space. No matter what aesthetic you’re hoping for or how strange your kitchen layout is, custom kitchen cabinets can be made to meet your needs.

When it comes to ordering and installing your custom cabinets, though, you probably have some questions. To give you a better idea of the whole process, here’s a guide on what’s involved in custom cabinet making and how long you can expect it to take.

How Long Does it Take?

While the actual installation process is fairly short, don’t expect your cabinets to arrive immediately. It will take several weeks after your initial consultation before your custom cabinets are ready to be delivered and installed.

There’s a lot that has to be done before installation. This includes the initial consultation, the planning and designing of your cabinets, and the building process. Once all the “before” steps are completed, you can expect your cabinets to be delivered and installed within just a few days.

A typical installation takes about 2 days. Depending on the size of the job and how many complications arise, though, this can vary greatly. For example, smaller, more straightforward projects may only take a day to complete, whereas large, complex projects may take weeks.

Here are some things that could affect how long your cabinet installation takes:

What is Involved: Cabinet Installation

Cabinet installation is an intricate process. Most cabinets will be used to hold heavy glassware, so it’s vital that they’re able to hold this weight safely and easily. If the cabinets aren’t properly installed, they could come crashing down, which is extremely dangerous.

Each installation company will have slightly different expectations and procedures that they follow, so be sure to check with them and ensure you have everything in order. You may be expected to pay the full balance before the crew arrives or when they arrive. You may also need to schedule the installation several weeks out, so make sure to keep an eye on dates.

When the installation crew arrives, you’ll need to be onsite so they can access your home to work. You’ll show them where to install the cabinets and how you want them to be laid out. You’ll likely pay the final balance at this time as well.

Make sure to inspect the cabinets after they’ve been installed. If you notice any damage or see something that’s incorrect, be sure to make a punch list and let the crew and your manufacturer know right away so they can fix it for you as soon as possible.

Punch lists are good for keeping track of damaged or defective items. Contractors will likely work with you to resolve this, but some may require an extra fee for certain items or after the first few times you submit a punch list. As such, make sure to read their policy, so you know what to expect.


Custom cabinets are perfect for bringing your dream kitchen to life. Everything from the wood used to the shape and size can be adjusted to meet your needs which is why they’re so popular amongst homeowners. Call us today if you have any other questions about custom cabinet installation and we’ll be glad to help!