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Should I Make My Own Laundry Room Cabinets?

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If you're interested in installing cabinets in your laundry room, you're not alone. From providing extra storage space to elevating the room decor, there are several benefits to high-quality laundry room cabinetry. As this trend takes off, more and more homeowners are wondering: should I make my own laundry room cabinets? The short answer is no – and in this blog, we'll explain why by going over the following topics:

By the end, you'll have all the information you need to make the best possible cabinetry decisions. Let's get started!

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The Challenges of Cabinet Making

If you have some woodworking experience and are ambitious, you might be interested in making your own laundry room cabinets. However, before you take on this creative endeavor, you must understand the challenges involved.

Tools and Workspace Needed for Cabinet Making

You'll need a substantial set of tools to build your own cabinets. This may include the following;

  • Plywood
  • Table or miter saw
  • Drill
  • Nails

First, you'll need to purchase the plywood that will make up your cabinet (typically available in 4x8 sheets). Then, using a saw, you must trim the wood until it matches your desired measurements. Once you have the right-sized wood sheets, you'll have to drill pieces together to form the cabinets.

Finding and assembling the tools will take time, energy, and money if you don't already have the necessary tools. In addition to these resources, you'll need a good workspace. This should be where you have enough space and can safely use electrical supplies.

Vehicle to Transport 4x8 Sheets of Plywood

As mentioned above, plywood is usually available in 4x8 sheets. Thus, you can't just walk into a store and carry it home — you'll need a vehicle to transport the wood. Ideally, the vehicle should have a luggage rack to hold the material. Depending on the rack, you may have to create notches in the wood to make it fit.

Time and Expertise Necessary

The most important tools you'll need to make your own cabinets aren't plywood, saws, or anything else you could buy in a store — they're time and expertise. Custom cabinetry can take anywhere from eight to 12 weeks to construct on your own. You'll also need some general knowledge of woodworking and craftsmanship.

The Downside of Stock Laundry Room Cabinets

Most people don't have the time, expertise, and supplies to make their own cabinets, so they're left with one option: buying them. When purchasing cabinets, you can choose between stock and custom varieties. Pre-made stock cabinets are the more affordable option. However, they come with two significant downsides.

Poor Quality

The first disadvantage of stock laundry room cabinets is their poor quality. Most pre-made cabinets use engineered wood (such as particle board or MDF), which is more susceptible to chipping and peeling. Furthermore, these aren’t the best surfaces for painting and customizing.

Short Lifespan

Stock cabinetry may be less expensive than custom cabinetry, but it also has a much shorter life span. The average stock cabinet lasts around 15 to 20 years; a custom cabinet can last over 50 years.

The Benefits of Custom Laundry Room Cabinetry

Chances are, you don't want to go through the trouble of building your own cabinets. You also don't want to invest in low-quality cabinets that are difficult to customize and don't last long. So, what's the best solution? The answer is custom cabinets.

Since 1996, our team at Cabinet Coatings has created hand-crafted cabinets designed to enhance kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms for years to come. Here are a few top benefits of custom cabinets.


A major feature of custom cabinetry is its long lifespan. High-quality, custom cabinets are highly durable and resistant to moisture, which enables them to last for decades. Ultimately, one custom cabinet can outlast about two or three stock cabinets.


The main feature that sets custom cabinets apart from pre-made versions is the high-quality wood that's used. Most custom cabinets use hardwood from dicot trees found in tropical forest regions. Popular types of hardwood include the following:

  • Oak
  • Cherry
  • Pine
  • Maple

While each type of hardwood has unique features, they all share two main traits in common: durability and beauty. Hardwood is more durable and long-lasting than plywood, MDF, and particle board. This strength is paired with a sleek, elegant appearance that immediately elevates any room.

Custom Features

One of the biggest disadvantages of stock cabinets is that they're not very customizable. On the other hand, laundry room cabinets can be personalized to meet your precise design preferences. Not only can you paint and stain the exterior, but you can also improve functionality and organization (such as by adding sliding racks).

The best way to fulfill your customization requirements is by working with an expert team like Cabinet Coatings. During a free consultation, we'll get to know your needs and explain how we will work with you to design a cabinet system that fits your style, space, and budget demands. No matter your needs, you can expect high-quality craftsmanship, honest prices, and a job done right the first time.

Looking for Quality, Custom Cabinets? Call Cabinet Coatings Today! 

Do you need new laundry room cabinets? At Cabinet Coatings, our team has decades of experience delivering expertly crafted, high-quality custom cabinets. Contact us online or call (480) 641-9611 for a same-day, no-obligation quote.

Chuck Derouen