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    CT State license: HIC.0614520 | Westchester license: WC-28604-H16
    CT State license: HIC.0614520 | Westchester license: WC-28604-H16

YRS Home Improvement offers custom kitchen cabinet fabrication and installation for residential an commercial properties in Stamford, CT and surrounding towns of Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk and beyond! When choosing between prefinished and unfinished cabinets, several factors come into play including cost, customization, installation time, and finish quality. Here’s a detailed comparison of both options:

Prefinished Cabinets


  • Cabinets that come with a factory-applied finish. They are ready to install immediately upon delivery.


  1. Time-Saving: Since the finish is already applied, installation is quicker and less labor-intensive.
  2. Consistent Quality: Factory-applied finishes are often more consistent and durable due to controlled conditions and advanced finishing techniques.
  3. Immediate Use: Once installed, these cabinets are ready to use immediately without waiting for the finish to dry or cure.
  4. Less Mess: No need for sanding, staining, or painting on-site, which reduces dust and fumes in your home.


  1. Limited Customization: Color and finish options are limited to what the manufacturer offers. Customization is less flexible compared to unfinished cabinets.
  2. Higher Initial Cost: Prefinished cabinets can be more expensive upfront due to the added manufacturing process of finishing.
  3. Potential Fit Issues: If adjustments are needed during installation, it can be challenging to match the prefinished color and texture.

Unfinished Cabinets


  • Cabinets that are delivered in their raw wood state, requiring finishing on-site after installation.


  1. Customization: Offers complete control over the choice of stains, paints, and finishes. You can match the cabinets perfectly to your desired style and existing decor.
  2. Cost Flexibility: Typically, unfinished cabinets have a lower initial cost, giving you flexibility in choosing your finishing materials and process.
  3. Adaptability: Easier to make modifications or adjustments during installation without worrying about damaging a pre-applied finish.


  1. Time-Consuming: Finishing the cabinets on-site requires additional time for sanding, staining, painting, and curing. This can significantly extend the project timeline.
  2. Labor-Intensive: The process can be labor-intensive, requiring skill to achieve a professional-looking finish. Mistakes in finishing can affect the overall appearance and durability.
  3. Mess and Fumes: On-site finishing creates dust, fumes, and odors, which can be inconvenient and require good ventilation and protective measures.

Key Considerations

  1. Budget:
    • Prefinished cabinets might have a higher upfront cost but can save on labor expenses.
    • Unfinished cabinets are cheaper initially but require investment in finishing materials and labor.
  2. Customization Needs:
    • Prefinished cabinets offer limited options but ensure a high-quality finish.
    • Unfinished cabinets provide complete freedom in choosing finishes, perfect for matching specific colors and styles.
  3. Project Timeline:
    • Prefinished cabinets are ideal for quicker installations.
    • Unfinished cabinets require more time due to the finishing process.
  4. Installation Environment:
    • Prefinished cabinets minimize mess and disruption.
    • Unfinished cabinets need a well-ventilated space for on-site finishing.
  5. Skill Level:
    • Prefinished cabinets are easier for DIY installations.
    • Unfinished cabinets may require professional finishing to achieve the best results.


Choosing between prefinished and unfinished cabinets depends on your priorities for customization, budget, time constraints, and willingness to handle or manage the finishing process. Prefinished cabinets offer convenience and consistency, while unfinished cabinets provide flexibility and personalization opportunities.

Contact us today at (203) 313-5036 to schedule a quick no-cost quote!  We can provide you with a detailed quote based on your requirements and preferences. We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.