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Top 10 Types of Cabinets for Different Lifestyles And Situations

There are several types of cabinets available in the Singapore market today, each with its own unique features and advantages. Let's explore ten different types of cabinets:

#1 Built-in Cabinets:

Built-in cabinets are highly customizable and are constructed on-site to fit seamlessly into the available space. Skilled craftsmen apply laminates on-site, ensuring a polished finish. These cabinets are popular for kitchens in residential and commercial projects, as well as in high-end homes due to their customizability. However, they can be costly, especially for hidden components, and the installation process may take several days or weeks.

Living Room Customized Furniture 

Feature: Living Room Customized Furniture

#4 Modular Cabinets:

Modular cabinets are constructed using standardized carcasses with fixed dimensions. They are assembled into boxes using partitions or face boards, providing flexibility in design. The installation process is relatively clean, and the cost is reasonable. However, their storage efficiency is lower compared to built-in and made-to-measure types, making them more suitable for larger homes with ample space.

Norya Modular Cabinets In American Walnut And Piano Grey

Feature: Norya Modular Cabinets In American Walnut And Piano Grey

#3 Standalone Cabinets:

Standalone cabinets, such as standalone sliding door wardrobes, are individual furniture pieces that can be easily installed. They offer flexibility in room arrangement and are highly transportable. However, their storage efficiency is lower compared to other types, making them more suitable for smaller homes or for those who prioritize design flexibility and mobility.

Custom Wardrobe 1.2m-1.5m with Sliding Doors - **STARBUY**

Feature: Custom Wardrobe 1.2m-1.5m with Sliding Doors - **STARBUY**

#4 Made to Measure Cabinets:

Made to Measure cabinets are pre-made off-site and installed within a day. They offer maximum storage space efficiency and can be fully customized to meet specific requirements. The cost is reasonable, and the installation process remains relatively clean. Made-to-measure cabinets are trendy, especially in apartments, condominiums, and HDB flats, where efficient storage and tailored design are highly valued.

Custom Carpentry Full-Height Shoe Cabinet - Assorted Colour (SC1)

Feature: Custom Carpentry Full-Height Shoe Cabinet - Assorted Colour (SC1)

#5 Low Sideboards:

Low sideboards are cabinets that sit closer to the ground and are primarily used for storage or displaying decorative items. They come in various designs and sizes, offering both open and closed storage options. Low sideboards are versatile and can be used in living rooms, dining rooms, or bedrooms to add both functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Florence 6-Drawer Sideboard (MCS-SD15224F-WAL/FELT M1402)

Feature: Florence 6-Drawer Sideboard (MCS-SD15224F-WAL/FELT M1402)

#6 High Cabinets:

High cabinets are tall storage units that provide ample vertical storage space. They often feature shelves, drawers, or a combination of both, making them suitable for storing various items, including kitchenware, cleaning supplies, or linens. High cabinets are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, or utility rooms to maximize storage capacity while utilizing vertical space efficiently.

Custom Carpentry - High Cabinets With Tatami Storage Bed

Feature: Custom Carpentry - High Cabinets With Tatami Storage Bed

#7 Hanging Cabinets:

Hanging cabinets are wall-mounted units that help optimize space utilization. They are commonly used in kitchens or bathrooms to store cookware, dishes, or toiletries. Hanging cabinets keep the floor clear, making them particularly suitable for smaller spaces where every inch of storage matters. These cabinets can be installed at different heights to accommodate specific needs and preferences.

Living Room Carpentry With Hanging Cabinet

Feature: Living Room Carpentry With Hanging Cabinet 

#8 Display Cabinets:

Display cabinets are designed specifically for showcasing and highlighting items of interest. They often feature glass panels on multiple sides and built-in lighting to create an attractive display. Display cabinets are commonly used in museums, retail stores, or even in homes to exhibit cherished objects or valuable collections. These cabinets may include adjustable shelves, locks for security, and specialized features for artifact preservation, depending on the intended use.

Custom Carpentry Display Shelf With Back Lighting

Feature: Custom Carpentry Display Shelf With Back Lighting

#9 Glass-fronted:

Glass-fronted cabinets feature transparent or translucent doors, allowing visibility of the contents within. They are commonly used for displaying collectibles, fine china, or other aesthetically pleasing items. Glass-fronted cabinets can add an elegant touch to dining rooms, living spaces, or even retail environments. They may have adjustable glass shelves and built-in lighting to enhance the display and create a visually appealing focal point.

Custom Carpentry Display Cabinets

Feature: Custom Carpentry Display Cabinets

#10 TV Cabinets

TV cabinets are specifically designed to accommodate televisions and related media equipment. They offer a dedicated space to house the TV, gaming consoles, cable boxes, and other media devices. TV cabinets often feature compartments, shelves, or drawers for organized storage of DVDs, remote controls, and other accessories.

TV Cabinet Wall With Various Storage Options

Feature: TV Cabinet Wall With Various Storage Options

Some TV cabinets may also incorporate cable management systems to keep wires and cables neatly organized and hidden. These cabinets come in various styles, including stand-alone units, wall-mounted options, or integrated designs that blend seamlessly with the overall decor of the room. TV cabinets provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution for organizing and displaying entertainment equipment in living rooms, bedrooms, or entertainment areas.


Remember to consider factors such as available space, storage needs, budget, and desired customization when choosing a cabinet type. Each type offers unique benefits and considerations, so selecting the ideal cabinet type will depend on your specific requirements and preferences.

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