Millwork vs. Casework: Understanding the Difference

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Two words you’re likely to run into when you embark on a remodeling project for your home are millwork and casework. Although they both fall under the category of carpentry or woodworking, there are a few important differences between the two concepts. Understanding what these differences are will help you determine which one will work best for your project.

Let’s take a look at how millwork and casework are defined, and how to choose one for your home or office renovation!

What is millwork?

Generally, any kind of woodwork or finished building product that is produced in a mill is considered millwork. This includes wooden elements of an interior space such as trim, crown molding, door frames, fireplace mantles, cabinetry, and similar features. Integral wooden elements of a building, such as floors or ceilings, and removable pieces such as wooden furniture, are not considered millwork. The key defining aspect of millwork is that it is custom-designed and made for the home or office space it’s in.

What is casework?

Casework is defined as the production of boxes and box-like features that go into a space. This includes primarily cabinets, bookshelves, drawers, cases, and other storage areas. Unlike millwork, casework products are prefabricated and modular. Customization does not go beyond the dimensions of the space, although they are typically made in a number of standard dimensions anyway.

Is millwork or casework better for my space?

There are advantages to both millwork and casework products to consider when choosing one (or both) to use in your space. Millwork, of course, is advantageous because it is made to fit your unique space and suit your specific needs. It tends to be of higher quality, and thus add more value to your home or office. Casework, on the other hand, is faster to acquire and typically cheaper to buy, since you’re getting stock products. This can make it a better option for projects that need to be completed quickly or with a limited budget.

If you decide to prioritize quality and value and choose millwork for your renovation project, get in touch with A&E Millwork. We offer premier custom millwork solutions for the home and office that are characterized by fine craftsmanship and will take your space to the next level.

Give us a call at 718-618-0627 to learn more about our master millwork services!