Architectural Millwork & Casework: What's the Difference?

Originally published July 22, 2019. Last updated May 20, 2023.

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When it comes to woodwork and interior design options, there's a plethora of choices available to consumers. To help you make an informed decision for your home or business, let's delve into the world of architectural casework and millwork.

Difference 1: Level of Creativity

The key distinction between casework and millwork lies in the level of originality and customization. Millwork involves skilled craftsmen meticulously creating unique pieces tailored to a specific customer's needs. Each item is individually handcrafted in a mill, resulting in a one-of-a-kind creation.

On the other hand, casework revolves around factory production, where multiple units are manufactured based on a standard template. Casework pieces are intended to resemble each other, ensuring a cohesive aesthetic. It's akin to the convenience of ready-made furniture at stores like Ikea, offering practical solutions for everyday shoppers. Typical casework includes chairs, desks, and tables.

Difference 2: Custom Designs

Due to its mass production, casework can be completed more swiftly, often under tight deadlines to meet production quotas. Consequently, the attention to detail and precision found in millwork may be lacking in casework. The luxury of time and focus required for the unique craftsmanship of millwork is not available.

Millwork encompasses a broader range of possibilities, including custom-cut armoires, mantels, moldings, and trim work. These pieces enhance the visual appeal of both interior and exterior surfaces. As a result, the final products of millwork are high quality and aesthetically pleasing.

Difference 3: Price & Quality

Price is often a decisive factor in any purchase. Millwork tends to be pricier than casework due to the higher level of quality and individualization it offers. The meticulous attention, time, and expertise invested in creating a bespoke millwork piece contribute to its elevated price. The result is a functional work of art that provides a distinct experience beyond what casework can achieve.

That being said, casework has its own advantages, especially in terms of affordability and cost-effectiveness. Opting for casework for interior spaces can help save costs, allowing you to allocate a budget towards investing in exquisite millwork for other spaces.

Discover the Beauty of Architectural Woodwork with Ferrante Manufacturing Company

At Ferrante Manufacturing Company, we specialize in producing functional, decorative furnishings, and artistic installations using architectural millwork techniques. Our skilled artisans often work on-site, allowing us to create unique elements that set your space apart from others. The interior architectural installation and design process is always one-of-a-kind, set specifically to your needs.

If you're currently deliberating between casework and millwork for your business, we invite you to contact us online. Our team is eager to discuss your options and assist you in creating a space that truly reflects your vision.

Experience the allure of architectural millwork today!

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