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Inside the True Custom Shop

DRAPER♦DBS is made in America, in Bucks County, PA. We take pride in our small woodshop and believe in keeping the focus of our business on a meticulous attention to detail. We have no assembly line, no stock of cabinets, and we take no shortcuts. Each piece is handcrafted, one at a time, by our 25 artisans.

No Boring Kitchens!


July’s Kitchen & Bath Design News features our favorite mother-daughter team, designers Susan and Alexandra Knight of Korts & Knight!

With design showrooms in San Francisco and Manhattan (pictured above), Susan and Alexi’s recent DRAPER♦DBS projects have taken custom to a whole new level!

In 2014 alone, we’ve crafted doggie day spa cabinetry with carved Norwich Terriers, created a custom paint with gold leaf in the glaze, and, up next – a custom door incorporating cowhide!

But who KBDN forgot to mention is design pioneer (and husband/father), Richard Knight! Richard’s design explorations (like this Coco Chanel-inspired island design, below) also lead Korts & Knight in pursuit of its design credo “No boring kitchens!” No wonder we love collaborating with this family of designers!



Keep the inspiring ideas coming, Richard, Susan, and Alexi!

Want a custom kitchen design that’s anything but boring? Find inspiration here!

House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Month!

1369 HB KOTM Glaymon

This bright and cheerful kitchen design took center stage in House Beautiful’s March issue. Designer Bob Schultz of design showroom William Draper Cabinetmaker collaborated with INC Architecture & Design on this Manhattan apartment’s kitchen.

Their client fell in love with the British Arts & Crafts movement while living in London, says the architect.  With the clients’ return to Manhattan, they wanted a design feeling that was “modern and fresh, but still evocative of classic, turn-of-the-19th-century millwork.”

The answer was DRAPER♦DBS.  Bob channeled the English countryside with our Cope & Stick door style.  To brighten the galley kitchen, three shades of custom, glossy gray paint bounce bright light from open shutters around the room.

Reflecting on the cabinets’ craftsmanship and his collaboration with DRAPER♦DBS and Bob, the architect says:

“It’s wonderful to be able to actually talk to the guys who are making something.”

It’s exactly this reason why we take pride in our small woodshop!  We have no assembly line, no stock of cabinets, and we take no shortcuts.  Each piece is handcrafted one at a time, and signed by one of the 25 artisans who created it.

View more of our award-winning custom cabinetry designs here!


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The True Custom Shop

DRAPER♦DBS custom cabinetry is made with pride in America, in Bucks County, PA. Each piece is handcrafted one at a time, and signed by the artisan who created it.

From a true custom shop, comes a true custom product.

We have no assembly line and no stock of cabinets. Our business is dedicated to producing the most unique and personal designs in the industry.

We create over a hundred custom finishes every year.

Each finish is multi-layered with every element carefully selected: from wood color and grain, to stain and paint pigments, to surface texture, and top coat formulation and sheen.

"Every view, perfect.
Every touch, perfect.

Thank you to your team of craftsmen for giving us such a magnificent and timeless piece of workmanship."
—The Youngs

We're proud to partner

with a diverse community of associate artisans. With hand-carvings, stained and leaded glass, and cast and cut metals, together we provide a level of artistic customization above anything else in the market.