Each cabinet door portrays its own unique style. Traditional, contemporary, eclectic, or modern, there is a door style suited for each and every design. But, before we dive in, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of cabinet construction.
Three common wood species:
Out of those three (and aside from laminate) maple is the only wood species capable of being painted. Something to keep in mind as you’re designing your space.
The face frame is the frame fixed to the front of the cabinet that provides a fixing point for doors or other accessories. This feature ways heavily on the appearance of your cabinet door. There are four types of frames that offer various styles and functions:
- Frameless – has no face frame. Doors attach directly to the sides of the cabinet box. Offers most movability inside the cabinet.
- Full overlay – door covers most of the face frame
- Traditional overlay – door covers less than full overlay of the face frame
- Inset – door sits inside the face frame
The four most common door styles on the market today are recessed panel, raised panel, shaker and slab.
Recessed Panel – Center panel is recessed into the door with the rail and style pulled out. Profiling options vary based on cabinet line and door.
Shaker – Recessed panel with little to no detail. Profiling options vary based on cabinet line and door.
Raised Panel – Center panel is raised from the door with the rail and style at the same level. Profiling options vary based on cabinet line and door.
Slab – No profiling or panel, door is a flat slab from top to bottom.
5-Piece – Drawer head made up of five individual pieces fastened together to match the door style.
Slab – No profiling, flat slab across length of drawer head.
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