Cabinet Doors 101

 Here is the low-down on some cabinet lingo. Educate yourself on basic door styles.

 

Face Frame Cabinets

Face frame or traditional cabinets are characterized by the frame, or face that masks the raw edges of each cabinet box. Hinges are sometimes visible from the outside. The doors and drawers can be flush fit (they are recessed into the frame of the cabinet), partially inset (doors and drawers are partially inset into the cabinet with a lip on the outer edge), or overlay (doors overlap the face frame.)

Frameless Cabinets

Frameless or European cabinets are a good solution when cabinet space is at a premium. These cabinets have a narrow veneer to cover the raw edges of the divider; this means that the opening is 1 ½-inches wider than a conventional cabinet. Doors and drawers mount directly to the inside of the cabinet and hinges are usually hidden when the doors are closed. Doors and drawers are no more than 1/4-inch apart, so very little of the frame shows.

 

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Flat-Panel Doors

Flat-panel doors and drawers are characterized by a simple, unadorned slab.

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Raised Panel Doors

Raised panel doors and drawers have decorative panel either routed into a door panel or inserted into the frame of a door.

 

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Unique Materials

You can create cabinet door inserts using unique materials like louvered panels, hole caning, patterned tin, or wire grating. This is also generally used for accent and look great on a wet bar or in homes with a traditional look.

 

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Glass Doors


Glass-doored cabinets feel lighter and more open than cabinets with solid doors. Generally, glass doors are used for an accent wall and great for displaying and look great lit. 

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Information Courtesy of Southern Living