Choosing cabinet door styles is one of the more important decisions you will make in your kitchen or bathroom remodel. The style of cabinet door drives not only the look and feel of your space, but also it's functionality and the overall budget for your project. To help you make the best choice for your kitchen or bathroom it’s important to understand how the cabinet doors are constructed and the common terminology we use when describing cabinet doors. This bit of knowledge will make the process of selecting your kitchen cabinet doors faster and much less overwhelming.
Flat panel Doors: A flat panel door consists of a 4-sided frame with a recessed center panel which gives the appearance of a picture frame. Flat panel doors can be very simple like a shaker door or have a small amount of detail on the inside edge. The doors can be constructed with mitered corners or mortise and tenon corners (visit our cabinet construction page for more details).
Raised panel: A raised panel door consists of a 4-sided frame with a raised center panel which can have molding or varied edge details providing a more interesting profile compared to the simpler flat panel doors. For a more custom look, the raised center panel can come in varied shapes like square, arched, cathedral, etc. The doors can be constructed with mitered corners or mortise and tenon corners. (visit our cabinet construction page for more details).
Slab: Also known as a solid panel door, the slab door is the simplest of all the doors styles. This door looks like a flat solid plank of wood without raised or recessed panels or frames of any kind. Despite the appearance of a single piece of wood, slab doors are constructed from multiple pieces of solid wood or an MDF inner core to avoid the tendency of a solid piece of wood to warp. Many slab doors are finished with a veneer which can be made of wood, laminate or foil.
Accent & Mullion: Although cabinet manufacturers will use different terms for these kinds of doors, they are most frequently referred to as accent or mullion doors. Strictly speaking, in architectural terms the mullion is the vertical design element used to create a pattern on a door or window. In the great big world of kitchen cabinets, many manufacturers use the term mullion to designate that the door has a pattern in the center that you can insert glass or other materials behind.
Framed Glass Door: A simpler alternative to a mullion door, a framed glass door is constructed without a center panel. The door is prepped for glass and has no mullion. By removing the center panel it allows you to insert the material of your choice.
Louvered Door: Louvered doors are constructed with horizontally positioned wood slats within the frame of the door. They are typically used to create a very distinct design feature or to give ventilation to things such as audio equipment, dryers and radiators.
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