Cabinet doors come in various styles,
designs and shapes
giving you an option to choose from a wide range according to the
theme and décor of your house. Being the face of your cabinetry,
these cabinet doors play an important
part in enhancing or diminishing the visual appeal of any given
you choose cabinets for your home or office, make sure to select
the best doors that add more elegance and attraction to the cabinets
as well as your home. This article discusses all the features and
aspects of cabinet doors to help you select the best product.
Shapes of Cabinet Door
Basically there are 3 types of cabinet doors; Radius (curved doors), Mullioned and Glass doors.
Radius or Curved Doors: These doors are both concave
and convex shaped and cost more than the standard ones. Their elegance
is unmatched by any other door style.
Mullion Doors: These doors use glass in place
of typical solid center panel and are similar to window panes. The
glass used in these doors is detachable so that they can be cleaned
easily without any hassle. There are 3 types of glasses that are
used in mullion doors; annealed (not a safety glass), tempered or
Glass Insert Doors: Frames of this style are
available in all sizes as they are without panels. Most of the doors
that range from 12 to 42 inches high can be routed on the back of
the frame in order to hold or support the glass.
Moreover, molding is not furnished for the back of the frame.
Cabinet Doors Styles
Cabinet doors can be shaped in 3 different styles to meet your taste
and choice. They are:
Slab Cabinet Doors: Neither raised nor recessed,
slab cabinet doors are flat shaped. They are made from wood and
usually joined by several pieces of solid stock lumber fixed with
adhesive and adjusted according to the size. The edges of the slab
door styles are plain or detailed.
Recessed Panel Doors: These doors look like a picture frame with miter or mortise or tenon joints. Panels can be grooved or decorated.
Raised Panel Doors: The raised panel is usually
constructed of several pieces of solid stock lumber joined with
adhesive, cut dimensionally and then shaped with the desired edge.
Raised panels also consist of wood veneers adhered to plywood.
Moreover, medium density fiberboard or other material is shaped to create the appearance of raised or recessed panels and then painted or covered with the manufacturer's choice of laminate. Variations can be made according to the customer’s choice too.
Cabinet Door Types
The type of cabinet door is
determined by how the door fits the front of cabinet box. There
are 5 types of cabinet doors. They are described as below:
- Inset Door
- Lipped Door
- Traditional Overlay Door
- Full Overlay Door
- Tambour Door
Insert Door: It fits within the cabinet
frame and is at level with the front edges of the cabinet box. It
gives a formal colonial or rustic look to the kitchen. Door knobs
are required to open and close the doors while hinges remain exposed.
It comes with a constructed frame whereas the same look can be given
without frames using vertical pilasters.
Lipped Door: This type of door has a groove along
with a cut that goes all the way around the door on the back edge.
The cut allows free movement of the door as the door sits tight
in the frame and a door pull or knob is needed to open and close
the door. You can recognize a lipped door only when it is opened.
Traditional Overlay Door: It is the most commonly used type of cabinet door. The door front is mounted so that it can rest against the frame and completely covers it; the hinges are concealed too. Overlay means the amount of front frame covered by the door.
Full Overlay Door: A full overlay door is mounted
in such a way that it covers the front frame entirely. A door knob
is also mandatory in this category to open and close the door comfortably.
It is also used on frameless cabinets.
In order to know if the cabinet is framed or frameless, open the
door and check for rails and stiles.
Tambour Door: This door is made up of many individual
pieces attached to a flexible back sheet, installed in a track that
allows it to slide and/or roll up like a shade. This type of cabinet
door is ideal for garage or any other cabinet were you want
the door to remain open, without swinging and closing by itself.