8 Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

Your cabinet door style can be one of the most important factors in your kitchen’s new design. Not only are cabinet doors one of the most visible design elements in a kitchen, but they can also be one of the most expensive. From the elaborate to the simple, there’s a door style for every home design. Take a look at some of the better-known styles here and see which will work for your home’s style and your budget.


Shaker- The Shaker-style cabinet door is the most common door style in kitchens today. It gets its name from the distinctive Shaker furniture style, which uses simple, clean lines and emphasizes utility. This classic style can work with a variety of budgets, depending on the wood used. Using a natural finish rather than a painted one could save you up to 20 percent on your purchase.


Louvered- Many louvered doors have spaces between each slat, making them great for cabinets that require ventilation. Horizontal wood slats are typically used on windows, furniture pieces and interior doors, but they add a distinctive architectural style to kitchen cabinetry.


Flat- Many flat doors come in decorative laminate or wood. This style is very simple but stylish, making it a perfect candidate for contemporary and modern homes. Laminate tends to be more budget-friendly and offers a greater variety of colors and sheens, though it lacks the depth and richness of natural wood.


Inset- This door style usually requires exposed hinges rather than the typical concealed hinges. The door is designed and constructed with extremely precise measurements so that it nests inside the frame and opens and closes properly, even when the wood expands and contracts.


Distressed- If you have always dreamed of having an antique kitchen then you will love the distressed cabinets. Choose any door style and opt to have the corners rubbed off or have other distressing techniques done for that age-old feeling. All this extra work will cost you, though; there’s usually a 15 to 20 percent upcharge for a tradesperson to actually destroy your brand-new doors.


Beadboard- Are you a fan of cottage style living? The inner panel of the cabinet doors are made to look like traditional Beadboard paneling. Beadboard was used in the past as a decorative wall treatment before plaster, drywall and paint. The only downside to this style is all the little cracks and crevasses can be difficult to keep clean.


Thermofoil- These doors are molded out of MDF (medium-density fiberboard), wrapped in a plastic-type coating and then baked under intense heat to create an impervious seal. This style is often mass-produced because it’s durable and cost effective. It only comes in solid colors and imitation wood grain. Some lighter colors may yellow from sunlight and heat over time. It is possible to reface thermofoil doors with natural wood when you are ready to upgrade.


Custom- If you can’t find a style on the market that suits your interest then you may want to contact a local craftsperson and get a unique custom design created. If only the doors are changed out, and the original boxes left in place, getting a completely personalized, updated look and quality upgrade can cost up to 50% less than buying new cabinets.

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