8 Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles Continued

Cabinet door styles give your kitchen its appeal. Last week we created a list describing the most popular door styles. Knowing about these will help you find out what is in your budget. The list started with Shaker, Louvered, Flat and Distressed. This week we will finish the list and cover Inset, Beadboard, Thermofoil and Custom door styles.

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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