8 Basic Kitchen Cabinet Doors You Can Buy

  • 01 of 08

    Here Are The Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

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    Glass Insert Shaker Style Cabinet Door. Getty / DEX IMAGE

    Kitchen cabinet doors come into play whether you are buying new cabinets, completely refacing your existing cabinets, or simply switching out a few doors to spruce up your kitchen's look.  

    You might even argue that cabinet replacement is all about the doors, since this is the true face of your cabinet system.  

    Summary

    A variation of the classic wood insert Shaker door, the glass insert door provides a glimpse into the contents of the cabinet.

    Details

    • Usually found in natural wood styles.
    • Very large...MORE area available for glass insert.
    • Glass-framed cabinet doors typically do not come with the glass; you need to purchase separately.
    • Airy, open style to display choice tableware.
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  • 02 of 08

    Here Are The Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

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    Kitchen With Slab Kitchen Cabinet Doors. Getty / Glow Decor

    Summary 

    Slab style cabinet door is as close to a single, unembellished, ungrooved piece of wood as you can get.  

    Details

    • The slab style gives your kitchen a smooth, modern flair.
    • The least popular door style, though becoming more popular as price points go down.
    • For frameless cabinets.
    • Tends to be more expensive than more traditional styles, such as Shaker.
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  • 03 of 08

    Shaker Style Cabinet Door - Simple and Classic

    Kitchen Cabinet Door - Shaker Style
    Kitchen Cabinet Door - Shaker Style. © KitchenDoorDepot.com

    Summary

    Shaker style door, with a solid insert.  This classic door is based on the historical Shaker furniture style.

    Details

    • Usually found in natural wood finishes, such as oak, maple, or cherry.
    • Also comes paint-ready, though this is less popular.
    • Clean, elegant style.
    • Outer frame beveled at 90 degree angle to door panel for greater shadow effect.
    • Outer frame strengthens perimeter of door, as well.
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  • 04 of 08

    Traditional: Single Arch or Cathedral Style Kitchen Cabinet Door

    Single Arch Kitchen Cabinet Door Style
    Single Arch Kitchen Cabinet Door Style. © RTA Cabinet Store

    Summary

    A white cathedral style kitchen cabinet door.  Wood is either natural or is MDF faced in thermofoil.  At top is a single arch.

    Details

    • Rounded "cathedral" top is one of the most popular styles of kitchen cabinet doors.
    • When wrapped with thermofoil, the surface never needs painting.
    • Natural wood is a higher value door.
    • One of the cheaper styles of cabinet door available, often used in rental apartments or budget-conscious home remodels.

    Image, from the RTA Cabinet Store, shows their Traditional...MORE Oak Finish Cabinet Door.

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  • 05 of 08

    Doubly Traditional: The Double Arch Kitchen Cabinet Door

    Double Arch Kitchen Cabinet Door
    Double Arch Kitchen Cabinet Door. © Kitchen Door Depot

    Summary

    Simple solid wood cabinet door with two arches--one on top, one on bottom.

    Details

    • Thermofoil or natural wood finishes.
    • Grooves form deep, attractive profile, giving the doors a pronounced shadow effect.
    • Cost is about the same as the single arch door.
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  • 06 of 08

    Beadboard Kitchen Cabinet Door With Shaker-Style Frame

    Beadboard Kitchen Cabinet Door
    Beadboard Kitchen Cabinet Door. © KitchenCabinetDoors.com

    Summary

    Kitchen cabinet door with a beadboard style wood insert.  Shown here is unfinished MDF that can be painted.

    Details

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  • 07 of 08

    Mullioned Kitchen Cabinet Door

    Mullioned Kitchen Cabinet Door
    Mullioned Kitchen Cabinet Door. Falcon Cabinet Door

    Summary

    Mullion-style cabinet door allows for placement of glass on the back.  Similar to the other glass-insert cabinet door featured in this article, but with stiles added.

    Details

    • "Window style," similar to a mullioned window on a house exterior, fits in well with traditional style kitchens.
    • Stiles act as additional supports for the door itself and as protection against glass breakage.
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  • 08 of 08

    A Nice One...If You Can Find It: Wood-Look Thermofoil Cabinet Door

    Aurora Kitchen Cabinet Door
    Aurora Kitchen Cabinet Door. © WalzCraft

    Summary

    Who said thermofoil has to be white? This thermofoil has a rich, dark wood flavor, but is easy to maintain.

    Details

    • Thermofoil coating, just like the popular white thermofoil, except that this one mimics a wood-grain.
    • The look of wood with the easy-to-maintain qualities of thermofoil.
    • Not easy to find.  In fact, the one shown here, Aurora from WalzCraft, has been discontinued.