Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

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    Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinet Door

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    Kitchen cabinet doors are the true face of your cabinets. While the cabinet boxes are all about function, the doors are about aesthetics. Kitchen cabinet doors come into play whether you are buying new cabinets, completely refacing your existing cabinets, or just switching out a few doors to freshen up your kitchen's look. 

    Semi-custom is a category of kitchen cabinets that defines a large part of the cabinet market. With semi-custom cabinets, you choose the basic cabinet box and its size. Then you choose the cabinet doors and matching drawer fronts. Essentially, different homes can have the same underlying cabinet structure but completely different looks, due only to the cabinet doors and drawer fronts.

    Shaker style cabinet door, with a solid insert, is a classic door loosely based on the classic Shaker furniture style. It is usually found in natural wood finishes, such as oak, maple, or cherry, though it also comes paint-ready.

    Shaker style kitchen cabinet doors are clean, spare, and basic. The outer frame is beveled at a 90-degree angle to the door panel for a greater shadow effect. The outer frame strengthens the perimeter of the door.

    One alternative to the smooth, flat Shaker insert is a kitchen cabinet door with a beadboard style wood insert. The grooved beadboard imparts a rustic or country feel to the kitchen, and it pairs well with kitchens that have apron or farmhouse-style sinks.


    • Easy to find and obtain
    • Typically less expensive than other styles
    • Matches many kitchen styles


    • Overly used
    • Thin inserts prone to breaking
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    Glass Insert Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinet Door

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    A variation of the classic wood insert Shaker door, the glass insert door provides a glimpse into the contents of the cabinet. The outer door frame can be natural wood for staining, thermofoil MDF, or paint-ready wood. This airy, open style is perfect for displaying choice tableware.

    Glass-framed cabinet doors typically do not come with the glass; you need to purchase the glass separately. 

    An alternative is a mullion- or muntin-style cabinet door which allows for placement of glass on the back. This cabinet door has stiles that are similar to a traditional multi-paned window on a house exterior. Consequently, this cabinet door fits in well with traditional style kitchens. The stiles even act as additional support for the door itself and as protection against glass breakage.


    • Glass makes the kitchen feel larger
    • Good way to display valuable or attractive items


    • Greater potential for breakage
    • More difficult to keep clean because of the glass
    • Unsightly items will be displayed
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    Slab Style Kitchen Cabinet Door

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    The slab style kitchen cabinet door style gives your kitchen a smooth, modern flair. A slab style cabinet door is as close to a single, unembellished, ungrooved piece of wood as you can get. Slab kitchen cabinet doors lend themselves well to contemporary style homes. 

    Slab-style doors are rarely single slabs of wood, though. Often, they are made from MDF covered in melamine, laminate, or thermofoil. 


    • Perfect way to give your kitchen a mid-century modern look
    • Easy to clean
    • Pairs well with contemporary kitchen styles


    • For frameless cabinets only
    • Often more expensive than traditional styles such as Shaker
    • More difficult to obtain than other door styles
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    Single or Double Arch Kitchen Cabinet Door

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    A single arch, or cathedral style kitchen cabinet door, has a grooved rectangle with a single arch at the top. This rounded cathedral top is one of the most popular styles of kitchen cabinet doors. The grooves form a deep, attractive profile, giving the doors a pronounced shadow effect.

    Typically, the wood is either natural stained wood or is MDF faced in thermofoil. Flat coverings such as melamine and laminate cannot be used for this type of cabinet door. When wrapped with thermofoil, the surface never needs painting. However, natural wood tends to give the door a higher value. This cabinet door is often used in rental apartments or budget-conscious home remodels.

    One alternative is the double arched cathedral style kitchen cabinet door. Instead of one arch at the top, it has one at top and one at the bottom. As with the single arched door, this door is often finished with thermofoil or in natural wood finishes. 



    • Difficult to clean
    • Can give kitchen a busy appearance