ABCs of Kitchen Cabinets and Specifications

Style, type and price of kitchen cabinets are one of the most important things to consider when you are thinking about remodeling and designing your kitchen. A thoughtful remodel can make a kitchen functional and enjoyable, whether cooking dinner or hosting a party.

Kitchen Cabinets Styles:

Brown raised kitchen cabinets.

Raised Panel cabinet door has a center panel with a raised profile that gives it a specific style. The door frame can have a square a contoured edge. These doors are typically used in more traditional designs

White shaker panel cabinet door.

Shaker style cabinet door is a five-piece door with a recessed center flat panel and flat and square frame. Shaker cabinets are usually less expensive than raised cabinets.

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Flat Panel or Recessed Panel Door

The center panel is lower than the door frame. The door frame has a profile.

Melamine board door.

Slab cabinet door is the most basic. It is just flat and nothing else. The door minimalist form make it a great fit for contemporary and modern interiors.

Face Framed and Frameless:

Framed cabints

Face Framed cabinets are traditional American style cabinets. The frame is constructed and attached to the edge of the front box. The door hinges and drawer slides are attached to the frame. The frame gives the cabinet strength.

Framed cabinet

Frameless or European Style construction has no face frame and the cabinet doors and drawer slides attach directly to the cabinet box.

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Types of kitchen cabinets:

Base kitchen cabinets stand on the floor and provide a base for countertops. Base cabinetry have a lot of storage area. Standard base cabinets are 24 inches deep and 34.5 inches tall. For ease of use, base cabinets rest on a four-inch recessed riser called a toe kick.

Wall kitchen cabinets are mounted to the wall. Wall cabinets can extend to the ceiling, making use of high spaces for storing infrequently used specialty serveware and cookware. Typically wall cabinets mirror arrangement of the base cabinets. While their construction is very similar to that of base cabinets, the main difference is that wall cabinets are without drawers. The standard wall cabinets are 12 inches deep. Typically heights are 30, 36, 42 inches and there are shorter: 12, 15, 18, 21 and 24 inches.

Tall kitchen cabinets. The standard height of the cabinets are 84, 90 and 96 inches. The tall floor-to-ceiling cabinets accommodate food and supplies efficiently. The tall cabinet are used for pantries and can also be configured to accommodate built in ovens and microwaves or adopted to a hall tree bench.

Specialty and storage cabinets maximize square footage and organization efforts. They include corner cabinets, suspended units, hutches, wine racks, appliance garages, spice racks, tray dividers, etc.

Standard, Semi-custom or custom?
Standard, stock cabinets are manufactured in common sizes, and are available in a limited variety of door styles, colors and finishes. Standard cabinet widths are set every 3 inches: 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, 30, 36, 39, 42. Price and availability are the strongest advantages of stock cabinets.

Semi-custom cabinets are basically standard cabinets with extra detailing options. The basic cabinetry sizes still apply, but consumers have some liberty in changing the size of doors and depths.

Custom kitchen cabinets are made to the specifications of a particular order. Custom kitchen cabinets offer the largest selection of finishing options, construction platforms or modifications. Custom cabinets cost more than standard cabinets.

Cabinet Finishes:
Stain – cabinets offer the ability to see the natural wood grains of the cabinet through the stain.
Painted – cabinets offer a clean, consistent look in attractive colors such as Classic Gray, Snow White or Navy Blue.

American Wood Cabinets offer over 30 standard colors and unlimited number of custom colors.


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