Shaker, raised panel, flat panel, recessed door, slab, what?

Shaker Style

Shaker style cabinet door is a five-piece door. 4-piece frame and 1 recessed center flat panel.

Shaker cabinets are popular for their timeless style and the ability to got with traditional and contemporary kitchen designs.


White shaker panel cabinet door.

The classic, simple look never goes out of fashion since it was created over 200 years ago.

Shaker cabinets are offered by all kitchen retailers and can be reasonably priced. Shaker cabinets are more cost-effective than raised cabinets.

The origin of the name “Shaker” stretches all the way back to 18th century England and a spiritual Christian community called The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing. Shakers were extremely skilled craftsmen and carpenters. They made high-quality furniture – often from cherry, maple, or pine – in solid finishes. Shaker style cabinets mirror wood cabinets designed by the Shakers.

Flat Panel or Recessed Panel Door

In the flat panel door the center panel is slightly lower than the door frame. The frame of flat panel door comes with a profile. If the frame is without any profile, it is considered Shaker door.

Shaker style and flat panel door both have recessed center panel.

recessed doors

The clean, sleek look of flat panel doors allows them to blend well into many design styles including, modern, contemporary, classic or traditional. This cabinet style can be a good choice because of its simplicity and ability to blend well into many various kitchen designs. The flat panel door has the most flexibility when it comes to design, and it’s an excellent choice if you want to be able to change the look of your kitchen down the road.

Slab Panel

Slab cabinet door is most basic. It’s just flat panel and nothing else. It’s a simple look that works really well in any contemporary or modern kitchen or bathroom.

Melamine board door.

Slab cabinets embody simple, clean lines and that is often combined with straight lines on countertops, appliances, lighting and walls. Decorative knobs and pulls can spice up the look of slab doors.

Slab panel cabinets have been popular in Europe for years and their presence in the U.S. is increasing.

Nearly every homeowner today can afford to improve their kitchen with slab door style cabinets.

In addition, no cabinet is easier to clean than one with a slab front.

Raised Panel

A raised panel door is a five-piece door with a frame and a middle panel with an edge profile.

Raised panel doors are more often used in traditional designs.

Brown raised kitchen cabinets.

The style can complement the architecture in an older house or create a traditional feel in a newer house.

American Wood Cabinets raised panel doors are made from locally grown Maple wood that is popular for its shock resistance and durability.


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