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Cabinet Door Styles & Constuction

Every cabinet manufacturer with the exception of local custom has its own unique selection of door styles.  One of the key factors that separates the quality and price levels of cabinetry is door and drawer style and selection.  Generally speaking in the Stock Cabinetry segment of products you will find many common door styles when comparing different manufacturers.

As you move up into Semi-Custom and Full Custom you will notice a much wider variety of door styles to choose from.  All manufacturers base the price of their cabinetry, in large part, on the door style selection.  Other cost factors include material selection (i.e. Oak, Maple or Cherry) and finish type.  Most manufacturers utilize the same method of cabinet box or case construction and then alter the look of the cabinet by applying different style doors.

Less expensive doors are usually constructed with thinner, veneer covered plywood center panels while the more expensive doors tend to be assembled using all solid wood materials.  Applied molding and veneer inlays are options available in custom lines and, of course, add to the price.  The rule of thumb for doors and drawer fronts is: the higher the quality of materials and/or the more time needed to fabricate the doors and drawer fronts – the higher the cost of the finished product.  Some common door styles are shown below.

cabinet door construction

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