Kitchen cabinet doors are perhaps the most important part of a cabinet. It is the part of the cabinet that defines your taste and style. Choosing a cabinet door can be tricky. So, in this article, we will provide you with the basics about various door designs available in the market.

There are four important things that one should consider when about to choose a kitchen cabinet door. The four things are the door overlays, the wood used for the door, the design, and lastly the finish. We have gone on to discuss door overlays and the wood that is used to make the door in detail below.


Perhaps the overlap is the key element that influences the style of your kitchen cabinet. The term overlap is used to refer to the way the door rests when the kitchen cabinets are closed. There are basically two types of overlays.

• The traditional overlay: Also known as the standard overlay. If you look at your old cabinet, you may notice that there is a box or frame-like effect on the front of your cabinet. This is mainly due to how the doors overlap the cabinet. In the standard overlay or traditional overlay, the door overlay creates a frame-like effect that is sometimes called a reveal. This is the most common layer in all traditional kitchen cabinets.

• The second type of overlay is the contemporary overlay: also known as a full overlay. In this overlay there is no frame effect mainly because the doors are mounted to the cabinet in such a way that they completely cover the cabinet. This is the style preferred by the younger generation. Cabinets with such an overlay often look sophisticated and elegant.

Wood used:

The next important factor that decides how the kitchen furniture looks like is the wood that is used to make the door of the furniture. There are more than 20 varieties of wood that are used in the preparation of cabinet doors. However, each species of wood has certain specific characteristics and the most important characteristic is how it absorbs moisture, stress and glazes.

The two most important types of wood used are:

Pine tree:
The unique character of pine is that it is smooth and easy to work with. It is the most desirable wood for country furniture in a rustic style.

The unique character of this wood is that it is strong. It is the most preferred wood for strong board kitchen cabinets.

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