22 Apr Guide to choose Cupboard Door Styles for your kitchen
Your door style can be one of the most important factors in your kitchen’s new design. Not only are cupboard doors one of the most visible design elements in a kitchen, they can also be one of the most expensive. Take a look at some of the better-known styles here and see which will work for your home’s style and budget.
The Shaker-style cabinet door is the most common door style in kitchens today. This five-piece flat-panel style has a frame made from four pieces and a single flat centre panel for the fifth piece. Shaker cabinetry gets its name from the distinctive Shaker furniture style, which uses simple, clean lines and emphasises utility. Shaker-style doors became popular because their simple style lends itself to just about any decor – from contemporary to traditional – with variations in wood species, stains, paint colours and hardware.
Simple but stylish, the flat-panel cupboard door is void of any expensive details. Its hard lines and minimalist form make it a great fit for contemporary and modern interiors. Many flat doors come in decorative laminate or wood. Laminate tends to be more budget friendly and offers a greater variety of colours and sheens.
Although this style tends to be one of the most expensive on the market, it’s a classic look that’ll last for generations. The inset door gets its name because it is set inside the cupboard frame – typical cupboard doors rest on the outside of the frame. The door is designed and constructed with extremely precise measurements so that it nests inside the frame and opens and closes properly, even when the wood expands and contracts.
This door style usually requires exposed hinges rather than the typical concealed hinges of other door styles that are included in the cost of the cupboard box. Make sure that your budget takes this into account – two hinges per door will quickly add up.
If you’ve always dreamed of having an antique-style kitchen, then you’ll love the distressed-looking cupboards available from most manufacturers.
Choose any door style and opt to have the corners rubbed off or have other distressing techniques done for that age-old feeling. All this extra work will cost you, though; there’s usually a 15 to 20 per cent mark-up for a tradesperson to actually destroy your brand-new doors.
Love cottage style? It doesn’t get more cottage chic than beadboard. The centre panel of the cabinet doors in this style are made to look like traditional beadboard panelling. Beadboard was used in the past as a decorative wall treatment before plaster, drywall and paint became common.
While all-white beadboard cabinetry can give your kitchen a bright and clean feel, all the little cracks and crevasses on this door style can be a pain to keep clean.