Three Main Types of Kitchen Cabinets

You might think kitchen cabinets are pretty straight forward, but you would be mistaken. There are so many material and design options, you might feel your head start to spin once you begin looking through the choices. The professionals at Kitchen Cabinets & Beyond want to make your experience as easy as possible. We hope an explanation of the three main types of drawers and doors will help get you started. Each of these has a specific look and function. Pinning them down will give you confidence in choosing your new kitchen cabinets in Mission Viejo, CA.

Three Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles


Most homes built in the early 1900s will have inset cabinet doors that nod towards nostalgic styles. These doors are mounted on small hinges on the inside of the frame, giving a clear view of the frame’s entire face. This design offers clean lines and flush doors and drawers. Unfortunately, because of the craftsmanship, these doors are often 15% to 20% more expensive than other options. Also, because the door is inset, it reduces the usable space inside the cabinet. Drawers and doors are often smaller, which means hardware requires extra blocking for support. Lastly, you can see the hinges off to the side of the door when the cabinet is closed.

Partial Overlay

These types of cabinets have doors that are mounted to the front of the frame, leaving some of the face exposed. The uncovered part of the box or frame is called the “reveal.” A half-inch overlay on drawers and doors leaves about two inches of reveal, but you can also opt for more overlay with only a quarter-inch reveal. Typically, these are the most affordable option. They are also one of the most popular choices for those who like the traditional look, but don’t want the expense of inset doors. Because of their construction, these kitchen cabinets can support more functional hardware.

Full Overlay

These cabinets are specifically designed to mimic the Euro “frameless” look. The doors and drawers completely cover the entire cabinet framework. This creates a uniform, continuous appearance. The advantage with frameless cabinets is the lack of center stile between doors. There is no need to reach around an obstructive post, giving you more space and easier access to anything you place inside. You have bigger drawers, smaller guides, and more storage. The disadvantage is you have to be careful with the corners, knobs, and pulls. They might collide or rub and show damage.

Each and every style takes skill and knowledge to install, especially where every fraction of an inch counts. That is why you should leave it to the professionals to do the job right. Kitchen Cabinets & Beyond will take extra care to make sure your cabinets align and overlap properly. Interested in a quote for your kitchen cabinet project? Call us at 714-630-0477. Or come in and visit us at 2910 E. La Palma Ave. Ste B Anaheim, CA 92806.

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