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Cabinetry 101

Cabinetry 101

TYPES OF CABINETS, DOORS AND DRAWERS

It’s exciting to choose cabinetry for your new kitchen or bath, but with so many different types of cabinets to choose from, how do you know where to begin?

While it’s great to have choices, it can be overwhelming without a basic understanding of the types of cabinets, doors and drawers that are available, and how you can use them to make your remodeling dreams come true.

TYPES OF CABINETS

There are three basic types of cabinetry: stock, semi-custom and custom cabinets. Each type provides different advantages depending on your needs and budget. Stock cabinets are at an entry level price point with limited options. Semi-custom cabinets offer more styles, finishes and features than stock cabinets, while custom cabinets offer the widest breadth of wood types, finishing options, construction platforms and modifications.LEARN MORE »

BASE CABINETS

Base cabinets are sometimes called lower cabinets. They are strong and sturdy, providing a base for heavy countertops, or used to create the perfect kitchen island or window seating. In a bathroom, base cabinets provide the foundation for a vanity or can be used for storage and organization of everyday essentials.LEARN MORE »

WALL CABINETS

Wall cabinets, sometimes called wall-mounted or upper cabinets, refer to cabinets that are hung on a wall, as opposed to resting on the floor. A mainstay for remodeling with cabinetry, they add beauty and functionality to the kitchen, bath, laundry or family room.LEARN MORE »

TALL CABINETS

Tall cabinets, also called pantry cabinets or utility cabinets, create bountiful storage and a dramatic vertical look in a space. Typical tall cabinets will range in height from 84 inches to 96 inches as one unit.LEARN MORE »

CABINET DOORS

Cabinet doors make a big impression in any remodeled room, taking up a significant part of the visual appeal of the space, while defining your personal style. They are available with various center panel styles, as well as overlay and inset versions.LEARN MORE »

CABINET DRAWERS

Cabinet drawers, among the most versatile cabinetry items in your home, are constructed in many different types to suit the needs of your remodel.LEARN MORE »

CABINETRY TERMS

When choosing kitchen cabinet doors and bathroom cabinet doors, having familiarity with cabinetry terms will also enable you to sound like a pro when it’s time to make purchasing decisions. The following are some cabinetry terms to know.

  • Center Panel: The raised or flat panel in the middle of cabinetry doors enclosed by stiles and rails.
  • Center Stile: Sometimes called a mullion, this is the raised rail in the middle of the cabinetry doors that is enclosed by stiles and rails.
  • Edge Profile: Shape put on the outside edge of the cabinetry doors or cabinetry drawers.
  • Rail: A horizontal framing member of the cabinetry faces or doors.
  • Reveal: On a framed cabinet, the distance between the outside edge of the face frame and the outside edge of the door.
  • Stile: The vertical-framing members of the cabinetry faces or cabinetry doors.

CABINETRY 101

CABINETRY 101

Helping you understand the ins and outs of cabinetry

Aristokraft’s selection of door styles, wood types, finishes, mouldings and organization solutions gives you a wide range of possibilities to make your dream room come true. These choices can be overwhelming, though, if you don’t have a basic understanding of cabinets and their differences. Explore these helpful cabinet terms and elements to become your own expert.


Box Overview

  • Face Frame – The structural portion of the cabinet to which doors are attached, consisting of both rails and stiles.
  • End Panel – The side of the cabinet that is grooved into the face frame and extends back to the wall.
  • Bottom – The floor of the cabinet. On a wall and tall cabinet, the same component is used as the top.
  • Back – The rear vertical surface used to mount the cabinet to the wall.
  • Adjustable Shelves – Horizontally placed storage surfaces that are adjusted by moving clips used to hold the shelf in place.
  • Toekick – The recessed toe space at the bottom of a base cabinet.

Door Overview

  • Center Panel – The raised or flat panel in the middle of a door enclosed by stiles and rails.
  • Center Stile – Sometimes called a center mullion, this is the vertical rail in the center of a cabinet face frame larger than 36″ wide that provides extra structural support to a wide cabinet (not present in butt door construction).
  • Rail – A horizontal framing member of a cabinet face frame or door.
  • Reveal – On a framed cabinet, the distance between the outside edge of the face frame and the outside edge of the door (varies depending on the door).
  • Concealed Hinge – Not visible on the surface of the cabinet.

Door Details

  • Raised panel – The center panel of the door is elevated
  • Recessed or Flat Panel – The center panel of the door is set lower
  • Full Overlay – The door of the cabinet covers the entire face frame
  • Partial Overlay – The door of the cabinet overlays a part of the face frame

Drawer Overview

  • Drawer Guides – The system used to support the drawer in a cabinet and provide opening/closing operation.
  • SmartStop – Optional device that softly closes drawers.

Wood Compounds

Our cabinets feature various wood compounds to provide strength and durability, including:

  • Particleboard/Furniture board – A feature of our standard construction, this board is made from a mixture of real wood shavings and binding material, such as resin, which are refined and bonded together through high-heat compression.
  • Plywood – A panel made from an odd number of veneer layers in combination of lumber core, particleboard, MDF core and hardboard core joined with an adhesive. The grain of each layer runs at right angles to the next. All plywood components meet ANSI/HPVA HP-1 standards, and may contain MDF or particleboard.