If you’re replacing or fixing a cabinet door, it’s important that you know about all of its different parts. Repairing a cabinet door DIY style is more than doable, but it requires some level of understanding of its parts. That’s why we put together this guide to help you navigate the different parts of a cabinet door.
A cabinet door panel is probably one of the most basic elements, but it’s still important to know what it does and how it functions. In the center section of a cabinet door, there are raised and recessed variations of these panels with a panel raise profile referring to the decorative cuts on the face of the panel. Raised panels are often elevated above the frame, while flat panels tend to be flat and straight across.
The rail of a cabinet door refers to the horizontal piece of the door frame at the top and bottom of the door. Rails are often made of solid wood and are usually designed to match the rest of the cabinet units.
The stile is a vertical piece of wood in the frame of the cabinet and often combines with the rails to complete the frame of the door. The center stile is used to support the entire frame and reinforces the entire structure of the cabinet. Most cabinets only have a stile on the left and right pieces of the frame.
On the inside edge of the cabinet frame, framing beads are often used here to decorate the cabinet door. The inside edge is a relatively self-explanatory part of a cabinet door.
The joint of the cabinet refers to the area where the stiles and rails meet at the corners of the cabinet frame. Joints can be stuck or mitered at 90 and 45 degrees respectively.
Cabinet face frames help provide stability and shape, keeping the cabinet compact and framing its shape during installation and its use. Most framed cabinets have painted hardwood frames, but they may come in other materials as well.
A full overlay is a cabinet door that covers the entire cabinet face frame. People like full overlays because they have minimal gaps, so only a small portion of the cabinet storage area is viewable. This conceals the opening to the storage area. The good thing about full overlays is that they don’t interfere with the interior space of the cabinet. They are most often found on five-piece doors.
The finish of a cabinet door refers to the treatment applied to the doors’ surface. This includes staining, colors, and painting.
The hinges refer to the component of the cabinet that lets the doors open and close inwards and outwards. A wide variety of cabinet door hinges are available, some of which include pivot doors hinges, full wrap insets, self-closing face-mounted hinges, and so many more. For tips on how to select the right cabinet hinges, please read our resource guide.
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