What are Shaker Cabinet Doors?
Shaker cabinet doors are made from solid wood with a decorative pattern. They have been used since the 19th century.
They were originally designed to keep out dust mites and other insects, but they have become popular among home owners because of their durability and ease of cleaning. Shakers are usually built into the front or back wall of your kitchen cabinets, pantry, or even under sinks.
How Wide Should Rails and Stiles Be?
The width of the rail and stile is determined by the size of your cabinet. The wider the rails and stiles, the less likely it will fall off when you open up your cabinet.
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When it comes to cabinet doors, there’s no one size fits all solution. You need to take into consideration the type of cabinet you have, whether it has handles or not, what kind of finish you want on the door panels (natural or painted), and most importantly, how much space you’ll be giving up by having narrower rails and stiles.
The good news is you don’t have to sacrifice much space to have beautiful doors. If you compare a door with 3-inch rails and stiles to one with 2-inch, the space difference isn’t much.
Depending on the size of your door, you may only be losing less than an inch of space.
Rails are the vertical pieces at the top and bottom of a door, while stiles (AKA “framing” or “moulding”) are the pieces that go on the sides. The space you save by using narrower rails and stiles is negligible, especially if you have oversized doors.
That being said, you don’t want your door to feel flimsy or like it’s going to fall off when you open it. The good news is, cabinet makers have already created standard sizes for rails and stiles.
These sizes are based on industry standards. Rail and stile widths are usually determined by the size of your doors and the face frame.
As a quick rule of thumb, stiles should be between 1 and 3 inches in width, while rails should be between 2 and 4 inches wide.
When looking for rails and stiles for your new kitchen cabinets, pay attention to the sizing. The numbers that follow these measurements (i.e.
1-3/8) refer to the width of the piece in 32nds of an inch. The wider the number, the more space it will take up on your door.
What’s the Best Cabinet Door Style?
After you’ve determined the width of your rails and stiles, you can start shopping for your new cabinet doors. When it comes to style, you have plenty of options.
While the most popular materials are wood and laminate, you can also find door panels made of glass, metal, or some combination of these materials.
When choosing your new doors, you also have a wide range of colors, patterns, and designs to choose from. It’s up to you to decide how much of a style statement you want your new doors to make!
Ready to Shop?
We’ve put together a list of our favorite cabinet door resources. Check these sites before you buy to find out what kind of doors are best for your kitchen.
1. Custom Doorways
This site is my personal favorite. Not only does it carry a large selection of custom door styles, but it will also show you how different door designs will look in your house before you buy.
What’s not to like?
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