Guest Blogger +1K, Entry #2660, July 16, 2013
Replacing your kitchen cupboard doors allows you to give your kitchen a whole new look, without the great expense incurred by a full kitchen refit. If the inside of your kitchen units is fine then it’s a futile waste of money to replace perfectly good units, when you can just replace the front! You have a wide variety of kitchen cupboard door options to choose from.
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The most common style of kitchen cupboard door around today are Shaker style ones, this means these doors adopt simple clean lines with an emphasis on utility rather than stylistic flourishes. Shaker doors have a single flat centre panel surrounded by a frame made from four pieces; they are available in a selection of different wood types and colours. The price will vary, depending on the wood used; some doors are available with a cheaper material making up the larger centre panel, in order to reduce cost.
Acrylic kitchen cupboard doors consist of high density MDF wrapped with an acrylic fascia, available in a wide range of gloss finishes. They are more durable than the commonly found vinyl kitchen cupboard doors. They are mass produced and therefore often cheaper than most other cupboard door options. The one down side to acrylic cupboard doors is that due to their shrink wrapped nature they are often difficult to repair if damaged.
Louvered cupboard doors are a traditional looking slatted design. This design allows for ventilation into and out of the units, making it ideal for concealing various appliances that require ventilating. The amount of wood paired with construction time leads to a slightly higher price, however they will give your kitchen a distinctive and memorable look.
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Inset cupboard doors are so called because they’re set inside of the frame of the cupboard, as opposed to the majority of others. An inset cupboard door is fabricated with precision so it can be opened and closed whilst resting in the frame, even if the wood contracts or expands. Inset cupboard doors also require external hinges, so bear this in mind when choosing your doors as you want them to be in keeping with your design.
If you really can’t find a kitchen cupboard door style you like, then consider getting doors custom made. Although this could prove expensive, there are many companies and designers that can help you design and make your perfect kitchen cupboard doors- personalising every detail, from the material they should be constructed from down to hinges & handles.
In summary, there are many different types of kitchen cupboard doors out there, and this article has only touched on a few of them. Take your time to consider what it is you require from your new doors and weigh up the pros and cons of each design and the impact that they will have on your kitchen, then make a decision that you’ll be happy with for many years to come.
Jenny Thomas is a keen DIY-er and a contributing writer for Doors Sincerely a leading company specialising in the supply of wardrobe doors, kitchen doors, kitchen and bedroom cabinets and accessories.
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