Kitchen Door Types

Kitchen Door Types.

Kitchen door types are either joinery made with frames and centre panels, or slab doors where the whole door is of one piece; either system being finished in many ways. The carcasses behind are very important indeed along with the worktops and the accessories, but it is the doors you see and love; it is the doors that define the kitchen.

Of those kitchen doors that are joinery made, they are generally of tree grown timber. Those of the slab type are generally made of man-made timber. To the latter, there are very few slab doors that are of tree grown timber when there are quite a number of joinery made frame doors that are of man-made timber.

When talking of slab doors, one of the basic kitchen door types; I refer to any kitchen door that is of one piece as a foundation, as opposed to a number of pieces. I show two typical slab kitchen doors. To the left a horizontally oak veneered door; to the right a shaker style vinyl veneered kitchen door and drawer also made of one piece (each) i.e. a slab.

Kitchen door types

The second of the two main kitchen door types is joinery made frame kitchen doors; I refer here to those with a multiple of pieces generally four frame pieces and a centre panel, of generally tree-grown timber; though there is a number of exception to this. To the left a premium front frame kitchen door, where the frame door itself is mounted to an “extra” fame; to the right a wide frame shaker kitchen door in natural oak, though often found painted.


In general frame doors will offer a classic look to a kitchen while slab doors will offer a more contemporary look. Slab doors are easier to manufacture in general and can cost less; while frame doors cost more to manufacture as there is more work involved.

Whatever the door type, style, colour or finish that is selected all kitchen doors have their strengths and weaknesses. Beautiful, painted frame doors are not really suitable for a household who have a (may I say chaotic) lifestyle; vinyl veneered doors are not best suited to steamy kitchens, though they are inexpensive.

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