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Kitchen Design and It's Rewards

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Kitchen design is a very rewarding path for a career or a hobby. If you are creative and love to make people's dreams, or even your own dreams, come true then kitchen design can be a great path to discover and follow.

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Why not make them beautiful and functional at the same time? The kitchen has become a focal point of entertaining for friends and family. We see larger wide open floor plans in new homes with a focus on the kitchen and living spaces. Why? We are a social society. We mingle and enjoy food and refreshments with those we care about. It has also become a meeting place for many of those that work from home.

We have dinner parties, gatherings, holidays, and many other events in our homes. Where do most people spend the social gathering? In our kitchens and living rooms.

The kitchen has become an extension of our living room granting us the extra space to entertain. Why not make the kitchen beautiful and functional at the same time.

Learning kitchen design or expanding our knowledge can give us the creativity to create something we can be proud of.

No space is too big or too small to become amazing!!

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Door Types

Raised Panel

  • Framed outside
  • Raised panel in the middle
  • Can be one or more raised areas in the middle
  • Smooth clean lines or enhanced decorative edges
  • Warm classic feel

Recessed Panel

  • Framed outside
  • Flat recessed panel in the center with possible edging
  • Smooth clean lines or enhanced decorative edges
  • Warm classic or modern feel

Shaker

  • Framed outside
  • Flat recessed panel in the center typically with no enhancements
  • Smooth clean lines
  • Clean smooth modern look and feel

Slab

  • Ultra modern design
  • Clean smooth flat door
  • No decorative enhancements

Glass Insert Panel

  • Most door styles can have a glass insert except slab
  • Decorative or clear glass panel in the center
  • Smooth clean lines or enhanced decorative edges
  • Classic or modern feel depending on glass choice

Metal Frame

  • Outer frame of the door is metal
  • Depending on manufacturer it can be a variety of metals
  • Usually has a glass insert, but can be solid
  • Ultra modern style
Raised Panel

Raised Panel

Recessed Panel

Recessed Panel

Shaker

Shaker

Slab

Slab

Glass Recessed Panel

Glass Recessed Panel

Metal Frame

Metal Frame

Most Common Types Of Wood for Cabinets

SpeciesCharacteristicsChanges with Age

Maple

Softer subtle grain. Hardwood used also for furniture and high end objects. Perfect for paint because of it's soft grain and dense toughness. Stains very well with hints of grain texture with light and brown bands.

Fresh cut it's light and bright. Over time it becomes deeper and takes on a deep honey or yellowish shade.

Oak (More popular White Oak)

Useful for indoor and outdoor kitchens because of it's durability and hardness. Aggressive grain. A perfect fir for all stains as the grain stands out. When painted the grain can stand out enhancing the finish.

Becomes deeper with time. Grains become more pronounced and richer in color and texture. Oak tends to get slightly brighter with time.

Cherry

Reddish in color perfect for stains. Darkens over time so stain color become more rich. Grain is tight an uniform.

Fresh cut it's light and shows a lighter grain pattern. Over time it becomes very rich and deep in tone. The reddish color becomes more pronounced and the grain becomes deeper in color.

Most Common Types of Wood for Cabinet Doors and Drawers

Most Common Types of Wood for Cabinet Doors and Drawers

Light and Dark Stain Comparison

Light and Dark Stain Comparison

Specialty Finishes for Paint or Stain

Specialty Finishes for Paint or Stain

  • Walnut
  • Birch
  • Fir
  • Mahogany
  • Red Alder

Cabinet Construction

As with the many types of wood that can be used, there are a couple of popular types of cabinet construction.

  • Engineered wood
  1. Wood particles that are glued and then pressed into sheets under high pressure.
  2. Very durable resisting warping and splitting.
  3. Very affordable option and built to last.
  4. Much heavier than other types of construction.
  • Plywood
  1. Layers of hardwood glued together to create rigid boards.
  2. They resist shrinking and chipping.
  3. Lightweight for an easier install.
  4. Superior strength and durability.

Most companies offer solid wood front cabinets with either wood doors and drawers or MDF (Micro Density Fiberboard) doors and drawers.

  • MDF doors take paint very well. Creating a smooth consistent coating. It will not shrink over time. Seems and mitered joints will not separate.

One thing to keep in mind is that wood expands and contracts over time with moisture and humidity changes. Door corners and seams are mitered together or joined with dovetail joints. These are less noticeable over time with stains, but can become visual with a painted surface.

Cabinet Construction

Cabinet Construction

Types of Cabinet Faces

Framed

  • Wood strips create a frame on the front of the cabinet.
  • The doors and hinges attach to the face frame

Frameless

  • No face frame
  • Doors and hinges attach directly to the sidewall of the cabinet

Partial Overlay

  • Doors and drawer fronts to not completely cover the face frame
  • A gap is left so the face frame of the cabinet is visible

Full Overlay

  • Doors and drawer fronts cover most of the cabinet
  • Little space is left between them
Framed

Framed

Frameless

Frameless

Partial Overlay

Partial Overlay

Full Overlay

Full Overlay

Conclusion

Whether you are a professional designer or a hobbyist, knowing the basics of cabinet construction, types of wood, finishes, glazes, and door styles can get you off to a good start when deciding what type of cabinet works best for you.

I have only touched on the beginnings of kitchen design with the basic understanding of cabinets and how they are made. This can give you a start to creating that functional and beautiful kitchen of your dreams!!

Happy Kitchening!!!

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