You might not realize it, but choosing kitchen cabinet doors is no simple matter. Homeowners have an incredible range of options, each with pros and cons. Finding new cabinet doors will be part of the process if you want to remodel your kitchen.

So today, the Cutting Edge Cabinetry team discusses choosing the right kitchen cabinet door style for your upcoming remodel project. You can also call us to learn more about our exciting kitchen remodeling services!

Popular Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

A cabinet remodeling project will start with selecting the doors you like, and it’s all about the aesthetic you want to achieve. Here’s a quick list of the major cabinet door styles you could choose:


Shaker cabinet doors are one of the most popular cabinet door types. They feature clean lines, raised center panel cabinet doors, and thin edges.

Shaker-style cabinets are popular due to their simplicity and flexibility in decoration. These cabinet doors go well with both traditional and contemporary kitchen styles, and you can paint the shaker door in the color of your choice.

While shaker-style cabinets are dependable and diverse, they do require slightly more maintenance and cleaning. Dirt and grime collect in the corners near the edges. Many homeowners also dislike the simplicity of these shaker cabinets and instead want something more exciting.



Slab cabinets consist of a single, continuous flat panel of plywood, wood, or MDF. Slab or flat panel cabinets exude a smooth look that lends itself well to contemporary minimalist kitchen designs.

Bear in mind that natural wood slab cabinets can be expensive. Why not consider laminate and plywood options? They do an excellent job mimicking the look and texture of natural wood.


Beadboard cabinets are common in farmhouse designs. They feature a raised edge and vertical paneling on the front. The textured design evokes a rustic feel, and the vertical slat pattern matches traditional and contemporary designs.

White is the most common color for beadboard, but you can use any color or stain to harness some decorative flexibility. Like shaker cabinets, they can be difficult to clean because of the grooves.


Glass cabinet doors are another type that’s rising in popularity. They’re perfect for designer kitchens because these doors have transparent frames interlaid on the front panel.

Do you have decorative dishes or kitchenware to show off? Glass cabinets do the trick. The transparent design also increases the light in your kitchen, expanding the space.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinet Door Style

If all the kitchen cabinet doors in the catalog are starting to look the same, consider zoning in on the following considerations:


The first part of any home improvement project is budgeting. You don’t want to set your sights too high and end up running out of money trying to finance your dream kitchen project. As a rule of thumb, cabinet door styles will be more expensive with more decoration and adornments.


Different door types work better for unique kitchen layouts and designs. For instance, slab cabinets work best with modern, minimalistic designs. Glass-front cabinets enhance traditional styles.

However, the cabinet doors are one of the first things people see when they step into your kitchen. So, how do you want them to feel as they enter the room?


The door profile is how much the door protrudes when you view it from a side perspective. For example, shaker cabinet doors have a wider profile because they have a raised panel in the center that extends away from the cabinet body. In contrast, frameless slab cabinets would have a very sleek profile.

Modern-style kitchens utilize cabinets with a shallower side profile to contribute to the streamlined, minimalistic look. Think about your preferences to narrow down the options.


The traditional choice for kitchen cabinets is solid wood, whether that’s alder, walnut, hickory, oak, cherry, or maple. Hardwood’s luster will last for several years, but you pay for what you get. Why not consider a few alternative options like plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that mimic the feel and texture of real wood at a fraction of the cost?

Cabinet finishes put the final touches on your kitchen cabinet doors. Staining is popular for natural wood. You can also paint your cabinets or showcase the natural wood finish with a clear varnish.


Cabinets look phenomenal, but they also serve a crucial functional purpose: easy storage. The style and orientation of your cabinets depend on what you need to put in them.

Different types of cabinet doors create more space for storage. For example, thin slab doors maximize the amount of space you can use, as well as whether the door hinges are inside the cabinet box or outside the cabinet frame.


Finally, cabinet hardware includes things like handles, knobs, hinges, and other components not directly part of the door, frame, or box. Handles come in several styles, with pull and knob options to make opening cabinets easy. Whatever you choose, the hardware should mesh with your overall kitchen design and add to the aesthetic that’s cohesive with the rest of the home.

Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling in West Haven

At Cutting Edge Cabinetry, we eat, sleep, and breathe cabinets! Let us help you plan, design, and build your ideal replacement cabinet doors, whether you want fully custom cabinet doors or a redo.

Would you like to learn more about Cutting Edge Cabinetry’s many options for kitchen cabinet doors? Contact us online or call (385) 469-1298 today to schedule a consultation!

Allison Schmidt