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Replacement Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts for Your Kitchen

Replacement Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts for Your Kitchen

2022-04-14

Replacement cabinet doors and drawer fronts come in a wide variety of styles, construction types, and materials. As a homeowner, it can be difficult to know not only what all your options are, but also to know where to start looking. Replacing just your cabinet doors and drawer fronts is a process known as cabinet refacing. This project is a cheaper alternative to replacing your entire kitchen cabinets, but it still allows you to completely change the design of the space. However, to accomplish this project you will need to order your replacement cabinet doors and drawer fronts.

At CabinetNow, we offer hundreds of styles of cabinet doors and drawer fronts for your cabinet refacing needs. We also have the laminate sheets, veneers, and filler panels you will also need to get this job done right. And so, in this guide we are going to take a look at how to use our site to get high-quality, American-made replacement cabinet doors and drawer fronts shipped right to your door.


Measuring Replacement Cabinet Doors

The first step to your replacement cabinet pieces is to get your measurements down. Taking accurate measurements is very important for this project because you will need your sizes to be exact to prevent your doors from banging into each other and to make sure they properly hang on the cabinet box. The easiest way to accomplish this part of the project is to measure the doors you are replacing. However, this can only work if you are ordering the replacement cabinet doors to be the exact same size as your old doors.

Modern thermofoil kitchen

If you need the new cabinet doors and drawer fronts to be a different size than your old ones, then you will need to size them. To do this, first, measure the width and height of the opening the door or drawer front will cover. Next, you will need to add your desired overlay to each measurement. The overlay is the distance your cabinet door or drawer front will go past the opening that it covers. When adding the overlay, it is important to remember to account for both sides, or the top and bottom, of the piece. This means that if you want to have a ½” overlay on all four sides, then you will need to add 1” to the width and the height of the door or drawer front. This way, you are adding a ½” to each side. To learn more about cabinet overlay, check out our overlay measuring guide.

You should note that the above method only works for single-door cabinet openings. For split cabinet doors, two doors for one cabinet box opening, you will need to follow the below steps to determine the width (the height method does not change):

  1. Multiply your overlay by 2 to account for the left and right of the door.
  2. Add the overlay to the width of the cabinet box opening.
  3. Divide by 2.
  4. Subtract the reveal (typically 1/16”)
    1. The reveal is the space between the cabinet doors or drawer fronts. This allowance prevents the doors from rubbing against each other.

And there you have it, the width of your split cabinet doors. If you are choosing an inset installation, you will be subtracting from the cabinet opening. To learn more about measuring and sizing cabinet doors, check out our cabinet door and drawer front measuring guide.


Replacement Cabinet Door Styles

Once you know the sizes you need, it is time to select your new style. If you are wanting to stick with the same style for your replacement drawer fronts and cabinet doors, we are here to help. You can upload pictures to our cabinet door matching form and one of our cabinetry experts will match you with a door from our collection. You can also use this form if you have inspirational pictures of what you are looking for. If you aren’t sure what direction you want to take your kitchen design, then read on as we break down cabinet door styles into 4 major categories.

Flat Panel Cabinet Doors

Flat-panel cabinet doors often called recessed panel doors, feature a panel that is thinner than the frame. This creates the recessed look for the cabinet door. Often, you will find details around the inside and outside edges of these doors. However, these details are frequently on the more subtle side of design.

A prime example of this is the most popular flat panel cabinet door: The Shaker Cabinet Door. Shaker-style cabinet doors and drawer fronts have been widely popular in a variety of applications for a long time. At CabinetNow, we don’t see this trend slowing down anytime soon.

Shaker cabinet doors

Rather than rely on intricate detailing, the shaker cabinet door relies on superior construction and minimalism for its style. Neither the inside edge nor the outside edge feature any detail on these doors. 

clear finish adobe cabinet door

Other flat panel doors, such as the Adobe cabinet door, take the basic shaker style and then give it a twist to create something new. Flat-panel cabinet doors can even be found with more ornate detailing such as the applied molding on our Laguna cabinet door. With the wide range of possibilities, it is no surprise that flat-panel cabinet doors are very trendy and popular at the moment.

clear finish laguna door

Slab Cabinet Doors

Perfect for more modern applications, slab-style cabinets can be used to make bold designs that feature even less detail than flat panel doors. Slab cabinet doors and drawer fronts are just as they sound, even pieces without panels. These doors and drawer fronts may feature some detail along the outside edge, but this is also a construction that lends itself particularly well to minimalism.

Tacoma slab cabinet door

Our slab cabinet doors are available in both solid wood and engineered options. Our engineered options include MDF slabs and thermofoil slab fronts. Thermofoil is a vinyl laminate that is heated and pressurized onto an MDF core. Our thermofoil is available in a huge selection of color options. These options range from sage green to denim to wood tones and textures. When installed with a full overlay, slab-style cabinets in trendy colors can make for stunning modern kitchens.

Raised Panel Cabinet Doors

Finally, we have the ornate and sophisticated designs of raised panel cabinet doors. These doors feature panels that are the same thickness as the frame. Raised panel doors are great for traditionally designed kitchens or bathrooms, which are known for their attention to detail and decadent stylings. 

Clear finish Eagle cabinet door

Like our flat panel cabinet doors, our raised panel doors come in a variety of designs that range from fancy to more minimalist. For example, our Eagle cabinet door features a raised panel surrounded by subtle detail.

Alternatively, our Ridgeview cabinet door features ornate detailing around the raised panel. With a stylish raised panel, intricate edging, and a sunken rope design in its border, the Ridgeview is the perfect replacement cabinet door choice for those looking to create elevated designs. 

clear finish ridgeview cabinet door

In addition, these cabinet doors are made using a miter joint, which creates diagonal lines of interest in the design. The Ridgeview is also a great choice for those looking to stain their replacement doors. Using stain, you will be able to highlight the natural beauty of the wood and of the door’s construction.


Add Glass Cabinet Doors for Style

Strategically adding a few glass cabinet doors to your bathroom or kitchen refacing project can be a great way to inject a bit more style into your design. Glass front cabinet doors can help the room feel a bit brighter and more open. They do this by extending the lines of sight to the back of the cabinet box. However, you should only choose cabinets that you can keep clean and free from clutter for glass cabinet doors. This is because overcrowded cabinets with glass cabinet doors have the opposite effect as the one stated above. This means that your mess would be on display making the room feel cluttered and more closed-in.

In addition to regular glass front cabinet doors, we also offer a line of specialty French lite cabinet doors. This line features our most intricate and beautiful designs for glass cabinet doors. You can use these specialty French lite doors to really make a statement in your kitchen design. Check out these heavenly doors here!


Replacement Drawer Fronts

For your replacement drawer fronts, you have two options. The first option, which many people choose, is to order matching drawer fronts. These fronts will make your cabinet doors in detail and, for some options, construction method. This means that if you have ordered shaker cabinet doors and matching drawer fronts, your drawer fronts will be made from 5 pieces like the doors. And so, your drawer front will also have 2 stiles, 2 rails, and a panel. The only difference between the drawer front and the door is that the drawer front will have reduced rails. This way the frame will not cover the whole panel.

Revere cabinet doors

Alternatively, you can order solid drawer fronts to go with your replacement cabinet doors. These fronts are slab-style and will have a matching outside edge detail to the doors. Solid drawer fronts can be a great addition to a minimalist design, and they have the added bonus of being more budget-friendly than their 5-piece or routed counterparts.


Finishing Up on Replacement Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts

And just like that, you are ready to order your replacement cabinet doors and drawer fronts. You will need to select a material to be used for construction if you order with us. We have several solid wood options available as well as many thermofoil colors and textures.

If you are ready to start ordering or if you need assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-855-669-5222 or send us an email at info@cabinetnow.com. Our team of cabinet experts is here to help with everything from measuring to ordering.