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Thermofoil is another popular cabinet material offered by many cabinet manufacturers. Though its name may sound a bit technical, its construction is fairly simple. Thermofoil is made by heat fusing a very thin layer of PVC (which is polyvinyl chloride) to the core material which may be plywood, particle board or medium density fiberboard (MDF). In other words, a thin layer of vinyl is applied by heat, pressure and adhesive to the cabinet doors, frames, shelves and/or drawers. The result is a durable surface that is smoother than paint.

Benefits of Thermofoil Cabinets

There are some key benefits to Thermofoil. Let's first discuss how it is superior to the standard painted door. First, it is much less likely to chip as compared to paint. You don't have to worry about spending all that time to repaint your cabinet doors only to find out that your hard work is ruined by a small chip just days later. Thermofoil is made to last so painting and repainting will not be an issue. Second, its surface is going to be more consistent and smooth than a painted door. Third, since the surface is essentially a thin layer of vinyl, it is easier to clean using standard household cleaning products....Read Full Article

» Kitchen Cabinets: Door Style Guide

It's time to add some style to those kitchen cabinets. To do this, you should first ask yourself: What is the most visible part of my cabinets when I walk into the kitchen? The answer: The cabinet doors. The doors of your cabinets are like the face of your kitchen and the character of their ‘facial’ expression is defined by what door style you choose. Just as your face has many expressions to communicate your mood, so do the cabinet doors. By deciding which door shape, finish, and material to use, you’ll be able to make your kitchen stand out among the crowd.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Shape

As you might expect, kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The shape you choose will have quite an effect on the overall look of your kitchen. You should have in mind what style you are going for (contemporary, modern, traditional, etc). Certain shapes will be better suited for certain styles. To help you understand each of the most popular cabinet door shapes, we’ve listed them below....Read Full Article

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Glossary of Cabinet Terms

Base Cabinet
Usually found under the countertops and sits on the floor
Bead Board
Wood paneling that contains parallel grooves (typically vertical) to give the cabinet added style and texture.
Beaded Door
Beaded styling on the cabinet door. Typically is found in the recessed panel of the door.
Carcass
Another word for the box of the cabinet
Concealed Hinge
A hinge that is attached to the inside of the cabinet door so that it is out of site
Custom Cabinetry
This offers the most options for style and design. With custom cabinets you'll multiple choices for wood type, shape, size, glaze, finish, hardware, frame style and more. This is the most expensive option when it comes to cabinetry.
Dado
A groove cut into a piece of wood that allows another piece to slide into it for a tighter fit
Dove Tail
A highly effective way to join two pieces of wood at a right angle without requiring screws. The male end of the board has multiple pins cut into it while the female board has a series of tails. The two are then joined together in an interlocking fashion.
Drawer Face
The front panel of the drawer box where the handle is attached
Engineered Wood
Not natural wood. This is wood that is enhanced for better structural purposes. It is also environmentally friendly since oftentimes it is created from the leftovers from other types of wood. Examples of engineered wood include particle board, fiberboard (MDF).
Exposed Hinge
A hinge that is showing on the outer edge when the cabinet door is closed
Face Frame
This is the outer frame that is attached to the front side of the top, bottom and side of the cabinet box. This improves the overall stability of the box.
Finish
The final layer applied to the surface to lock in color and provide protection. The protection helps sustain the cabinet's overall beauty and protects from sun damage and other normal wear
Flake Bard
Another way to say particle board because of the flakey nature of the wood in particle board
Flat Panel
Consists of a door or drawer where the center portion of the panel is indented or recessed. The recessed look can have multiple styles and shapes
Framed Cabinets
One of the two standard cabinet design styles. This style incorporates a frame around the front side of the cabinet box. This is the most common design and is also the most sturdy.
Frameless Cabinets
Also referred to as European style cabinets. With Frameless cabinets, there are no obstructions on the front side of the cabinet box allowing for greater room for storage. These usually require full overlay cabinet doors so as to cover the edges of the cabinet box.
Full Inset
Doors and drawers that are designed to fit within the inside edge lines of the faced frame opening. The outer edges of the doors and drawers will be flush with the face frame edges.
Full Overlay
This is a door type that covers the majority of the front of the cabinet box. Most common in frameless cabinets.
Furniture Board
Another way to say particle board
Glaze
Used to coat the cabinets to provide another level of unique style. Glazes come in a variety of colors and finish types used to change the overall appearance of the wood material. Glazes are designed to enhance the wood's natural properties.
MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
This is an acronym for Medium Density Fiberboard which is a manufactured wood product created from tiny wood particles and a bonding agent such as glue or resin. Since it is made with tiny wood particles, it is easier to shape as opposed to particle board which is made of larger wood particles. MDF commonly serves as the core material of the cabinet and is covered with laminate, thermofoil or melamine.
Melamine
A popular plastic material that is easily cleaned and is used to cover the door and drawer surfaces. It is adhered to the core of the cabinet which typically consists of particle board, or MDF.
Mullion Doors
Cabinet doors with a glass panel in the center panel of the door. The glass comes in a wide array of styles and colors to make the cabinet more unique...learn more
Overlay
A term to describe the amount of face frame covered by the front of a drawer or door
Partial Overlay
Doors and drawers cover only a portion of the overall frame. Good option to highlight the outer frame of the cabinet box since it will be visible when the doors and drawers are fully closed.
Particle Board
A manufactured wood product composed of small pieces of wood bonded together with glue or resin. This is the least costly solution for the core of a cabinet and is of the lowest quality when compared to plywood or MDF.
Rail
Horizontal pieces of the face frame
Recessed Door
The central panel of a cabinet door that is indented or recessed to offer a unique style and design
Reveal
This is the exposed portion of overlay on the front cabinet frame when the door or drawer is closed.
Semi-Custom Cabinets
Semi-custom cabinets are one step below custom cabinets when it comes to price and the number of options available. They are factory made versus being made by a specific woodworker. Given advances in cabinet manufacturing technology, many still offer a wide variety of options when it comes to selecting your cabinet style, size, shape, etc.
Soffit
This is the area between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. It usually protrudes out over the cabinets. Many people like to convert it into a shelf above the cabinets for added storage.
Solid Wood
Solid wood is different from particle board or MDF in that it is made up of multiple solid wood boards that are glued or bonded together. They are must more structurally sound and typically more expensive...learn more
Species of Wood
This refers to the many types of wood options you have. Species are differentiated by wood grain, density, color and more...see our wood species chart
Stile
Vertical pieces of the face frame
Stock Cabinets
Stock cabinets are the most affordable type of cabinets. They are usually found in places like Home Depot and Lowe's and are pre-made so you won't have as many choices in terms of size, design etc. Stock cabinets are usually made of wood veneer or a laminate material that is adhered to MDF or particle board.
Substrate
Refers to the material that laminate, thermofoil or melamine is applied to. It is usually made of particle board, plywood or MDF.
Thermofoil
This is another cabinet material made from heat fusing thin layers of PVC to a substrate. Thermofoil is easy to clean, durable and smoother than paint...learn more
Toe Kick
This is defined as the lower most piece of the base cabinet that is sunk in enough to allow someone's feet to go under if they were standing in front of the cabinet.
Veneer
Veneer consists of strips of wood that are adhered to a substrate such as particle board or MDF. The benefit of using wood veneer is that you are able to choose from the highest quality cuts of wood since you are not relying on its ability to provide support for the overall cabinet. Instead, it is just the outer layer used to add style and beauty to the cabinet...learn more
V-Groove
A type of vertical design in many cabinet doors. It is typically beaded or grooved and popular in bathroom medicine cabinets.
Vinyl Laminate
This material is used on the interior of many cabinets and is designed to be easy to clean and durable. Since it is a thin material it is easily applied to to various cabinet components and surfaces.
Wall Cabinets
Simply put, these are cabinets that are mounted to the wall.
Wood Grain
The pattern made in the wood that is influenced by the species of tree and its age...see our wood species chart