RTA cabinets are easier to choose, once there is an understanding of different styles. By examining the different doors, the design will be much easier. Cabinet doors are the introduction to your cabinets and help to create a first impression of your kitchen. Doors not only add function to your cabinets, but add beauty as well and come in many different styles. The difficult part is knowing what style is what and how each impacts the overall design. Let’s take a look at the various doors.
A Shaker Style Door - This style expresses simplicity and tradition. The doors have a raised outside panel. The edges are sharp and defined with no fancy curves or details. The rectangular doors lay flat against the cabinets for a simple and clean look.
A Shaker Raised Panel Style Door - The raised shakerdoor has the same surround and a raised panel in the center. This style is very common and is a popular choice for many cabinets.
A Full overlay Door- Full overlay cabinet doors are designed so that the door and drawer fronts completely cover the face frames. When they are closed, almost no part of the frame is exposed, including the hinges. Knobs and pulls are essential with this style because little to no space exists between doors and drawers. These doors are a great option if you are trying to give your kitchen a facelift without the cost of a complete rehab. Provided your old cabinets are structurally sound, new doors will make them seem like new cabinets.
A Half overlay Door- Also referred to as a regular, traditional, standard or partial overlay door. A half overlay door leaves a fair amount of the cabinet base exposed. This option is often less expensive as it leave hardware exposed and fewer materials are required. There is also no pressing need for knobs and pulls.
A Framed Door- This style has the door has a frame attached to the outside of the cabinet and provides support and structure to the door panel. Unframed doors are considered European styled and have the door panel lying almost completely against the cabinet.
A Mullion Door- The Mullion cabinet door panels have glass panelswith wood patterned overlays. It looks a lot like a window. Having glass panels allows you to see the contents and add a specific design element.
A Raised panel Door- With this, the center of the door panel is raised. Often the perimeter has a matching raised aspect as well.. Raised panel cabinet fronts require high quality craftsmanship to ensure that the doors are integrated into the cabinet box. With this many creative options exist as they can be quite elaborate in design and require a high level of craftsmanship.
A Slab Door- Slab doors are a single piece of material with no embellishment. This can be wood, laminate, metal or MDF. The simplicity offers a clean and contemporary design flavor.
Many companies will sell just a cabinet door, so buying a sample door and seeing it in the actual space will make the final decision easier. This gives great insight into the quality and lets the consumer visualize the product in the space. RTA cabinets are easy to install and cost effective.