Choosing the Style of Your Kitchen Doors

Understand the different door types, materials and cabinet face construction to make the right choice when you shop. Cabinets make a big style statement in kitchens, and the doors, drawer fronts and side panels come in a wide range of quality and price. To learn about the four basic styles, read on...

Recessed panel doors


A typical example of this type of door would be the Shaker door shown on the left. Its simple, clean lines lends itself to just about any decor - from contemporary to traditional - with variations in wood species, stains, paint colours and hardware.


It is a five panel door consisting of a four piece frame and a centre panel. Traditionally made of wood, modern manufacturing techniques have made less expensive alternatives available.


This one, is Sheraton's Lissa Oak Shaker.  It is available as a  a solid oak frame with a veneered centre panel and also comes in a less expensive foil-wrapped MDF.


For further information on foil-wrapped doors and other manufacturing techniques, please visit our FAQ page.


Raised Panel Doors


Essentially the same five-piece pattern as above, but the centre panel has a raised profile.


This type of door gives your kitchen the traditional, country look that so many people prefer.


The Sheraton Character door shown on the left is made of solid timber which has been painted. Similar doors are available in our Schűller range of German kitchens, shown below.

Flat Panel Door


Simple but stylish, the flat-panel cabinet door (also called a slab door) offers  smooth lines and minimalist form make it a great fit for contemporary and modern interiors.


It comes in a whole range of finishes, including decorative laminates, solid wood, matt and high gloss lacquers.


The example shown on the left is from Schűller's Gala Range, which has a very high quality and durable lacquer finish characterized by deep, brilliant colours. 

In-Frame Door


On most modern kitchens, the cabinet is completely hidden by the door. In-frame doors (also called inset doors) are smaller, and sit inside a frame which hides the edges of the cabinet.


This style was popular in the early 1900s (it was the only method available in those days) and has recently seen a revival of interest.

Their downside is that the frame narrows the opening, restricting the size of the items that can be stored within them.