A Guide to Cabinet Parts

A Guide to Cabinet Parts

Whether you are remodeling a single room or your whole home; it is vital to know exactly what you need to order. There are so many options available, and so many different parts, it can be overwhelming to just get started. You don’t want to end up getting started on the project only to discover that something is missing. This can cause delays that could impact your budget. In this guide, we will discuss some of the basic cabinet components that you will need to know when ordering.

If you have never been through a remodel or building process before, you will quickly find out there are a lot of pieces that are needed for a fully functional kitchen. It will require a bit of research and planning on your part, but the results are well worth the effort. The most important part of any remodeling project is starting with a detailed plan.


Boxes and Bases for Cabinets

The cabinet boxes make up the skeleton for your new cabinets. Your doors and drawers will be mounted to the cabinet box. Cabinet boxes can be for the base cabinets, wall cabinets, or a tall pantry. It is always good to have a nice mix of cabinet options but to be sure, you can make a list of all the items you need to store in the space.

Man installing cabinet doors

Base Cabinets

These offer openings for drawers and doors, and they can be ordered in a variety of combinations. The base cabinet boxes will also provide the foundation for your countertops or island.

Tall cabinets

Tall cabinet boxes, such as pantry cabinets, typically have doors and shelves, but sometimes include drawers. Refrigerator cabinets provide a case for your appliance with a cabinet on top. Tall cabinets can be a great way to increase your storage, without taking a lot of floor space.

Wall cabinets

These cabinets are another great way to increase storage without sacrificing floor space. Wall cabinets have shelves inside for easy storage, and they can be dressed up with decorative doors, doors with glass, or left open. These are perfect for plates, bowls, or cups in the kitchen, and towels, washcloths, or toiletries in your bathroom.

Cabinet Drawer Boxes

In addition to doors, you will also need drawer boxes for your cabinets. Cabinet drawer boxes are strongest when made from solid wood, but they are also available in other materials. Be sure to take an inventory of what you intend to store in your drawers. This will help you determine both the size of the drawer box, as well as how strong it will need to be.

Silverware Drawer

When measuring for your new drawer box, be sure to take any hardware you are using into consideration. Drawer slides and glides need space to be installed in your cabinet. Manufacturers will include how much space you need to allow to properly install the hardware.


Drawer Fronts

Your drawer fronts are the faceplate for the cabinet drawer boxes, so you want to make sure they fit correctly. Most fronts can be ordered to resemble the style of your doors, or in a solid, slab style. While the choice between the two is largely personal preference, there are some size restrictions for matching drawer fronts. If you are looking for all matching drawer fronts and doors, be sure to check that the drawer fronts are available in all the sizes you need. When measuring for your drawer fronts, don’t forget to take your desired overlay into account.


Cabinet Doors

Similar to the drawer fronts, cabinet doors come in a wide variety of styles and materials. But there are other options too, such as glass openings and arched designs. The two primary materials that our doors are divided into are solid wood and laminate. There are many different wood species available for solid wood options, and for our laminate doors, we use thermofoil. Thermofoil is a vinyl laminate that is heated and pressurized onto an MDF core.

Cabinet Door Types

Cabinet doors, like drawer fronts, should have an overlay on all sides for most situations, so be sure to keep this in mind as you are measuring.


Odds and Ends

Shelves are something you don’t want to forget. Just be sure to measure the depth of your internal cabinet opening to get a good fit with very little play. Nevertheless, you can always cut it down to fit your size, but you’ll need to smoothen the edges to prevent chipping and splintering, which can lead to cracks on the edges. Also, be sure to check if you need any pegs for your shelves. These come in different sizes, so it is important to know which works with your particular cabinet.

In addition, don’t forget your hardware. You should consider things like hinges, pulls, handles, or glides that you may need for your project.


Final Cabinet

As you can see, there are a lot of bits and pieces to consider when ordering new cabinets. It is important to start any project by making a detailed plan. In addition to things like scheduling and labor, the plan should also have a detailed list of required materials.

Remodeled Kitchen

This list will no doubt change as your project goes on, so be sure to keep it handy and accurate. If you are struggling at any point in your project, feel free to give us a call at 1-844-326-6680 or an email at info@cabinetdoormart.com. Our well-trained sales staff would love to help you with everything from measuring to checking out!