Replacement Drawer Fronts at CabinetDoorMart

Replacement Drawer Fronts at CabinetDoorMart

The drawer fronts are the faceplate for the cabinet drawer boxes, so you want to make sure they fit correctly. Stylistically, it is ideal to match or coordinate your drawer fronts with your cabinet doors. A single broken or damaged drawer front can be an eyesore in your kitchen, but finding a matching replacement can be difficult. At CabinetDoorMart, we offer a wide variety of customizable drawer fronts so that you can find your perfect match.

In this blog, we thought it would be helpful to create a guide for finding your matching drawer front with us!


What’s It Made Of?

A large kitchen with naturally finished kitchen cabinets.

The first step to matching your drawer front is selecting a material for construction. Our material selection is broken up into three categories: solid wood, thermofoil, and MDF. If you aren’t sure what your drawer fronts are made of, there are a few telltale signs. 


Solid Wood

If your cabinets have been stained and have visible grain, then they are most likely solid wood. Thermofoil may or may not have a matching pattern on the back of the drawer front and MDF does not have a grain pattern, and so we can assume it is a type of solid wood. If you need to find out the specific wood species, then we recommend taking a sample or the whole front to a lumber yard. Determining a wood species from a sample requires examining its physical features.


Thermofoil

Thermofoil is a vinyl laminate that is heated and pressurized onto a medium-density fiberboard core. You can often tell if your cabinets are made of thermofoil or another laminate, like a veneer, by examining the edges. Typically, you will be able to see a seam where the core piece was wrapped. Thermofoil can resemble wood grain and other textures, so be sure not to go on looks alone when matching. 

A large kitchen with two tone thermofoil cabinets.


MDF

MDF cabinets are most often painted and may look like solid wood cabinets. MDF tends to be heavier than solid wood and can be one clue to look for. If you still are not sure, you can sand the paint off the drawer front you are replacing if you still have it. This way, you can see the composite material below the paint to verify that it is MDF. 


5-Piece, Solid, or Routed?

Once you have determined the material, you will need to find the matching style. With the wide variety of designs and styles available, and so we will once again need to use sub-categories here to make the process easier. If you are working with solid wood as your material, then you will be able to have the choice between 5-piece and solid, or slab-style, construction. 


5-Piece 

5-piece solid wood drawer fronts are assembled in a similar fashion to our cabinet doors. The stiles and rails join together around the center panel. These fronts will match their corresponding door, with the exception that the rails with be reduced in size to allow for the center panel. 

A 5-piece shaker cabinet drawer front.


Routed

If you like the look of the 5-piece drawer fronts but need thermofoil, then our routed drawer fronts will be perfect for you. These drawer fronts will also match their corresponding door with the exception of the rails, which are similarly reduced in size. And so, rather than 5 separate pieces coming together, these drawer fronts are solid pieces with routed designs. Our routed drawer fronts are also available in a paintable, budget-friendly raw MDF version. 

The Fort Worth routed thermofoil drawer front.


Solid (Slab-style)

Available in all of our material options and styles, solid drawer fronts are a great option for those looking for more minimalist designs. Like the routed drawer fronts, our solid fronts will have matching outside edge detail to its coordinating cabinet door, just without the center panel. Slab-style drawer fronts can also be a more budget-friendly option. 

An adobe solid drawer front


Wrapping Up

Hopefully, this guide will help you find the perfect, matching replacement drawer front for your home. Once you have found your style, the last step is to size your new drawer front. If you still have the drawer front you are replacing, then you are in luck. Simply measure the existing drawer front from outside edge to outside edge and you are ready to order. If you cannot use the old drawer front, don’t worry. Simply measure the opening the drawer front will cover. Then, add your desired overlay, or subtract for inset installation. If you need help measuring, check out our measuring guide!

If you need assistance finding your replacement drawer front, we are here to help! You can submit our free matching form, and one of our customer service professionals will reach out to you within 24-48 hours. 

Cabinets with a mixture of drawer fronts and doors.

If you are ready to start ordering or if you need assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-844-326-6680 or info@cabinetdoormart.com. Our team is here to help with everything from measuring to ordering.