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How to Choose Cabinet Doors?

November 27, 2020 | Updated on: May 02, 2024

how to choose cabinet doors

When you come to the kitchen, what is the first thing you see around? We bet it’s kitchen cabinets, precisely, cabinet fronts. Doors are responsible for the aesthetics of the kitchen, as they take up a significant percent of room surfaces. It is crucial as well for cupboard doors and hardware to perform their functions as smoothly as possible since it defines kitchen functionality. And because they are what get the most wear in a kitchen, fronts can lose their appeal before the entire cabinets do.

It is essential for every homeowner to like the way the kitchen set looks and how cabinet doors and hardware work. The good-quality cabinet boxes don’t lose their integrity soon. So, if you have a well-designed kitchen layout, you’ll rather want to change the style someday. That is much cheaper and faster to replace cupboard doors and drawer fronts than the entire kitchen set. Especially if there is no need for it. That is why kitchen manufacturers, and of course, Cut2Size, offer many more kitchen door options and sell them separately from cupboards so often. 

When you choose cabinet fronts and doors it is important to consider the material and style and measure the right size of new items. For instance, if your kitchen is a more classic style, it makes no sense to choose modern doors. Or, if you are looking to reveal your serving pieces, you can use a glass cupboard. If you are a parent with small children or enjoy cooking a lot, you will probably look for doors that you can easily childproof and clean. With all these in mind it can be a difficult task to choose doors, so we are here to help!

Cabinet Doors

Cabinet Door Materials

There are tons of options available for cabinet doors. Cabinet doors can be made out of solid wood, such as maple, walnut or oak. Wood doors are mostly used for traditional style cabinets. Textured melamine, high gloss, and matte will give your home a more modern look. Consider mixing and matching modern cabinet doors to make your design more interesting. If your current doors are damaged or outdated, they can be replaced at a reasonable cost, using Cut2Size Platform - no matter what style you are looking for.

Here at Cut2Size, we manufacture our products using only the highest quality materials. Whether it is textured melamine, wood veneer, solid wood, high gloss, or matte, we use prime quality materials manufactured in North America. Using the Cut2Size platform, you can be assured you will get a good quality product. Wooden cabinet doors are available as profiled solid wood doors or veneer slab doors. Our textured melamine and high gloss finishes are great options for modern cabinet doors.

For a better understanding of what is right for you, let's have a look at the materials from which cabinet doors can be made:


  • Particle Board (chipboard) - the most reliable and affordable core material in furniture production. Particle board is produced by pressing together wood shavings, sawdust, and resin. It is treated with a special product to make it water and fire-resistant. Used as the core for sheet goods.
  •  Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) – engineered sheet material consisting of wood fibres, wax and resin pressed at high temperature and pressure. This material is stronger and more durable than chipboard. It can be used as a core material or used alone to make MDF doors that can be lacquered.
  •  Melamine - one of the most common materials used to manufacture cabinet boxes and cabinet doors. Melamine doors are a popular choice amongst customers due to their durability, sleek appearance, and easy maintenance. This product can easily be cleaned with soapy water and a cloth.
  • Plywood - tightly pressed veneer sheets commonly used in furniture production. Plywood is a popular material used to make cabinet boxes in traditional style kitchens.


cabinet doors materials

Panels and Doors:

  • Textured Melamine – one of the most popular and affordable materials used to manufacture cabinet doors. Textured melamine is available in tons of colours and textures. Wood or stone textures can mimic the look of the real wood or stone it can even be hard to recognize a difference from a distance.
  • Acrylic – also known as high gloss. This is a very popular option for modern style cabinets. Acrylic cabinet doors will not fade under the influence of ultraviolet and will not lose their glossy finish over time.
  • Glass - glass has been used in the manufacture of furniture for an incredibly long time. Glass doors can make your room visually larger as well as add style and allow you to display your decorative table and glassware.
  •  Matte – a very good alternative to slab painted MDF. Available in many solid colours. Matte doors have a smooth and silky finish to the touch.
  • Solid Wood Doors - made of 5 pieces (4 solid pieces for the frame and a flat or raised central panel). Maple, Oak, and Walnut are the most popular wood species and can be stained in light, medium, or dark colours, which makes the wood grain and texture to show its beauty.

How much do cabinet doors cost?

Do you have any idea about how much it would cost to remake or reface your kitchen or bathroom cabinets? Most cabinet manufacturers would not answer this question before you make a certain commitment. Most cabinet suppliers will give you a quote for free, but it will require so much of your time and input. With Cut2Size you can price your cabinets at any time of the day, by yourself. All prices are available online instantly! Moreover, you can find many ideas for the styles, colours, and materials from which we make kitchen cabinet doors, panels, and cabinet boxes.

Before you select a material, you should think about what kind of look you would like to achieve. The internet is a great source of inspiration for pictures. There are a lot of options to choose from. Cabinet doors come in a variety of textures and colours which makes each cabinet door unique.

Ordering custom cabinet doors online gives you the full freedom and flexibility to choose what you like for your space. The average price per square foot for cabinet doors in Canada can vary. Pricing will depend on the type and brand of material used.   Below is a range of square foot pricing for doors made of different materials: 


Price per square feet

Particle Board (chipboard) cabinet doors

CA $9.00

Melamine cabinet doors

CA $12.00

Laminated Plywood cabinet doors

CA 19.50

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) cabinet doors

CA $9.50

Acrylic cabinet doors (High Gloss)

CA $15.00

Glass cabinet doors

CA $18.00


Finally, when you’re planning to purchase cabinets, doors, panels, or components - do some research! It’s important to choose a supplier who specializes in millwork, has a reputation for excellent workmanship and has knowledge and years of experience in the industry. It may seem like your cabinet door price is too good to be true, but make sure the supplier you pick is reliable. You don't want to end up with a product that does not fit properly, doesn’t meet the quality standards, or that won't last long.

Styles of Door Fronts:

There are plenty of different door styles available on the market. Today based on the designer/owner's wishes, current trend, or style of the house, they can be made from a range of materials:

The most common types of cabinet door fronts are: styles of door fronts

1. MDF profiled doors

2. MDF slab doors

3. Solid Wood profiled (flat panel or raised panel)

4. Wood veneer doors

5. Framed Glass doors (aluminum framed cabinet doors with glass panels)

6. Accent doors (ie. Mullions, louvres, slats, custom profiles)

Cabinet Door Handles

Cabinet Door Handles

Choosing a handle for your cabinet doors can be a very difficult task. Today, furniture manufacturers offer a huge selection of cabinet door handles in the most incredible shapes, finishes and colours. The prices for door handles can also vary significantly. Let's try to combine them into several general types:

1. Pulls - the most common types of furniture handles. They can be installed vertically or horizontally, and used for both door and drawer fronts.

2. Knobs - small handles that can be made from different materials (from wood to crystal) available in different shapes and sizes (from round to geometric). Knobs are commonly used for small doors.

Cabinet Door Hinges

Cabinet Door Hinges

Different types of cabinet door hinges:

·         Softclose

·         Full Overlay

·         Half Overlay

·         Inset

·         Corner

·         Blind Corner

·         Angled

·         Angled Mitered

·         Corner

·         Special Application

Currently, one of the most common hinges used in Canada is a frameless full overlay. The most popular brand is Blum. Blum offers a lifetime warranty on all their hardware. These hinges are mounted on the side of the cabinet and make the door fully cover the cabinet interior case. Blum soft close hinges are used on cabinets offered on Cut2Size platform.

Cabinet Door Installation

At first glance, the job of installing cabinet doors may seem very simple and you may decide to install the cabinet doors yourself. However, do not forget that the installation of cabinet doors requires adjustments in order for the doors to look and function properly - some experience and knowledge is recommended.

Cut2Size highly recommends using licensed and insured trades for the installation of your new custom millwork. Hire a professionally trained installer that can provide exceptional work and service. If you have enough knowledge, you can perform the installation of the doors on your own.

Cut2Size specialists are ready to assist you with your cabinet door installation questions. There are installation and adjustment instructions available on our website. At Cut2Size, we will provide you with detailed video instructions on how to install and adjust your new cabinet doors.


Before you buy cabinet doors, it is important to do some research, compare prices, and ask professional installers for cabinet door installation costs. You will also need to make sure the installer is knowledgeable at adjusting different styles of doors. You should also ask how long it will take to get the job done, and if the trade will guarantee their job. A professional cabinet maker or millwork specialist can recommend the best material for your space to make sure it lasts for a long time! Once you find the right cabinet installer, make sure that your product is manufactured by a licensed company such as Cut2Size and we will do the job right.



Article by:

Valentina Melnikova - Lead Designer at Cut2Size

Office 403.366.7411

Hi there! I’m a millwork designer and an owner of a kitchen cabinet manufacturing company. With a team of professionals, I work on designing and manufacturing high-end millwork. Combining professional designing and manufacturing skills is what allows us to develop and translate our plans into a reality through our uniqueness and exclusive ideas. Our employees are highly skilled and creative thinkers that also utilize their professionalism and experience to take millwork to the next level. I’m very familiar with the industry and I take on each project from the design to the final product. With that said, if you’re looking for design advice or technician help, you’re in the right place.