Central  Door Styles and OverlaysWhen it comes to remodeling any kitchen or bathroom there is usually significant time spent researching exactly what you want as a homeowner. You have probably spent some time at the big box stores or have been browsing and looking online and in magazines. If you have never been involved in the remodeling process or if it has been a while you may be feeling a little overwhelmed at some of the cabinet lingo or terms people are throwing your way.

Two of the most commonly misused terms are door styles and overlays. Many people tend to use them interchangeably as if they were the same thing. They have two totally different meanings. We wanted to help clear up some of the confusion so you are not frustrated and can communicate to your kitchen designer exactly what you want.

First, the term overlay refers to the portion of the cabinet frame that is covered by the cabinet drawer or door. There are three basic types of overlays: Inset, Partial Overlay, and Full Overlay.

  • Inset The cabinet doors and drawers are flush with the cabinet frame. So you see the cabinet frame and door but they are flush with each other.
  • Partial Overlay – Sometimes referred to as Traditional Overlay is when the cabinet door covers only part of the cabinet frame and stand out from the frame itself.
  • Full Overlay The cabinet doors cover the complete frame of the cabinet box.

Second, the term door style refers to the design and shape of the cabinet door or drawer. Some cabinets may have a raised panel while others may be recessed. You might see doors with an arch or a square frame. To see the difference between door styles and overlays and learn more about different door styles you can read the complete Guide to Selecting Door Styles and Overlays.

If you would like to learn more and see what door styles and overlays that we offer at Central Cabinetry you can contact us to speak with one of our kitchen designers. We would love to have you visit our showroom where you can see the different options and door styles that are available. We are here to help you get the style and look you want for your kitchen and bath remodel so you can enjoy it for years to come.

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Guide to Cabinetry