Buying Guide

Best Kitchen Cabinet Refacing for Your Home

Update Cabinet Doors
white kitchen cabinets with sink and appliances

Select new cabinet doors made from solid wood, rigid thermofoil or bamboo. Then choose your overlay style. An overlay is how the cabinet doors lay on the cabinet face. There are two overlay styles:

  • Standard overlays (also called traditional overlays) leave the face of the cabinet box visible around doors and drawers, creating a type of frame. 

  • Full overlays have the cabinet doors mounted so they completely cover the cabinet box with virtually no cabinet frame showing around doors and drawer fronts.
Cabinet Door Materials
cabinet samples
cabinet samples
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Description Solid wood Rigid thermofoil Medium density fiberboard (MDF)
Feature/Benefits Available in maple, cherry and oak Can be personalized with finishes, stains, paint and glazes Thin, layered plastic coating fused to medium density fiberboard (MDF) with heat and pressure Available in a wide range of colors and styles An engineered composite wood. Easy to paint, resists warping from humidity, a budget-friendly option to using solid wood
Cabinet Hardware
wood cabinet hinge

Kitchen cabinet hardware such as cabinet hinges, handles, knobs and pulls can improve usability and add a finishing touch to define your decor. 

The type of cabinet you have partly determines the type of hinges used on it. 

  • Framed cabinets have hinges attached to the door and the frame, while frameless cabinets have hinges attached to the door and the wall. 
  • European ("concealed") hinges are not visible when the door is closed. They provide a sleek, clean appearance and are often used with contemporary styles. 
  • Most of these hinges are self-closing and commonly limit the door to opening 110 degrees. European hinges are always used on full overlay cabinet doors or frameless cabinets. 
  • Traditional ("exposed") hinges show on the outside of the cabinet and are used with traditional cabinet styles. Types include spring-loaded self-closing barrel hinges and knife hinges, which allow the door to open 180 degrees.

Cabinet handles or pulls come in a variety of styles and materials, from plastic and wood to ceramic and crystal. Most come in matching combinations with knobs for doors and handles for doors and drawers.

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