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Kitchen Cabinets Terms and Definitions

Adjustable Cabinet Shelves
Adjustable shelves can be placed within an assortment of predrilled holes in a wide range of layouts.
Bridge Cabinets
A cabinet used to cover an open space above an appliance such as a refrigerator.
Cam and Bolt
Hardware used to connect the top, bottom, and sides of kitchen cabinets.
Crown Molding
Decorative molding applied to tops of kitchen cabinets.
Edge Band
A piece of material applied to the edge of a board or door, to seal and cover the surface.
Framed Kitchen Cabinets
Commonly referred to as traditional cabinets, consists of a front frame with rails and stiles around the cabinet opening.
Frameless Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets with doors covering the entire cabinet face; commonly referred to as an overlay door. With frameless kitchen cabinetry the front of the cabinet is not obstructed by any frames. Also known as "European Styling", it allows for more storage space and wider drawers.
Fixed Cabinet Shelves
Fixed shelves cannot be moved up or down, they are constructed into the kitchen cabinet.
Fluted Rail
Decorative molding used to highlight areas between cabinets.
A staining process that creates highlights on natural wood cabinets.
Light Rail
Decorative molding usually applied to the bottom of wall cabinets providing a finished look.
Medium Density Fiberboard - a type of engineered wood.
Engineered board made from wood.
Pulls, Knobs, and Handles
Pieces of hardware attached to a kitchen cabinet door or drawer front, used to open the cabinet.
Shelf Pins
Pieces of hardware that the shelf sits on, usually metal or plastic.
Soffit Spacer
Molding applied at the top of kitchen cabinets to allow for door clearance.
A finish applied to natural wood cabinets to enhance color and protection.
A vinyl material that is pressed and sealed onto engineered board.
Toe Kick
A type of molding used to cover the open space under kitchen cabinets.
A thin piece of wood, usually laminated or glued onto a piece of engineered board.

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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
When remodeling your kitchen, an alternative to replacing your cabinets entirely, is to reface them. With refacing cabinets, you can achieve a beautiful new kitchen while spending half the amount of money. You will literally be giving your cabinets a face-lift! In the refacing process, existing doors, drawer fronts and hardware are removed and replaced with new ones

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Wood Kitchen Cabinets
Wood is one material that will never go out of style. It offers a rich classic appeal that comes in a variety of species. Depending on your own personal taste, you can create the look and feel most desired. The species of wood that you select will have the utmost impact on your kitchen cabinet’s final look.

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Cabinet Door Styles
The fashion in which a door fits over a cabinet box determines its fundamental classification. Doors are classified as being one of five types which include, Inset Cabinet Door, Lipped Cabinet Door, Partial Overlay, Full Overlay, Tambour. Inset doors are designed to sit within the rails and stiles of the cabinet frame.

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