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Choosing Between Different Cabinet Door Types and Styles - Mullion Cabinet

July 26, 2018

When designing your kitchen and living spaces, either on your own or with the help of professionals, every detail counts. The type of door you choose for your cabinetry, for example, will reflect your own personal taste - whether it’s modern, comfortable or elegant. Offering a range of beautiful options like slab, flat panel, raised panel and mullion cabinet doors, we are confident we can help you find the right design elements to make your vision a reality.  


The style you choose plays a pivotal role in the entire look and feel of your kitchen. If you want to showcase beautiful dinnerware sets and furniture, timeless mullion cabinet doors are simply perfect.


They are made with vertical and horizontal mullions or bars that divide the open door frame into panes. They make the inside of the cabinet and its content visible, producing a great decorative effect. Typically, clear glass inserts are installed behind the mullion cabinet doors to keep dust out.


You can also choose to use decorative, etched, frosted or colored glass inserts instead of clear glass to add a personalized touch to the cabinet doors. Mullion cabinet doors are also an ideal decorative accent not just in kitchens but in any living space with shelves, cabinets or bookshelves.


Before choosing your cabinet door style, there are three types of cabinet door that may fit your kitchen design:


  • Full-overlay: in this type, cabinet doors and drawer fronts almost covers the whole of cabinet face, leaving only about 0.25 inches to 0.5 inches of gap between units. This cabinetry type provides a continuous, smooth profile with few visible gaps. 
  • Partial overlay: otherwise known as standard overlay, it has been the industry standard for cabinetry for many years, with doors partially covering the cabinet face frame. It exposes about 1 inch to 2 inches gap between cabinet units.
  • Inset: it differs from the overlays because the cabinet units sit inside the face frame openings. It requires that cabinet doors or drawer fronts are precisely crafted to fit inside the face frame.



At The Door Make, we have the expertise to offer high-quality and beautiful cabinet doors with personal service. We are proud to be a family owned Canadian business. Contact us today to learn more about mullion cabinet doors!

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