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Kitchen Cabinets - Glossary Of Terms

Kitchen cabinetry comes in a vast variety of materials and finishes. Cabinets can be purchased as a DIY assembly, preassembled (standard sizes) and custom manufactured. Many products have their own unique terms to describe how they are made. Before you purchase kitchen cabinets it is important that you understand the terms used in kitchen cabinet construction.

Custom manufactured kitchen cabinets, style 1

Figure 1 - Custom manufactured kitchen cabinets - style 1

Custom manufactured kitchen cabinets, style 2

Figure 2 - Custom manufactured kitchen cabinets - style 2

Figure 1 and 2 are a custom manufactured group of kitchen cabinets. This is evident for a few reasons.

  • There is a kitchen island group of cabinets.
  • The ovens are built in
  • The refrigerator has a solid end wall that matches the cabinets and is built in to an area that perfectly matches the size of the refrigerator.

Additional kitchen pictures.

GLOSSARY OF KITCHEN CABINET TERMS:

The following is a glossary of terms used to describe kitchen cabinet construction. Click on the term for the definition, picture and additional information if available:

5-Piece Door

Accessories

Adjustable Shelves

All Wood Construction

Angled Corner Cabinet

Angled End Cabinet

Appliqué

Arch

Backsplash

Back Raised Panel

Base Cabinet

Beadboard

Beveled Panel

Blind Corner Cabinet

Bridge Cabinet

Bulkhead

Bumper Pads

Bun Foot

Burl

Butt Doors

Butt Joint

Cam & Dowel Connector

Carcass

Cathedral Door

Center Stile

Clip-On Hinge Plates

Close Grain Wood

Closed (Sound) Knot

Color Variation

Concave Door Panel

Concealed Hinge

Convex Panel

Corbel

Corner Blocks

Crown Molding

Custom Cabinetry

Dado Joint

Decorative Pull, Handle & Knob

Dentil Moulding

Distressed Wood

Dovetail Joint

Drawer Front

Drawer Guides

Edge Banding

Edge Detail

End Raised Panel

Engineered Wood

European Frameless Cabinets

Exposed Hinge

Face Frame

Filler

Finial Hinge

Fixed Shelves

Flat Panel Door

Fluted Rail

Framed Cabinets

Frameless Cabinets

Full Extension Drawer Guide

Full Inset

Full Overlay

Fur-Down

Galley Rail

Glaze Finish

Hanging Rails

Highlighting

Hinge

Inset Construction

Island

Kerf

Knotholes

Inset Construction

Kiln Dried

Knot

Laminate

Lazy Susan

Light Rail

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

Melamine

Mitered

Modular Construction

Moulding (Molding)

Mullion

Mullion Doors

Nailer

Onlay

Overlay

Pantry Cabinets

Partial Overlay

Partical Board

Peninsula

Plywood

Pull (cabinet dimension)

Pull (cabinet hardware)

Racking

Rail

Raised Panel

Ready To Assemble

Recessed Panel

Reinforcing Rail

Reveal

Rope Lighting

Rope Moulding

Rosette (cabinet hardware)

Rosette (moulding)

RTF (Rigid Thermofoil)

Scribe Moulding

Semi-Concealed Hinge

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Shelf Pins

Skin

Soffit

Solid Wood Construction

Standard Cabinets

Standard Overlay

Stile

Stock Cabinets

Stretcher

Tall Cabinets

TERP (Tall End Raised Panel)

Thermofoil

Tilt-Out Trays

Toe Kick

Undermount Drawer Slide

Under Cabinet Lighting

Upper Cabinet

V-Groove Cabinet Door

Valance

Veneer

Vinyl Laminate

Wall Cabinet

Wood Species