Door Style: Wood Type, Overlay and Center Panel
The type of wood you choose for your cabinet doors will not only influence the style and overall look of your kitchen, but the overall cost as well. See below for the cost progression between typical wood species.
The “overlay” refers to how far the door overlays the frame of the cabinet.
Cabinet doors allow you to see some of the cabinet case frame. For an identical door, partial overlay will save you approximately 10-20%.
Cabinet doors cover almost the entire cabinet case frame, providing a seamless look across a kitchen. Full overlay doors are the most popular doors available today.
The center panel refers to the middle of the door.
Veneer or Engineered Wood
Many doors have a veneer or engineered panel inside of a solid wood frame. This typically saves about 5-10% when compared to a similar door with a wood panel. If you are considering paint, we recommend talking with your designer about EverCore, a new material designed specifically for painted doors.
Some doors are available with a solid wood center panel. If you select a stain finish, you may want to consider a door with a solid wood panel. This means that the door “frame” and center panel will both be solid wood and will accept the stain in the same way.