Selecting Kitchen Cabinet Doors: Layout, Style and Cost

There are several important elements to be thinking about when selecting new cabinets or cabinet accessories for your kitchen, and doors are chief among many of these conversations. Your cabinet doors define the aesthetics and many of the functional elements of your cabinets, and many homeowners spend significant time considering their choice in this area.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, doors are just one of numerous, comprehensive elements we’ll assist you with for any of our kitchen cabinet products, which include base cabinets, utility cabinets, wall cabinets and many other options. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some the key variables that impact your door selection, plus how to consider each of them as you make this choice.

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General Layout

Firstly, you’ll want to think about the layout of your kitchen in order to understand how many doors you need, and what sizes will work best. If you have a smaller kitchen, for example, you might choose to go with fewer, larger doors rather than lots of small ones.

You’ll also want to decide on the number of doors per cabinet. For example, do you want one door per shelf, or two doors that open up to reveal the entire contents? There are pros and cons to both styles, so it’s important to understand how you want to be able to access your cabinets before making a decision.

Style Considerations

After you’ve determined the general layout of your kitchen, you’ll want to move to a closely-related but more specific conversation: style. After all, the style of your kitchen cabinets will play a significant role in dictating the style of the doors you ultimately choose.

There are numerous door styles to pick from, and some of the most popular options include:

  • Slab Doors: These doors are characterized by their simple, flat faces and lack of embellishments. They’re a popular choice for more modern or minimalist kitchen designs.
  • Shaker Doors: Shaker doors are similar to slab doors in their simplicity, but they feature a recessed center panel that gives them a bit more visual interest.
  • Raised Panel Doors: As the name implies, raised panel doors feature a center panel that’s raised above the rest of the door. They’re a popular choice for more traditional kitchen designs.
  • Glass Doors: Glass doors are a great way to add some extra visual interest to your kitchen cabinets. They come in many different styles, so you can find an option that fits well with the overall aesthetic of your kitchen.


Naturally, cost is always an important consideration when selecting anything for your home, and this is especially true of kitchen cabinets. After all, they’re a significant investment, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting the best possible value for your money.

The cost of cabinet doors will vary depending on the style, material and other factors. If you’re working with a limited budget, it’s important to be realistic about the style of doors you can afford.

In our next blog post, we’ll continue this conversation by talking about some of the more specific considerations you’ll need to make when selecting cabinet doors. For more on kitchen cabinets or to start browsing our door selection, contact us today at AWA Kitchen Cabinets.