9 Different Kinds of Kitchen Cabinets

An important part of a kitchen is the cabinets. It is the one place where you store all your items — pots, pans, utensils, etc. That is why you need to have the right kind of kitchen cabinets for your home. To help you find the best ones, check out this guide to discover 9 different kinds of kitchen cabinets. 


Shaker architecture was inspired by a religious organization that arose in the 1770s during the American colonial period. In favor of a plain and functional appearance, the design avoids any flourishes of style. Despite its classical origins, Shaker cabinets’ simple and clean lines lend themselves to placement in modern or contemporary kitchen designs.

Flat paneled doors with rail frames, solid construction with high-quality wood, and utilitarian designs are all hallmarks of Shaker kitchen cabinets. Shaker-style cabinets are made out of high-quality local American timbers that are generally found in the northeastern United States. Durable woods such as cherry, maple, hickory, and quartersawn oak are examples.

Shaker cabinets are frequently left unfinished, but they can also be stained to bring out the natural wood colors in darker colors. Shaker cabinets in white or gray are very popular in modern kitchens because they provide the light and airy atmosphere that many modern homeowners desire. To complete the style, Shaker cabinets are frequently matched with white or light granite worktops, stainless steel appliances, and modern hardware in modern kitchens.


Although it incorporates various designs seen in the Spanish and American Southwest regions, the Mission style heavily impacted another major design aesthetic seen in kitchen cabinetry known as the Arts & Crafts movement. Straight lines and panel-faced doors with minimal or no decoration characterize Mission-style design. Oak, particularly American white oak, is the most popular material used in mission-style kitchen cabinets. Cherry can also be utilized on occasion because it is a more attractive and durable wood. Because of their distinctive construction, mission-style kitchen cabinets are usually manufactured by professional carpenters, resulting in a more sturdy, dependable, and long-lasting collection of cabinets. A Mission-style kitchen design might be expensive due to the emphasis on custom-made cabinetry. The cost of the wood, as well as the cost of labor, make it less likely to create a budget-friendly Mission-style kitchen; yet, the aesthetic and long-lasting results may be well worth the extra cost.

Mission-style cabinets are typically painted rather than left in their natural wood state in terms of color. Although homeowners may opt to stain the wood cabinets to bring out a richer color, the wood is frequently kept in a warm honey tone. Wrought iron, rubbed brass, and bronze metal is frequently used in decorative hardware.


Louvered kitchen cabinets have horizontal wooden slats and are rather expensive. Louvered cabinets provide a unique look to kitchen cabinetry, with a design that is commonly found on windows, furniture, and interior doors. Because most louvered doors feature openings between each slat, louvered cabinets are ideal for places that require ventilation. When shopping for doors to a cabinet near a radiator, a pantry cabinet, or clothes drying cabinet in a laundry room, keep this in mind.

Flat-Panel or Slab

Flat-panel kitchen cabinet doors, often known as “slab” cabinet doors, are basic but attractive. The flat-panel kitchen cabinet type features clean lines and a simple design that is devoid of costly details. The simple flat-panel cabinet’s appearance works well in both contemporary and modern kitchens. Flat-panel cabinets can be built in a variety of ways. One persistent aspect of this architecture is the lack of frames on the slab doors. Rather, they are solid slabs, as their name suggests.


Inset-style cabinets, as the name implies, have an inset door set inside the cabinet frame rather than outside the frame like traditional cabinet doors. Each door is planned and made with highly accurate measurements to guarantee that the wood lies inside the frame and opens and closes properly. Inset kitchen cabinets and drawers are among the most expensive on the market, but they have a timeless design that will last for years. Inset cabinetry is simple to customize with beaded or non-beaded inserts to create unique cabinets. Beaded inset construction is built into the cabinet door itself. This adds great craftsmanship to the edge detail.

Keep in mind that this cabinetry type frequently necessitates exposed hinges rather than the concealed hinges found on many other cabinet door layouts. Unlike concealed hinges, which are included in the cost of the cabinet box, you’ll need to purchase two hinges per door for inset cabinets, which can rapidly add up to your budget.


Are you looking for a kitchen with an old feel? If that’s the case, distressed cabinets and drawers are a good choice. Distressed-looking cabinets are available from most manufacturers and come in any door style with rubbed-off edges and other distressing processes to give them an aged appearance. A contractor performing distressing techniques on your new cabinetry would normally cost an extra 15 to 20%.


Beadboard cabinetry, which is made up of rows of vertical planks with depression or ridges known as “beads” between each blank, has a more dynamic aspect than flat kitchen cupboards. The look of the beads adds texture to this style of the cabinet door, making it ideal for a country farmhouse or cottage kitchen. If all-white beadboard cabinets appear to be the perfect finishing touch for your cottage kitchen, keep in mind that the style’s fissures and crevasses can be difficult to clean and maintain.


Medium-density fiberboard is molded into Thermofoil kitchen cabinets (MDF). This sort of door is then sealed by wrapping it in a type of plastic covering and baking it under high heat. The procedure produces kitchen cabinetry that is both long-lasting and cost-effective. Thermofoil cabinets, which are usually mass-produced, are only available in solid colors and are made to look like wood. These cabinets, on the other hand, are reasonably priced. Thermofoil kitchen cabinets are easy to clean, low maintenance, and moisture resistant, but they have poor heat resistance. This implies they shouldn’t be placed too close to a heat source, such as an oven. If you do, the laminate on the veneer cover may fall loose.


If you can’t find a door design for your kitchen cabinets that you like in stores, bespoke cabinets are the way to go. To develop your own unique kitchen cabinet design, consult a local designer or craftsperson.

With this list in tow, you will find the perfect kitchen cabinets for your home. Do you need to replace more than just the cabinets and drawers in your kitchen? Visit Valor Home Services online to speak with one of our specialists and get a stress-free kitchen upgrade!