Cabinet Design

Regardless of the styles of drawer and door faces, cabinets can be constructed in a number of generic types and with myriad materials. These links will explain both construction types and surface nomenclature.

Construction Types

Cabinets can be constructed as flush overlay, reveal overlay and exposed face frame. This link will explore the differences between the three.


Distinguishing between different surfaces of a cabinet are required in order to specify material properly. This link will explain the difference surfaces which comprise a cabinet.

Grain Matching and Direction

Describes the differences in matching requirements for three standards - Premium, Custom, and Economy.


Describes the four most common hinge types in use today for cabinet doors.