Kitchen Cabinetry Door Options

chamfered door with aluminum

Kitchen cabinetry doors have come along way since the flat panel front with a handle of your choice! The technology has changed so dramatically in the last few years, choosing an emerging door option is a real way to add the wow factor to your new kitchen.


Generally when we talk about kitchen cabinetry, we are talking about three elements: carcasses, hardware and door fronts. There is always a price and quality range for all of these elements however because the technology is advancing so quickly, it is amazing how affordable a unique and beautiful door option has become.


At Retreat Design we have a mired of kitchen cabinetry door options available to meet every aesthetic, budget and functional requirement.


Kitchen Cabinetry Door Options

Generally we talk about door fronts falling into six different categories:

  • Flat panel with recessed carcass
  • L shape profile on top door edge
  • Chamfered profile on top door edge
  • Chamfered profile with aluminum built in strip
  • Flat panel with recessed handle
  • Flat panel with extruding handle


Flat Panel with recessed carcass

This is our entry level kitchen cabinetry door finish and comprises of a flat door front in your choice of finish with a recessed carcass. The recessed carcass means you get a streamlined hande-less door finish. The overall look is clean and simple, the price point is really affordable and you can have this kitchen cabinetry door option with just about any finish: lacquer, wood veneer, Fenix ©….

Flat panel door

Flat panel door

L Shaped Aluminum Profile

Another handle-less option is using a strip of L shaped aluminum running the length of the top edge of the door front. Using an aluminum strip strengthens the top edge of the door front and protects it from knocks whilst also providing a unique and modern aesthetic. The aluminum comes in either  white, burnished black or natural finish.

L shape

L shape

Chamfered Profile

Cutting the top door edge at a 30 degree or 45 degree angle provides an instant finger pull on a kitchen cabinetry door. This is an easy way to get a handle-less streamlined finish whilst still being able to access the full range of door finishes from laminate to wood.


Using laser edged laminate with a chamfered top edge is a really affordable way to get a modern kitchen cabinetry finish without compromising on quality. At Retreat Design all our laminate doors are cut using laser technology which means a high efficiency laser is used to join the edges between the door face and the door edge resulting in a virtually invisible seam along the door edges. This is a much more refined looked than traditional ABS using glue and a knife!


Chamfered Profile with Aluminum Strip

To strengthen the top edge of a chamfered door front, we can include an invisible aluminum profile that runs the length of the door edge. This means you get the simple clean lines of a finger pull door whilst also the piece of mind that your doors will stand up to knocks and heavy items dropping on them.

chamfered door

chamfered door

Flat Panel with Recessed Strip

Another finger pull option is to have a flat panel door with the handle recessed into the door front. So you get a handle on the front on your kitchen cabinetry door with a streamlined finish.

recessed handle

recessed handle

Flat Panel with Extruding Handle

The options for handles are endless! At Retreat Design we can offer you a great quality flat panel door in pretty much any finish with the handles then picked and sourced either by one of our designers or you.

kitchen cabinetry

kitchen cabinetry

Regarding the door fronts, at Retreat Design we have a really wide range of finishes to cater to pretty much any design and budget, you can choose from:

  • Laminate,
  • Lacquered,
  • Oxidized lacquer,
  • Fenix,
  • Wood veneer,
  • Solid wood,
  • Glass,
  • Porcelain… you name it we can probably source it!


The benefit of engaging Retreat Design for your next cabinetry project is that provide a local cabinet maker service but with benefits! We provide cabinetry with access to cutting edge European design and technology. Come in and chat to one of our experienced designers today about your next kitchen cabinetry project!


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