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Cabinetry Glossary

We decided to list some basic terminology below to help you educate yourself on the world of cabinetry. When it comes to understanding all things cabinetry it’s important to familiarizing yourself with these common cabinetry terms. 

Adjustable Kitchen Cabinet ShelvesAdjustable Shelves
Moving shelves that can be used in a variety of different layouts by inserting shelf pins into pre-drilled holes.

Angled Corner Cabinet
Cabinet that is designed to be placed on an end upper or lower cabinet with a fixed angle.

Base Cabinet
Designed to be installed on the floor. Base cabinets do not have tops.

Beveled Finger-Tip Door Pulls
Created by removing a portion of material from the door, which creates a groove used to open cabinet.

Butt Doors
A set of cabinet doors that almost meet to cover a single opening without a center stile.

Close Grain
Wood with closely arranged fibers like maple.

Concealed Hinge
A hinge in a cabinet that is not visible from the outside.

Crown Molding
Molding applied to tops of kitchen cabinets

Dentil Molding
Tooth-like design used on trim molding.

Drawer Front
Front panel of a drawer which resembles the door profile.

End Panel
Any panel that is used to form the side of a cabinet.

Flat Panel
Recessed center panel used in door or drawer designs.

Framed Cabinet
A traditional cabinet box where the box is built behind a structure to which the doors and drawers are attached.

Full Overlay
Doors and drawers are created in a large enough size to cover the whole cabinet face.

Grain Variation
The natural appearance of the wood’s random grain pattern.

Device that is used to attach a door to cabinet box. 

Term used to describe when two pieces are attached.

Kitchen Cabinet HardwareKnob
An item attached to doors or drawers for opening functionality and decoration.

Lazy Susan
A rotational kitchen-based cabinet used to create easy access in cabinets. 

A joint made by two beveled surfaces that come together to form an angle. 

Mullion Doors
A cabinet style that resembles windowpanes through dividers in glass panes.

Open Grain
A porous wood with a coarse texture such as oak. 

Wood veneer that is connected by adhesive forming panels of a variety of thicknesses.

Used to attach to doors for function or decoration, often in a crescent shape.

A horizontal piece of a door or frame that is located between the stiles. 

The part of the cabinet face frame that is exposed when door is closed. 

Shelf Pins
Metal or plastic pieces that the shelf is situated upon. 

Stained Kitchen CabinetsStain
Applied to wood to create an enhanced color and add protection. 

Vertical member of the door or the frame that extends the whole height. 

Toe Kick
A recessed area at the bottom of base cabinets that is usually 4” high and 3” deep. 

Traditional Overlay
A cabinet door style that allows a part of the face frame to stay revealed.

Often used above sinks as a decorative hardwood panel. 

Wall Cabinet
Any cabinet designed to be installed at or above eye level.

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