raised or flat panel kitchen cabinets?

KateB22November 22, 2013

Building a new house. Trying to choose between flat panel or raised panel kitchen cabinets. They will be white.
Any thoughts to help?

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karen.ohio

I am all for not dusting in nooks and crannies anymore!

Karen

Shaker or flat panel

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 10:00PM
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WhiskyWoman

I agree with karen.ohio 100%, if you do go with a shaker or craftsman style they have some visual depth but not 99 nooks and crannies on each door or drawer to dust or try to get kitchen spooge out of. Flat panel is always nice too.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 10:36PM
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jakuvall

I bake a bit and flour collects along the edge of my flat panel doors. Very challenging to remove. Talked with someone last week looking to switch- "tired of getting in there with Q tips"
There are raised panels with a smooth profile whcih "may" be easier to deal with. No nooks and crannies and deflect spooge from the groove at the bottom-maybe.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2013 at 7:32AM
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ontariomom

This is a relevant discussion for us as well. We found with our sort of Shaker style (with arched tops) builder special doors, there was dusting to do on the doors too. Jakuvall,
can you please post a picture of this raised panel/smooth profile door?

Carol

    Bookmark   November 23, 2013 at 4:14PM
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jakuvall

Have a dwg. of one

    Bookmark   November 23, 2013 at 4:44PM
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ontariomom

Thanks Jakuvall!

Carol

    Bookmark   November 23, 2013 at 5:34PM
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karen.ohio

I picked Shaker flat panel doors with a beveled edge. I am hoping this eliminates most dust collection.

Karen

    Bookmark   November 23, 2013 at 6:50PM
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angela12345

Just a personal preference ... I think raised panel look nicer/more expensive

    Bookmark   November 23, 2013 at 7:02PM
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bookworm4321

It depends on the look you are going for. I think raised is more traditional. When I mentioned I wanted a more transitional look, to match my house, 2 KDs suggested a version of Shaker.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 7:25AM
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jakuvall

Here is foto -mini base out in workshop, has the cove panel raise with square framing.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 7:39AM
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ontariomom

Jakuvall,

That was the exact door style we were leaning towards. Thanks very much for posting the photo and diagram.

To anyone who has the style posted by Jakuvall above in use does the raised panel deflect some kitchen mess and dust at all?

Carol

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 10:15AM
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may_flowers

I have the beveled edge Shaker and can confirm that you don't have to clean the corners. I also used the flat panel drawer fronts on all drawers under 8", just like the Shakers did. I have two 4-drawer stacks where the top three drawers are flat. I have natural cherry and love the grain of the cherry on the flat panels.

In the photo Jakuvall posted, there are still sharp corners to clean. It looks too formal and library-ish for a modern kitchen.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 11:26AM
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