Cabinet Door Measuring Guide

Here is a guide on how to get the proper measurements for cabinet doors with an overlay:

  1. Measure the opening. The first step is to measure the opening where the cabinet door will be installed. Measure the width and height of the opening. Measure at several different points to ensure that it is square.
  2. Add an overlay. The overlay is the amount of space that the door will overlap the frame. The standard overlay is ½ inch, but you may need to adjust this depending on the style of the cabinet door and the desired look.
 

Here is an example of how to calculate the proper measurements for a cabinet door:

  • The opening is 30 inches wide and 36 inches high.
  • The overlay is ½ inch.
  • The total width of the door would be: 30 inches + ½ inch left overlay + ½ inch right overlay = 31 inches.
  • The total height of the door would be: 36 inches + ½ inch top overlay + ½ inch bottom overlay = 37 inches.

If your cabinet opening is wide enough that you prefer a double door (two doors side by side), you would measure the opening like normal, including the addition of a total of one inch for the width and height overlay, then you would divide the width measurement by two to determine the width of each of your two doors. The height measurement would remain the same. For a width measurement  example:

  • The total width would be: 30 inches + ½ inch left overlay + ½ inch right overlay = 31 inches divided by two = 15 ½ inch width for each of the two doors.

Choosing the Right Wood for Cabinets

When choosing wood for cabinet doors, there are a few factors to consider, such as the color, the grain, the durability, and the cost. The best wood for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

Here is a brief overview of the wood species we have available:

Birch is a hardwood that has a pleasing light color in our Select grade. Birch is a good choice for painted cabinets, as it takes paint well. We offer three grades of birch.

   Rustic: knotty wood with natural color variation

   Natural: some mineral streaks and color variation

   Select: no knots, uniform color, well matched wood. Recommended if using light stain.

Red Oak is another hardwood that is popular for cabinet doors. It has a distinct grain pattern. Red oak is a good choice for cabinet doors in high-traffic areas. The slight reddish tint of red oak can add warmth and character to a kitchen. Because of its pitted cellular structure, red oak can be painted while allowing the pattern of the grain texture to show through. We offer three grades of red oak.

   Rustic: knotty wood with natural color variation

   Natural: some mineral streaks and color variation

   Select: no knots, uniform color, well matched wood

Cherry is a hardwood known for its rich warm color and fine grain. Cherry is a good choice for traditional or transitional style kitchens. The rich color of cherry can make a kitchen look elegant. We offer a Budget Cherry that has extra color variation, no knots, and is not recommended for light colored stain. We also offer three grades of standard cherry.

   Rustic: knotty wood with natural color variation, some sapwood

   Natural: some mineral streaks, color variation, and sapwood

   Select: no knots, no sapwood, well matched wood

Hickory is a hardwood that is known for its mix of light and dark brown color. The color variation of hickory can add a touch of sophistication to a kitchen. We offer a Budget Hickory that is a very good quality, mostly white hickory with less light/dark variation than standard hickory. All white wood is available upon request at no extra charge. We offer three grades of standard hickory.

   Rustic: natural color variation, knotty wood with some open knots and worm holes

   Natural: some small mineral streaks and pin knots, natural color variation

   Select: pleasing color matching of heartwood and sapwood

Sugar Maple is also known as hard maple. It is a very hard wood. It is known for its light color in our Select grade which can make a kitchen look bright and airy. Our natural and rustic grades could have a mixture of light and darker brown color. We offer three grades of sugar maple.

   Rustic: knotty wood with natural color variation

   Natural: some mineral streaks and color variation

   Select: no knots, uniform color, well matched wood

Pine is a softwood that is known for its light color. The light color of pine can make a kitchen look bright and airy. We offer two grades of pine.

   Rustic: knotty wood with natural color variation

   Select: no knots, uniform color, well matched wood

Walnut is a hardwood that is known for its rich, dark brown color and wavy grain.  Walnut is a good choice for traditional or transitional style kitchens. The rich color of walnut can make a kitchen look elegant and sophisticated. We offer three grades of walnut.

   Rustic: some knots and natural blemish

   Natural: some color variation

   Select: no knots, more uniform color, well matched wood

Paint Grade is a term used to describe wood that is suitable for painting. This type of wood is typically Birch, Maple, or Cherry. Paint grade wood is less expensive since it is not color and wood grain matched. Paint grade wood is a good choice for painted cabinets, as it takes paint well. We offer three grades of paint grade.

   Natural: mixed hardwood – Birch, Maple, or Cherry

   MDF Panel: MDF has superior resistance to warping, expansion, and contraction

   Maple: only Maple wood used

Quarter Sawn White Oak is a type of oak that has been cut so that the grain runs perpendicular to the face of the wood. This results in a distinctive look that is characterized by wide, wavy stripes. Quarter sawn white oak is a popular choice for cabinet doors because it is both strong and beautiful. The wide, wavy stripes of quarter sawn white oak can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to a kitchen. White oak is characterized by a slightly cooler color tone. It has more of a grey tone instead of the stronger yellow and red tones of many other species. We offer two grades of quarter sawn white oak.

   Natural: some small pin knots and some flecking

   More Flecking: wood hand picked for more pronounced flecking

Quarter Sawn Red Oak is similar to quarter sawn white oak, but it has a darker, warmer color. Quarter sawn red oak is also a popular choice for cabinet doors, and it can be stained to match any décor. We offer two grades of quarter sawn red oak.

   Natural: some small pin knots and some flecking

   More Flecking: wood hand picked for more pronounced flecking

Ash is a hardwood that is known for its strength and durability. It has a light brown color. Ash is a good choice for cabinet doors in high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen or bathroom. We offer two grades of ash.

   Natural: some mineral streaks and color variation

   Select: no knots, uniform color, well matched wood

Red Leaf Maple is similar to hard sugar maple but is a somewhat softer maple and is in some ways more durable since it’s not as brittle. It also absorbs stain better which is especially helpful when dark stains are used. We offer three grades of red leaf maple.

   Rustic: knotty wood with natural color variation

   Natural: some mineral streaks and color variation

   Select: no knots, uniform color, well matched wood

Butternut is a hardwood. It has normal natural color variation. We offer one grade of butternut.

   Natural: some mineral streaks and color variation

Lyptus is a hardwood that is comparable to Maple and has a reddish hue. Our lyptus comes from Eucalyptus trees in South America. We offer one grade of lyptus.

   Natural: some mineral streaks and color variation

Alder is somewhat softer than other hardwoods. We offer two grades of Alder.

   Rustic: knotty wood with natural color variation

   Select: no knots, uniform color, well matched wood

Note: wood appearances vary for each door.

Hinge Drilling Specs

Hinge drilling (optional)

  • Depth: 7/16″
  • Centered distance from top edge and bottom edge: 3″
  • Distance from side edge: 1/8″
  • Width of hole: 35mm
  • two pilot holes drilled for screws per hinge


Door specs

  • Thickness: 3/4″
  • Frame width: 2 1/4″  or optional 3″ (call for other sizes)
  • All doors are belt sanded and hand sanded