Choosing cabinet doors for your bespoke kitchen: what’s the difference?

As cabinet makers, we are very familiar with the different styles of doors a kitchen can have – from traditional shaker to heritage style – but this can often be a new world of learning for someone looking to create their perfect bespoke kitchen.

And so, here, we explain what makes each style unique to help you decide on cabinet doors when creating your dream kitchen.

Shaker style cabinet doors

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Shaker style doors get their name from the 18th century religious group, the Shakers, who were known for their skilled furniture making. The designs were simple, durable and understated.

In terms of the aesthetics, shaker style doors encompass a flat panel centre with four square edges. These can be partnered with a more modern interior, accompanying flat panel drawers, or can sit well with traditional kitchen designs.

In fact, shaker style went on to inspire generations of Scandinavian designers so can work very well in those types of interiors also.

The depth of the square edge can be minimised or maximised to add a different slant to the design while colour gives you the opportunity to create stylish designs and add personalise your shaker style kitchen.

Our shaker style kitchen doors are made from tulip wood teamed with dovetail and mortise and tenon joints. They are hard-wearing and last for years to come.

Flat panel cabinet doors

Flat panel doors are best suited to contemporary and modern kitchens.

These tend to be much easier to clean than other styles and are usually more affordable than other kitchen cabinet door styles due to their simplicity.

Flat panel cabinet doors, especially when handle-less, create a minimalist and understated interior.



Heritage style cabinet doors

Heritage style doors can be thought of as shaker style’s more ornate cousin!

Following a similar pattern to shaker style but adding more decorative detail inside the panel, heritage style gives great interest to any room in the house, not just the kitchen.

Although heritage style cabinet doors are far more traditional, many interiors teaming these with industrial style to create a more contemporary feel.


West Sussex kitchen cabinet makers

We are master craftsmen in wood, with woodwork running in the family for three generations. We start with a blank canvas – no themes, predetermined materials or previously used designs – just a space and your needs.  We create handcrafted, bespoke kitchen cabinets and cabinet doors in West Sussex and the South East.

For more information, call a member of our friendly team on +44 (0) 1903 416960 or email us on

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