Lee Turner: Cabinet Door Profiles

Lee Turner - Kitchen Views at National Lumber, Newton, MA

Lee Turner - Kitchen Views at National Lumber, Newton, MA

Since award-winning designer Lee Turner claims she learned her craft “on the job,” she must be a very good student. With over 30 years in sales and over 25 years in kitchen design, Lee’s work has won EM-NARI CotY awards.

In 2005, a kitchen she designed for The Wiese Company won an EM-NARI CotY award for “Best Kitchen Remodel.” In 2007, Lee designed the kitchen and baths in the home that won the EM-NARI CotY award for “Best Whole House Remodel.”

You can view her profile and portfolio on the Kitchen Views website.


Simple, contemporary or modern are some terms used to refer to this sleek clean line style. The door looks like a flat piece of material whether wood, metal, laminate, thermofoil or other type of material. The door may have a four sided square profile and/or rounded or beveled profile along two vertical or horizontal edges or all four. Most manufactures offer wood slab doors in veneer only but a few still cabinet lines offer a solid wood door. Veneer is popular because it is not as affected by climate conditions. Wood panels swell and shrink as the humidity in the home changes with the seasons. This profile is generally available in full overlay or frameless cabinets.

Raised Panel
The door frame always consists of solid wood with either mortise and tenon or miter construction. The raised panel, which may be either solid wood or veneer is usually between 1/2″ and 3/4″ thick and has a profile milled into it. The panel, which is available on overlay, inset and frameless cabinets, tends to be more traditional or formal but different wood types, stains and paint finishes provide many options to make this a versatile style.

Recessed Panel
The door frame is the same construction as a raised panel but the center panel is flat. The panel is either ¼” plywood veneer flat or 5/8 reversed raised panel (i.e. the panel is flipped to face the inside of the cabinet).  The panel again may be veneer or solid wood.  It looks more like a picture frame and is generally used in a transitional, country, or arts and crafts kitchen. There has been a movement in recent years to add more and more detail to the door frame to enhance the style and give it greater appeal to traditional and formal kitchens.

Choose a style that reflects you and your personal style.

Lee Turner
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St.
Newton, MA 02461

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