Basic Cabinet Terms
There are four components to a cabinet: the Box, the Shelves, the Drawers, and the Door. The term Box includes everything but the Door on your cabinets. The Box is the sturdy outer part that supports the shelves and/or drawers. It is composed of the top, bottom, back, side/end panels, and a toe kick. The Box’s front will be frameless and supported at the top or have a face frame. Frameless or Euro-Style cabinets offer many advantages, including clear access for storage and a much more modern look. We’ve explained these two terms a little more on this page – Face frame vs. Frameless Cabinets – What is the Difference, and Should I Care?
The interior of the Box can include shelves, pull-out drawers, and/or drawers. Shelves can be either fixed or adjustable. Drawer parts include the drawer box and drawer face, and a glide system. Drawers can also be interior slide-out drawers. The photo shows both.
The Door attaches to the Box’s front and is the part of your cabinet that will set your kitchen’s style. The Door parts include the center panel, stiles (vertical pieces), and rails (horizontal pieces).