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Raised Panel Cabinets

Raised Panel Cabinets: What You Need To Know

As a brand and business that is passionate about cabinets (it’s in our name), we love getting into the specifics and details about cabinetry. It’s something that we could easily talk about all day, and even blog about, say, five times a month? Sincerely, though, among the cabinet topics that we have been talking about recently are raised panel cabinets.

They are always in style, and seem to never leave the list of annual cabinet trends, and for good reason! If you’re in the market for a new kitchen or thinking about redesigning your cabinetry, whether in your kitchen or elsewhere, it’s a good idea to consider raised panel cabinets. From what they are to when they were popularized (and why), to their costs, benefits, and more, here’s what you need to know about them:

The What

What exactly are raised panel cabinets? They’re named after the ornamental raised center panel in the middle of the cabinet door. The raised panel, which can come in a variety of different designs, is often a little higher than or protrudes out slightly more than the surrounding wood and slopes backward to the edges. They are considered a more formal design and often used more in traditional-style kitchens. 

The Why

They gained popularity in the early 1900s when the traditional kitchen design came about, and became a lasting kitchen design trend. Not only are raised panel cabinets an option for those looking to go for more of a traditional design, but lesser known reason to go raised panel includes that they add depth and dimension to any room by how they accentuate the light and shadow areas of cabinet doors!


Like any cabinet preference, the cost of your raised panel cabinets will depend on what they’re made out of, how they’re manufactured, and whether or not they’re customized (i.e. specific designs, carvings, finishes, etc). However, they are often cheaper to install, because the installation process is the same for both framed and frameless versions. The savings from installation and labor will come in handy, because raised panel may run you slightly more than other cabinet styles, such as shaker cabinets!

Advantages of Raised Panel Cabinets

One of the main advantages of them when compared to other cabinet designs and styles is their ease of maintenance. In other words, they’re easier to clean than most other cabinets, especially cabinets that are intricately carved. 

Another advantage of raised panel cabinets is multifaceted, in that they have a timeless appearance while also coming in many different styles. They are considered timeless because they blend well with many different kitchen design types, such as traditional, rustic, classic, and more eclectic designs. Also, they can be manufactured as particle board or fiberboard, as well as hardwood of any kind, such as maple, cherry or oak.

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