All About Kitchen Cabinets: Storage and Door Styles

All About Kitchen Cabinets: Storage and Door Styles

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Mar 30, 2017
Why you should care

Looking for a custom cabinet design for your kitchen but don’t know where to start? Start here.

Raise your hands if you want custom kitchen cabinets but you don’t know where to start.

So you’ve been sold on the benefits of custom built-in cabinets, but with the cabinetry world as your oyster, it can be hard to make decisions on type and style.

This article explores the different storage types and door styles to give you a better idea of your options.

Storage Needs

Think about how you use your kitchen, or better yet examine it for its contents. What are you looking to store, and how would you like them stored? Then look at ratios – how much of your storage needs can be attributed to dry foods, pots and pans, and cutleries?

Reflect on your current kitchen and what you wish it could have more of – more space for cereal boxes, a secret compartment for food waste, or a railing for your pans and knives? Once you’ve answered those questions, you can explore your storage options:


Regular ones are suitable for shallow storage – think cutleries, kitchen tools, and towels. You can also custom make deeper drawers for bigger items like pots and less often used appliances. Consider also customisation for narrow or corner drawers for trays, spices, and more!

Kitchen drawer plate


Kitchen spices drawer

SOURCE: Kitchen-dé

Instead of adding on cutlery organisers, you can have slots built in to organise smaller items.

Kitchen drawer cutlery



Cabinets are good for larger items or items in larger quantities. A cabinet with multiple shelves can store all your bowls and plates by type. Consider your usage when determining if you want high cabinets (for things you don’t use often or things that are better kept out of reach from children) or low cabinets.

Grey kitchen cabinet


These can also be customised to store specific items.

Display Units

Got pretty plates and glasses to store? Put them in display units with glass doors so you can store and show them off at the same time!

Glass cabinets kitchen


For an even more trendy look, do away with the glass and opt for doorless cabinets. Bonus points for ventilation and easy access.

contemporary kitchen


Floating Shelves

Speaking of trendy, these ones are all over Instagram and Pinterest. Their rustic design adds a nice touch to your kitchen’s aesthetics.

Floating shelves kitchen



Once you’ve selected your storage type, it’s time to think about the doors. Since cabinets are a major part of a kitchen, and doors determine how they look, it’s important to take time to weigh out your options.


Shaker doors are minimalistic doors with a recessed four-sided centre. This is a popular door design due to its classic, unfussy look.

Kitchen cabinet grey



Flat doors are exactly what they sound like. This design allows for great variety in terms of materials, colour, and style. What’s more, this door style is budget-friendly!


These doors feature horizontal strips of wood, allowing ventilation for the contents of your cabinet.

Kitchen louver cabinets



Inset doors are the priciest, because unlike other doors, they are built to fit into the frame of the cabinet, so the door isn’t an extra piece covering the cabinet. As a result, the hinges are exposed.

Inset kitchen cabinets

SOURCE: Twitter user crwnptcabinetry


Exuding cottage charm, these doors feature horizontal lines. If you’re a subscriber of this style, good news, cottage chic is back in trend.

Beadboard kitchen island


Chicken Wire

It doesn’t get more rustic or charming than chicken wire. Add it to contemporary cabinet styles for a nice contrast.

 Chicken wire cabinet


Not sure which cabinet style suits your home? Get in touch with Malaysian interior designers.
You can also check out other local interior design portfolios.

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Why you should care

Looking for a custom cabinet design for your kitchen but don’t know where to start? Start here.

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