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What are Mitered Cabinet Doors?

You have probably seen mitered cabinet doors without knowing what they are called. Mitered is one of the most popular cabinet door styles of all time, and you can find them in almost every kind of kitchen and bathroom. Just because this style is popular, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right one for you. Explore this quick guide to mitered cabinet doors before you settle on this style.

What’s the Definition of Mitered Cabinet Doors?

First, you need to understand the difference between slab doors and five-piece doors. Slab doors are simply several boards glued side by side of each other and trimmed around the edges. These are considered the most basic doors on the market and are mostly appealing because of their budget prices. However, they’re less appealing in terms of looks, and due to intolerance towards seasonal changes they have a tendency to warp.

Five-piece doors are considered much nicer thanks to their upgraded look, feel, and function. Each door is made of five pieces of wood – four pieces of frame surrounding one piece of paneling. How the pieces of the frame are joined (stuck together) determines whether the door is mitered or not. If the joint is at a 45-degree angle, the door qualifies as mitered. If the joint angle is 90 degrees, it’s known as a “cope and stick.” The easiest way to tell the difference is simply to look at the corner of a cabinet door. Do the boards join at an angle (mitered) or sit perpendicular to each other (cope and stick)?

What Door Styles Can Be Mitered?

The term mitered cabinet doors only refers to the joining method and says nothing about the style of the doors. Mitered doors come in many different styles from classic to contemporary. They can also be cut to whatever size you want and finished with the stain or paint of your choosing. Truly, you can make mitered doors looks just about any way you want.

That being said, mitered doors are often more ornate than other kinds of doors. Mitered joints make it easier to achieve precise spacing and fine details in the design of the door when compared to cope and stick doors. Mitered doors don’t necessarily have to be fancy, but if this is the look you’re going for, you will probably want to consider mitered doors first.

What are the Advantages of Mitered Doors?

For all intents and purposes, mitered doors have the same functional advantages as cope and stick. Both methods deliver solid construction, long-term performance, and the ability to adapt to changes in humidity. From a performance standpoint, either option is going to meet every expectation.

The real advantages have to do with aesthetics. Some people prefer the look of mitered doors because they believe the joint is more subtle and the overall design looks cleaner – but this is personal preference. More importantly, mitered doors offer a greater selection. They come in hundreds of different styles, whereas cope and stick doors come in dozens. If you’re looking to match the look of your current doors or  transform the look completely, mitered doors give you the most variety to work with.

What are the Disadvantages of Mitered Doors?

It used to be the case that mitered cabinet doors were less durable than some of the alternatives. The 45-degree angle of the joints made it harder to keep two boards in perfect alignment, especially as the cabinet doors aged. Mitered doors were still a popular choice, but they’re not seen as the perfect choice.

Thanks to modern, computerized woodworking technologies, mitered joints are now incredibly strong and sturdy.  Any concerns about durability or longevity have been eliminated. Today’s mitered joints incorporate what’s known as a “Blind Mortise and Tenon” joint that tightly binds the frame boards while making them more resistant to humidity. Computerized machinery also ensures these joints are precise and consistent. Thanks to this technique, there are really no practical disadvantages to mitered cabinet doors.

When Should You Choose Mitered Doors?

Most of the time you can’t even tell you’re looking at mitered doors unless you’re up close staring at the joints. Picking this door option still gives you almost limitless design potential in terms of the style, size, color, and overall aesthetic.

The only limitation is that mitered cabinet doors are not available with arched designs on the door panel. Only straight edges are available to ensure the joint is as strong as possible. The only reason not to consider mitered doors is if you love the look of arched door panels. In that case, there are still plenty of choices available.

Why Work With

Our advanced woodworking production facility features the equipment and expertise to make superior mitered cabinet doors sized to your specifications. The combination of quality materials and computer-aided craftsmanship ensures that each door exceeds expectations. If you have any questions about replacing your current cabinet doors, please contact our team.