If you are thinking about replacing your cabinet doors here are a few tips than can make the process go more smoothly and save money too.
The first decision is whether you intend to re-use your existing hinges or upgrade to newer style canceled hinges.
If you are reusing your existing hinges the sizing of your new doors is easy. Simply measure your existing doors and order new doors of the same sizes.
If you plan to use concealed hinges (with 1/2-inch overlay) measure the cabinet opening size instead of the doors.
Hinges designed for 1/2-inch overlay (the most common) require doors to “overlay” the cabinet opening by 1/2-inch in each direction. That means the door will be 1-inch larger than the cabinet opening in both width and height.
For cabinets with “butt doors”, that is cabinet openings that have two doors butting against each other, the door size calculation is different.
For the door height, the calculation is the same as for single door cabinet openings: simply measure the opening height and add 1-inch. Door width for 2-door cabinet openings are calculated by measure the opening width, adding 1-inch, then dividing by 2. This will give the size for each door. The concealed hinge has an adjustment of about 1/16-inch so the doors will close without touching. Some cabinet makers want slightly more door spacing and will subtract an additional 1/16-inch from the door width calculation.
The next step is to decide on the style of door you want to install.
The modern choices are between the traditional Cope & Stick style and the newer Mitered style.
Both door styles come in dozens of designs and both styles are reliable and dependable in all climates across the United States.
A complete listing of all available cabinet doors can be seen here for Cope & Stick, and here for Mitered Cabinet Doors.