Adding Glass to Your Kitchen Cabinets – What You Need to Know

The cabinets are, essentially, the “furniture” of your kitchen. They are also the first things you see when walking into any kitchen (in most cases) – big or small. If you want to ensure that you express your preferred design style, then you may want to think about adding glass to the doors of your custom cabinets.

Between the wide array of design styles for cabinetry doors that’s available, along with the various glass types available, you will be able to easily find a combination that provides the personalized look you want and need.

Common Objections to Glass in Cabinet Doors

One of the most common objections to glass in cabinet doors is that it’s impossible to keep the interior contents of the cabinets organized and clean. This really shouldn’t be an issue, as it’s easy to stack both dishes and glasses neatly. While adding a glass door may not make sense for your broom closet or pantry, they are a great design addition to your kitchen cabinets.

Choosing the Style that’s Right for You

There are more than a few glass door design styles available. Single openings are ideal for Shaker style doors, while mullions offer a more traditional style. If you choose this option, make sure the shelves align with the mullions, without limiting the shelf space by adding too many mullions. If this happens, you may not be able to fit taller items inside. Some of the other popular design styles being used today include arched mullions, prairie style mullions, cross shaped mullions and double arched mullions.

Glass Types to Consider

The glass options are virtually endless. Some of the most popular include chicken wire, opaque, seedy, antique (this looks like hand blown glass), geometric and colored. If you have a kitchen with a more contemporary style, the frosted glass may work – especially if the interior of your cabinets is white. This minimizes the view of the interior of the cabinet.

Leaded glass doors are also able to be made to match the details of your home. Reeded glass, which is glass with uniform ridges, is able to be installed vertically or horizontally depending on the other design elements that are present. You can also add lattice for a more “old-fashioned” look.

Additional Factors to Keep in Mind

Some of the other factors you need to keep in mind when adding glass to your kitchen cabinets include:

  • If you plan to purchase light cabinetry interior, be sure you purchase glass shelves with finished edges.
  • Glass doors can also be used for your base cabinets, such as at the end of your island. However, make sure to only use tempered safety glass for these locations.
  • The glass frames are typically held in the door frames by clear silicone caulking or retainer clips. Each of these methods work well, but the most effective option to prevent glass rattling is caulking.
  • If you have cabinetry with 180 degree or soft hinges, then be aware that you may be able to see them through your glass.

As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to adding glass to your kitchen cabinets. And, it can be a nice addition to any style home. Learn more about this by contacting the professionals.

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