TYPES OF MOLDINGS FOR CABINETS

Crown Molding

Crown molding is a decorative molding applied to the top of the cabinets. All Cabinets.com cabinets are full overlay, so the crown must be installed on top of the cabinet frame, secured with blocking from behind. Crown comes in various styles and sizes, to accommodate any design style and ceiling height.

Light Rail Molding

Light rail molding is a decorative molding applied to the bottom frame of wall cabinets. It functions as a way to conceal under cabinet lighting. Light rail molding comes in a variety of heights, and styles. The most commonly used height is ¾-inch. Light rail molding can also be used in various places to hide seams of two stacked cabinets or even to conceal a measurement that doesn’t line up with the adjacent cabinetry.
Base Molding

Base molding is decorative molding used in various ways. The most common use for base molding is completing the look of an island or peninsula to avoid having just a panel sitting flat on the ground. Base molding will give an island a more ‘furniture like’ feel. This type of molding is great to apply on all sides and flush to the toe space to create one continuous piece.

Base molding can also be used as a way to create a ‘table ledge’ between base cabinets or decorative posts. It is installed upside down so that the profile edge is facing down. This creates a decorative look, while also adding more support for your countertop overhang.

Base molding is sometimes used as a way to create a ‘rise’ for crown molding in order to bring it flush to the ceiling.

Fillers

Fillers function in many ways, fill any leftover gap in a run of cabinets, where the cabinets do not fit exactly. They can be used horizontally or vertically. Fillers are also used as way to space doors and drawers from walls, appliances, or any other obstruction, that would otherwise inhibit them from fully functioning. Fillers are sold in 3″ and 6″ widths, and various heights. They need to be field cut to the specific size you are trying to fill.

Toe Kick Molding

Toe kick molding is thin, flat piece of molding applied to the recessed toe space of adjoining cabinets on a wall. It is sold in 96″ lengths that you cut to fit to your installed run of cabinetry.

Scribe

Scribe molding can be used a number of places to cover any gap where a cabinet meets a wall, whether vertical or horizontal. It is also used to cover the cut ends of toe kick molding. Scribe can be used any place you need to cut an edge and don’t want an unfinished edge revealed. The standard height for scribe is ¾-inch. It has a straight edge on one side, which is usually placed flush against the wall. The other, bottom side curves to meet the cabinet.

Outside Corner Molding

Outside corner molding is a trim molding applied anywhere where there is an exposed raw corner edge. It is most commonly used on the back corner of an island or a peninsula where a finished panel is cut to length and applied to the run of cabinets.

Inside Corner Molding

Inside corner molding is a trim molding applied where two panels join on an inside corner. It is typically used on an island or peninsula where there is a varied depth creating an inside corner.

Skin Panels

A skin panel is a finished panel that is placed against the end of a visible unfinished cabinet side. It fits flush behind the face frame of the cabinet.

Starter/Riser Molding

Many designs are finished with crown molding installed flush to the ceiling. Since ceiling heights are variable, and the crown is rarely the exact height you need, a starter or riser molding is ideal to achieve a smooth transition. The starter or riser molding can be anywhere from 3″- 6″ in height, and sold in 8′ pieces.

The starter or riser molding is applied to the top frame of the cabinets before the crown molding is installed. The benefit of using starter molding is the flexibility to disguise uneven ceiling height. When a specific starter molding is not available in a collection a 3″ or 6″ x 96″ horizontal filler is also an option.

What to Check for When Buying Your Glass Door Cabinets

  1. Do the cabinets come with the glass from the manufacturer? Or do they come prepared for glass from the manufacturer and then you have to buy your own glass?
  2. Make sure that the cabinet interior is finished the same color that the door is finished, so that you can see through the glass and it matches the door.

INSTALLING GLASS IN CABINET DOORS

What to Check for When Buying Your Glass Door Cabinets

  1. Do the cabinets come with the glass from the manufacturer? Or do they come prepared for glass from the manufacturer and then you have to buy your own glass?
  2. Make sure that the cabinet interior is finished the same color that the door is finished, so that you can see through the glass and it matches the door.

Why Wouldn’t Manufacturers Include Glass?

Typically, kitchen cabinet companies do not include the glass. The main reason is because there are thousands of different styles of glass now that people are interested in using for their kitchen.

Common choices are frosted glass, glass with etched designs, glass with stainless steel inserts, glass with copper inserts, and other combinations of inserts and styles. Clear glass isn’t used as frequently as it used to, so a lot of companies do not include the glass with the cabinets.

Installing Glass into Cabinet Doors

Installing glass into the cabinet door can be accomplished in many different ways.

Often the back of the cabinet door will have small carve spots where you can attach tiny clips that screw into the style and rail of the door. The clips pin the back of the glass to the cabinet door. This is becoming a little less common.

Many installers now just use a clear silicone to bead the outside of edge of the glass on the back of the door.

The advantage of beading with a clear silicone is that it helps keep the glass from rattling.

The disadvantage of the traditional style clips is when you shut the door, the glass is not as tight as it should be and the glass rattles. The glass could potentially break as well.

CABINET CARE

New cabinets for your kitchen or bath can be a big investment and you want to keep them looking great for many years to come!  There are some very simple things you can do to maintain their appearance.  Just like any other type of furniture, the cabinets should be dusted and/or vacuumed regularly to remove any dust particles that have accumulated. When dusting, we recommend using a polish-moistened or damp cloth and to wipe following the grain of the wood. Wiping against the grain could cause scratches if the dust contains grit.  Any residues caused from cooking oils or smoke should be wiped up with a damp cloth and a small amount of furniture cleaner. Old t-shirts, cheesecloth, dish towels, or flannels make great wiping cloths; just make sure they are clean and free of buttons or snaps so they don’t cause scratches.

It takes just a small amount of effort to keep a kitchen looking brand new. Here are a few more tips to help you keep your cabinets looking new for many, many years to come!

  • Wipe up spills, splatters, and water spots as they occur immediately, keeping the cabinets dry.
  • Clean as needed with a soft, lint-free cloth. Use a mild detergent or soap with warm water.
  • Dry surfaces immediately with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid using a dish cloth or sponge. It could contain remnants of grease or detergents.
  • Do not use products with bleach, ammonia, or abrasive additives like petroleum solvents.
  • Never use scouring pads, steel wool, or powdered cleaners.
  • Do not allow oven cleaners to come into contact with wood surfaces.
  • Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto cabinet surfaces.
  • Avoid draping damp cloths or dish towels over cabinet doors – excessive moisture can cause permanent damage.
  • We recommend Guardsman furniture polish, which is available at most stores.  As with any new cleaning product, test a small spot in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it doesn’t damage the cabinet surface.

IMPORTANT KITCHEN DIMENSIONS

Aisles and Walkways

Your walkways and kitchen work aisles must be wide enough to accommodate the cook as well as allow at least one person to get by them if need be.  A work aisle, which would be the space between the sink and kitchen island for example, should be a minimum of 42″. If you know you will need to be able to fit two cooks at once in the same space, up it to 48″ wide.  A walkway leading to another space or doorway, but doesn’t interfere with food prep, should be 36″ wide at the least.

Cabinet/Countertop Dimensions

Standard countertop height in a kitchen is 36″. This is a comfortable height for most people when cooking or preparing food.  For a raised bar area, 42″ would be the counter height. This allows a person to sit on a barstool and not knock their knees on the counter. If you are designing a kitchen with a bar area the same height as the rest of your counters (36″), make sure you get counter stools to sit on at your island. A regular barstool would be much too high.

As far as typical countertop depths, a cabinet is 24″ deep and a countertop is typically 25″ deep, which provides a small lip and helps protect your cabinets from spills and damage.

The space beside your appliances and sink is important as well. You have to make sure you have enough room to prep food and place dishes.  For an open food prep area, 36″ of free space is ideal. A minimum of 12″ should be allowed by your stove and 18″ by your sink.

Work Triangle Distance

Work triangles are an important factor in kitchen planning. A work triangle consists of the sink, range, and refrigerator. These are the three areas that most people travel back and forth to while in the kitchen and you want them to be only steps away from each other for convenience.