Design Your Room

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Cabinet 101

Talk like a pro

While choices are great, they can also be overwhelming if you don’t have a basic understanding of the products and their differences. We’ve gathered some information on key product elements to give you an overview of the details of cabinetry.

Putting together the pieces of a functional kitchen

As you begin to look at different cabinet lines, you’ll notice that they are usually classified into categories such as Wall, Tall, Base, Vanity, Other Room and Accessories. These categories are intended to provide quick reference points to help you navigate the breadth of the lines and number of options that are available to you.

  • Wall category consists of cabinets that are hung on the wall, sometimes called upper cabinets
  • Base, Tall, and Vanity are designed to rest on the floor, sometimes called lowers

Construction Type

How a cabinet is built determines how it looks and functions. Hinges, shelving and even finishing options can vary greatly depending on the type of construction used. These basics will help you determine what construction type is best for you.


Our Framed Cabinets

Framed is the more traditional construction type, with rails and stiles forming a “frame” at the front of the cabinet box.  Framed cabinets attach door hinges to frame face and wall shelves are usually adjustable. Partial and full overlay door styles can be used with framed cabinets.

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Engineered Wood Materials

Some cabinets utilize various wood materials to provide strength, durability and consistent quality.

  • Particleboard/Furniture Board – Board made from a mixture of real wood shavings and binding material, such as resin, which are refined and bonded together, then compressed with high heat and pressure
  • Plywood – A panel made from an odd number of wood veneer layers which are bonded together with the grain of each layer running at right angles to the next.  All plywood components meet ANSI/HPVA HP-1 standards, and may contain MDF or particleboard. 
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) – Formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers.  Heat and pressure are used to form a homogenous board excellent for machining and painting.
  • TrueColor™ – is a CARB II-compliant material that displays the precision of a paint with the durability of a laminate.


Raised Panel

  • Raised panel - The center panel of the door is elevated


Recessed or Flat Panel

  • Recessed or Flat Panel – The center panel of the door is set lower


Full Overlay

  • Full Overlay – The door of the cabinet overlays (or covers) the entire face frame


Partial Overlay

  • Partial Overlay – The door of the cabinet only partially overlays, leaving part of the matching frame exposed


Innovative Organization

Unlike other cabinet brands, Diamond doesn’t just build cabinets to store things, we engineer our cabinets for intelligent organization. From extra storage for bulk shoppers to roll-trays for easy visibility, these innovative features clear clutter and make your life easier. See Innovative Organization section of this website for more details.

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Decorative Surface Treatment

Decorative overlay panels for cabinet sides or island backs can be factory installed or job-site installed depending upon the application. The decorative panels provide a more built-in and custom look.

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