Have you ever noticed some kitchens have a mix of slab drawer fronts with 5-piece drawers while others use all 5-piece drawer fronts?

The mixed look of solid, slab drawer fronts on the top drawers with five-piece drawer fronts below is a style that has been around for a while. Years ago drawer fronts on kitchen cabinetry were most often a slab drawer of some type – either wood or sometimes even metal. As design preferences and manufacturing processes evolved, decorative five-piece drawer fronts gained in popularity.

A row of base cabinets that use all 5-piece drawer fronts shown in a dark green painted finish.

Base cabinets with all five-piece cabinet drawers and doors.

An all-white kitchen that mixes slab drawer fronts and 5-piece drawer fronts for a classic look using inset cabinet construction.

Dura Supreme’s Kendall Panel Inset door style with an optional slab drawer front for the top drawers.

Kitchen design by Erica Caserta of Showcase Kitchens in Canton, CT. Photo by Severine Photography.

Working with Cabinet Drawer Rails and Stiles

With today’s popular transitional styling, wider rails and stiles on doors and drawer fronts are common. This decreases the space in the center panel of a top drawer and can make finding the right knob or pull a challenge. Often times the width of the rails on the top drawer front is modified to match the proportions of the door style

A shabby chic and traditional styled kitchen island showing 5-peice drawer fronts in several different sizes next to each other.

This Dura Supreme kitchen island features a Heritage Painted finish

Using Flat Drawer Fronts for Top Drawers – The Optional Slab Drawer Front

Most of Dura Supreme’s full overlay door styles are available with a standard, coordinating five-piece drawer front or an optional solid slab drawer front. Specifying the optional solid slab drawer fronts for the top drawers provides a uniform look across the top of the base cabinets while keeping the design detail of the larger drawer fronts below. This gives the flexibility to personalize the style of the cabinetry at an additional level.

Dark navy blue panted cabinets with warm stained cherry cabinets in an English styled kitchen remodel.

The Optional Slab Drawer fronts used on this kitchen design give the space more of an Old English Style that the homeowners were looking for. You can see that if the top drawers used the same door style details as the rest of the cabinetry this kitchen would have an entirely different style.

Bright aqua blue cabinets with cottage style cabinet doors on a long kitchen island showing a mix of slab drawer fronts and 5-piece drawers.

Dura Supreme Craftsman Beaded Panel door style with the Optional Slab Drawer Fronts creates a clean look across the top of the row of cabinets on this kitchen island.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Diana Weisner of Lampert Lumber, Chetek, Wisconsin.

A beige bathroom vanity with a mix of slab drawer fronts for the top drawer and 5-piece drawers for the rest.

The optional slab drawers create a sleek look at the top of the cabinets and sink panels while the rest of the drawers and cabinet doors feature a detailed raised panel door. This combination creates a traditional furniture style look to the bathroom vanity.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Michels Homes, Minnesota.

Talk with a Dura Supreme designer today to discover the cabinet style that’s right for you!

Mandi Juskiewicz the Senior Design & Marketing Specialist for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. A content developer and blog author for the company.

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Sr. Design & Marketing Specialist for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 20 years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, and social media technology.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named “Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019” in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by CV Magazine and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award.

Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting edge products, and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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