Types of Moldings for Cabinets


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Molding is the most important aspect for a kitchen cabinet. Molding produces a traditional and elegant look on the kitchen. There are various types of molding choices depending on your requirement.

Some of the molding types are described below:

  1. Crown Molding

Crown molding is basically used to polish the top of wall cabinets. It is available in a lot of different sizes and shapes.

Only full overlay style is available for cabinet doors i.e. the doors overlay the front frame of the cabinet so there is only a little space visible. And the cabinets which have small amount visible need crown molding to be installed on top.

  1. Starter Molding

Starter molding is also known as “riser molding” is utilized as a rising frame for crown molding so the height of crown molding increases and let it escalate flat to the ceiling.

Starter molding is mounted on the top of the cabinet to increase the area of the cabinet that let crown molding to be placed higher. To cover an uneven ceiling properly, starter molding is often used along with crown molding.

  1. Light Rail Molding

To polish the bottom of the cabinet, Light Rail molding is a suitable option.

It can be used to cover light glare coming from the bottom of the cabinet or it can also be used to increase decoration.

They are available in various size and shape. It should be in mind while purchasing the light rail molding is the molding height to make sure the open space is left after installation.

  1. Base Molding

Base Molding is usually used to make a decorative sleek at floor level of base cabinets by placing it with a profiled corner facing upwards.

Placing the base molding with the bottom division of cabinet sides to toe recess makes a continuous look. Base molding can also be utilized with a profiled corner facing downwards in high areas where an extensive decoration molding is needed.

  1. Fillers Molding

As the name suggests, fillers are used to fill if any there is any gap or space is left during the installation of the cabinet.

They can also be used in a vertical manner to give extra space between cabinet and wall. This is done to keep the corners of doors from binding into the wall or to keep drawers from touching close objects. They can also be utilized to increase the dimensions as a starter molding.

Filers are available in widths of three and six inches in various lengths according to your requirements.

  1. Toe Kick Molding

Toe kick molding is basically used to make free space for your feet, that let you stand near the countertop comfortably.

Toe kick stretcher connected to the cabinet is made of unfinished solid so after placing the cabinet, finished toe kick molding is used to shield unfinished space.

Toe kick molding is only available in a ninety-six-inch long belt of polished which will be filed cut and placed in the recess to give a completed look to the Ready to Assemble Cabinets.

  1. Scribe Molding

Scribe molding is a skinny portion of finished sleek utilized to shield a space that has irregular openings or underdone corners after complete installation.

It is elastic letting it follow bends alongside floors, ceilings, and walls. If corners of cabinets touch an uneven surface, then Scribe molding is often used. It is only available in ninety-six-inch length. It should be field cut to shield visible gaps up to half an inch wide.

  1. Corner Molding

Corner molding is often utilized to shield an unfinished corner or an opening where 2 panels or pieces of material meet ninety-degree angle.

To shield raw corners of visible on an exterior edge, corner molding is the suitable option. They must be utilized with any design which needs finishing lining at the backside of the cabinet.

  1. Skin Panels

Skin panels are 0.25-inch plywood with an identical polish on an edge.

They are available in various shapes and sizes to give polish options for various requirements some cabinet lines have unpolished edges and need a skin panel applied to all sides of the cabinet which will become visible after placing.

But these types of skin panels are only available in particular sizes and shapes and are intended to fit properly on the edge of the cabinet behind the frame so no field cuts would be required.


Post courtesy of RTACabinetSupply.com

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