What are grain match cabinets?
The term “grain match” refers to the manufacturing process of Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) or Veneer cabinetry. When cabinetry is grain matched, it means all the adjacent fronts are all cut from the same piece of material. The grain then matches up seamlessly throughout the section of cabinetry. This creates uniformity in the grain pattern, perfect for a bank of drawers or stacked cabinet doors.
Pros of Grain Match Cabinets
- Grain matching creates clean lines in design.
- It looks very intentional and thought out.
- It’s more modern and contemporary than non-book match doors.
Cons of Grain Match Cabinet Doors
- More labor intensive for manufacturing and design planning.
- Usually more expensive than non-grain match cabinets.
- Replacing one cabinet door is much harder to do well.
- If the door is replaced and it’s not a perfect match, it stands out.
Which should you choose?
There are some situations where grain match cabinetry really shines. For example, drawer stacks. Any combination of multiple cabinet fronts stacked on top of each other is a great candidate for grain match cabinets.
However, there are some situations where grain matching is not necessary. For example, regular wall cabinets won’t benefit from grain matching (provided they aren’t stacked). Additionally, materials with a very light grain pattern will still appear uniform with non-grain matched cabinet fronts.
Some people prefer the look of non-matched grain. The staggered grain pattern can be an intentional design choice.
Overall, whether you want grain match cabinet doors or not is up to personal preference and budget. Veneer & TFL grain patterns do not have to match up perfectly to look beautiful, but there is something eye-catching about seamless grain matching!
If you are interested in grain match cabinet doors, you can find a Decor Cabinets designer near you.