In our prior article we talked about the distinction between frameless and deal with-framed cabinets, and then briefly touched on overlay options for deal with-framed cabinets. As mentioned there, the two most common overlay options are ½” overlay and 1-1/4″ overlay. Here we’ll talk about ½” overlay which is possibly the most well-liked and certainly the simplest.
There are a couple of benefits to using ½” overlay above most of the other selections:
- Doorways are smaller and therefore a bit significantly less costly.
- In corners or other tight areas, you can occasionally get away with less of a filler or no filler. (Notice: With larger overlays, you can accomplish the same thing by shrinking the overlay on just the one aspect of a provided door, but that takes a lot more forethought and sometimes requires getting a few distinct hinge dimensions.)
- In tiny areas like bathrooms, these smaller doors need much less clearance to open up.
- It’s less difficult to calculate the sizes.
Let us say you have an upper cabinet that has a simple door. For sake of the illustration, let’s say the cabinet size is 18″w x 36″h. (This cabinet is commonly referred to as a W1836.) For figuring out the door dimension, however, the cabinet size is not the important measurement: The opening size is the crucial. I feel the definition is clear, but the opening is the component of the frame through which you can reach into the cabinet. (Some cabinets have numerous openings, but we’ll discuss about that later. We’ll suppose this cabinet has only 1.) In mostinstances, the opening size on this cabinet will be three” less than the width of the cabinet and 3″ much less than the peak of the cabinet. This is since the left, right, top and bottom framing pieces (known as rails for the horizontal pieces and stiles for the vertical items) on most standard cabinets are each 1-1/2″ extensive. Nevertheless, do not suppose anything at all! Measure the opening!
Following you evaluate the opening, let us say you locate it to be the normal dimension: 15″w x 33″ h. To dimensions the door for that cabinet with a ½” overlay, you will require to make the door ½” larger than the opening on each of the four sides: left, correct, top and bottom. Combining these measurements, you are going to see that the door needs to be one” larger than the opening width and 1″ bigger than the opening top, or sixteen”w x 34″h. Quite easy!
Shifting on to a regular door/drawer base cabinet exactly where you have a drawer opening directly previously mentioned a door opening with a rail (horizontal framing piece) in among, the measurements are the exact same, assuming the rail is the standard 1-one/2″ extensive (or at least 1-one/four” broad). Since there’s room to match the ½” overlay from the door and the ½” overlay on the drawer front on that rail and still have area to spare, this will function great.
The one particular difficult circumstance comes when you have a pair of doorways covering a simple opening. For example, you may have a 30″w x 36″h wall cabinet with only 1 opening (generally, W3036BD or W3036BUTT). The two doors are recognized as “butt doors” simply because they (type of) butt collectively in the center. In reality, we would typically go away a one/8″ gap between the doorways to preserve them from rubbing. So, when you evaluate the opening and locate it to be 27″w x 33″h, you start with the exact same calculation which helps make the mixed door dimensions 28″w x 34″h. Since every door will be 50 percent the width, divide the width by two making them 14″w x 34″h. Then, to enable for the one/8″ gap, subtract one/16″ from every door. This offers you a final door dimensions of thirteen-15/sixteen”w x 34″h. (If your door maker doesn’t precisely size doorways to the closest 1/16″, then locate yet another door maker!)
Irregardless of your overlay selection, usually be mindful of obstructions – walls, corners, home equipment, molding, etc. – that could stop a door or drawer from opening properly. If you come across any this kind of obstacles, you might have to resize the door or drawer front accordingly.