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What is Reeded Cabinetry?

Cabinet design is a key component to creating the kitchen of your dreams. It is the largest element in the space, controls the layout and provides you with the features needed to go about your day. The door style for your cabinets plays a role in the overall appearance of the kitchen so it is worth giving a little extra thought into which one reflects your tastes best. While classic styles such as shaker doors remain a solid option there is another that has been rising to the top for many homeowners and designers alike. The reeded door style is becoming a popular choice not just in the kitchen but also bathrooms, laundry rooms, and even mudrooms. The visual interest it adds to the space is just one reason it is being incorporated into a design. Let’s explore a little more about reeded door style and why it could be a good fit for your project.

What is reeded cabinetry?

Considered a combination of excellent millwork and traditional cabinet door profiles such as shaker, reeded cabinet doors are created with rounded or even scalloped ridges. Typically the entire panel is not reeded but it is usually paired with an inset choice which highlights the texture it brings to the design. Reeded doors are the opposite of fluted cabinet doors which are grooves cut into the panel verses reeded where it is rounded out. It could be described as a cabinet door panel that has the appearance of multiple dull rods placed side by side. There are variations available such as edge choices that add a little extra character to the door style. Reeded cabinetry is a beautiful presentation of craftsmanship at its finest.

Where can reeded cabinetry be used?

The beauty of this door style besides the obvious texture is its versatility. Reeded cabinetry is suitable for almost any area in the home because of the visual interest and texture it adds to the space. It can be mixed with traditional cabinet door styles or used all on its own for a stunning effect. Each area has specific needs and functions which this cabinet door style can accommodate but with a little adjustment according to the area.


Bathroom vanities are the main focal point whether it is a powder room or full master bath so opting for reeded cabinet doors can instantly give a little extra pop to the space. It looks great in a natural wood stain or painted meaning you can utilize it in a spa-like retreat or a bold color choice accented with contrasting wallpaper in your bathroom. 


Kitchen designs offer a wide range of options from the island to the entire perimeter or a little variation of both. Designers enjoy coupling it with the traditional cabinet door style as it makes a visually stunning project. Often inset cabinet doors are the go-to option as the reeded panel creates the main profile that is set into the cabinet frame. Choosing to add them in your kitchen perimeter either in the upper or lower can transform the overall feel of the kitchen and immediately provide some visual interest to the area.

Laundry room

Reeded cabinetry is a wonderful choice for laundry rooms since it can add a little diversity to the design. Pairing it with hardware that has a natural, organic look can give it a calm vibe. Whether as drawer fronts or full cabinet doors, this choice will make your laundry room a lovely place to be even if it is for those mundane chores.


Even the mudroom is benefiting from the reeded cabinetry, especially for drawer design as it brings another point of interest in the space. They can also be paired with the traditional built-ins and wall of tall cabinets with reeded doors. This is a stunning combination that instantly adds a touch of luxury to the mudroom.

Every area in the home can benefit from the charm of reeded doors though it is recommended that they be used as an accent piece in areas like the kitchen since it can be a little overwhelming if it is throughout the space. Your designer can assist you in knowing where and how much of this door style to include in your project.

The benefits of reeded cabinetry

While reeded cabinet doors are a functional part to the design that does not mean they are without other benefits. The eye-catching design of their ribbed appearance transforms each space into something special and elegant. There are some who may think that this is a dated style to put in your home especially if the trend dies out later but this is why designers encourage a limited number of doors in large areas like the kitchen. Though other areas such as the bathroom and mudroom don’t fall into the same category since these have only a few main items and are balanced by the other pieces in the space. When you use it selectively it can have a much more powerful effect on your home. One benefit of reeded cabinetry is that is makes it easy to create texture in the space and it also breaks up the entire look. The character and hand crafted appearance infuses your home with a touch of refinement plus a hint of uniqueness. This is a cabinet door style that offers homeowners a little diversity for their home.

Hardware for reeded cabinetry

Hardware has always been considered the jewel of cabinets and even though reeded cabinet doors have a beauty all their own, the right hardware can take it to the next level. If you opt for a natural finish for your doors then maybe a strong contrasting hardware such as black matte would be a great choice. You can also decide to go with one that is more organic in appearance like glass or clear hardware. Painted reeded doors open a wide variety for hardware choices including brass which is a timeless finish. Of course you can choose to use a push latch option which leans more to a minimalist style and keeps the door clean.

Reeded cabinetry for you

No matter what area of the home is in need of a renovation, reeded cabinetry delivers a stunning impression every single time. Running the full spectrum of styles from modern to traditional they can provide you with the perfect way to reflect your own personality into your home. Remember that you should always love where you live and design plays a key role in your home’s atmosphere. Be sure to talk with your designer about exploring this possibility for your project and how it will best fit into the design.