Types of Moldings for Cabinets

August 23, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Your cabinetry won’t really look “finished” until you’ve added a bit of molding or trim to it. This creates a custom, three-dimensional, high-quality appearance that you wouldn’t otherwise get. When selecting your molding from a cabinet store in Midland, MI, there are a variety of options available to you, and your choice will depend mostly on your design preferences and the kind of look you’ve already got going in your kitchen.

With this in mind, here’s a quick overview of some of the most common types of moldings people use for their cabinets:

  • Crown molding: Crown molding isn’t just used to finish the tops of walls—it’s also used to finish the tops of wall cabinets. Depending on the door style you use with your cabinetry, the use of crown molding may or may not be possible. However, if you will use crown molding with your cabinets, you can find it in a wide range of styles and sizes so you can accommodate not only the design style you want, but also the height of your ceiling and cabinetry.
  • Base molding: Base molding is sort of the opposite of crown molding in that it’s used primarily to provide decorative trim at the bottom of base cabinets. Here, the profiled edge faces up rather than down, as it does with crown molding. It is also commonly used on kitchen islands and peninsulas to make them look more like furniture than cabinetry. It can even be used in higher areas off the floor if you’re looking for a wider type of decorative molding.
  • Starter/riser molding: This kind of molding acts as a sort of mounting frame for crown molding, which helps increase the overall height of the molding area. Because ceiling heights vary and crown molding is usually not the exact height needed to fill the space, starter or riser molding works well to make a sort of extension of the cabinet box so the crown molding can be installed higher and in the correct position.
  • Fillers: Fillers are types of molding that are used to fill up any leftover space in cabinetry rows. They get cut to fit the desired size for those spaces, either horizontally or vertically. Typically, they’ll be used in three- to six-inch widths, with varying length.
  • Toe kick molding: Also used along the base of cabinetry at the floor, toe kick molding creates an area that allows you to stand closer to the cabinetry more comfortably without having to worry about your feet pressing right up against an unfinished part of the cabinet. It stretches along the entire run of the space.

These are just a few examples of some of the most common types of molding we use when developing custom cabinetry for our clients. If you’re interested in learning more about the various design options you have available to you when working with Nowak Cabinets of Midland, we encourage you to contact our cabinet store in Midland, MI today. Our family owned and operated company brings years of experience to every job, and we look forward to discussing your project with you!

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