WHAT IS A ‘SLAB’ DOOR?

23 February 2018

A slab door is a cabinet door that features a completely flat panel without any raised or recessed features. It can often be referred to as a flat panel door.

A slab door can be used within an ‘in-frame’ context - where the door is hung within a door frame or within a ‘lay on’ context, where the door sits on and over the front 4 edges of the cabinet.

The slab door can be used in a traditional context, particularly when applied to an in-frame approach with a traditionally mounted knob or handle. Alternatively, an altogether more contemporary or modern approach can be achieved with a handless design combined with exciting finishes to include unusual or bold paint colours or timber / veneer effects.

A handless slab door lends itself to modern European, furniture designs where clean fuss free surfaces help to achieve a linear, minimalist design. In these instances, doors can be opened via a ‘push to open’ door mechanism or an integrated / concealed handle design such as a ‘J’ pull built into the doors top edge or a ‘scalloped’ handle where a finger recess has been built into the leading edges of the doors.

Do you Need a Traditional Butt Hinge with an In –Frame Slab Door?
No. Whilst a polished chrome butt hinge could complement a modern, sleek chrome handle, one of the features of a slab door is its clean, fuss free surface. With this in mind, a concealed hinge combined with a concealed handle is often best, especially if you want maximum visual effect out of an eye catching door finish such as a striking – horizontal, wood grained veneer.

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