Interior view of an Aristokraft cabinet drawer

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Cabinet Construction

Sturdy construction, solid value

A beautiful, functioning cabinet starts with smart construction. The following overview provides an outline of general cabinet terms and construction options. Your designer will be able to answer questions about which options are available and recommend the best solution to meet your needs.

Construction Details

Each Aristokraft door style is offered in one of two unique product platforms, CORE and PLUS, allowing for enhanced versatility and design flexibility. You'll find the differences outlined below; just ask your designer if you need help deciding which style is right for you.

Aristokraft CORE: Timeless Style Solutions at an Essential Value

Construction Features and Benefits:

Aristokraft PLUS: Creative & Fashionable Solutions Offering Design Flexibility

Construction Features and Benefits:

*All plywood components meet ANSI/HPVA HP-1 standards, and may contain MDF or particleboard.

Box Overview

  • Face Frame – The structural portion of the cabinet to which doors are attached, consisting of both rails and stiles.

  • End Panel – The side of the cabinet that is grooved into the face frame and extends back to the wall.

  • Bottom – The floor of the cabinet. On a wall and tall cabinet, the same component is used as the top.

  • Back – The rear vertical surface used to mount the cabinet to the wall.

  • Adjustable Shelves – Horizontally placed storage surfaces that are adjusted by moving clips used to hold the shelf in place.

  • Toekick – The recessed toe space at the bottom of a base cabinet.

Door Overview

  • Center Panel – The raised or flat panel in the middle of a door enclosed by stiles and rails.

  • Center Stile – Sometimes called a mullion, this is the raised rail in the middle of a door that is enclosed by stiles and rails.

  • Rail – A horizontal framing member of a cabinet face frame or door.

  • Reveal – On a framed cabinet, the distance between the outside edge of the face frame and the outside edge of the door (varies depending on the door)

Drawer Overview

  • Standard – Offers 1/2-inch thick furniture board sides, front and back.

  • Select – Offers 3/4-inch nominal thick all-wood dovetailed drawer sides, front and back. A dovetail joint is an interlocking corner joint where pins on one piece fit into sockets on a second piece.

  • Drawer Guides – The system used to support the drawer in a cabinet and provide opening/closing operation. Aristokraft offers three glides:

    • Standard – Adjustable, side-mount, epoxy-coated, double rails, captured on two sides, built-in drawer stop.

    • Select – Undermount, self-closing, epoxy-coated, double rails, captured on two sides.

    • Upgrade Option – Full Extension with Smart Stop, a device that softly closes the drawer.


  • Concealed Hinge – Not visible on the surface of the cabinet.

  • SmartStop – Optional device that softly closes drawers.

  • Knob – Surface hardware attached with one screw.  Typically smaller than a pull and used on a proportionally smaller door or drawer.

  • Pull – Surface hardware attached with two screws, like a handle.