Cathedral arch vs. arched cabinet doors

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Cathedral arch vs. arched cabinet doors
Arched doors add a subtle flair to a traditional kitchen decor. (Modern kitchen image by MAXFX from

Arched, or Roman arch, and cathedral arch designs offer a decorative alternative to square cabinet doors. They require a little more care and craftsmanship to make, which increases their cost. Besides the shape of the arched design at the top of the door, there is little other difference between them.


Both cathedral arch and arched doors feature an arching curvature cut into the design at the top of the door. Both arch styles work better with a traditional, rather than contemporary decor, which is why woodworkers tend to design them into the more old fashioned raised panel style of door than the more modern flat panel design.


The shape of the arch is what differentiates cathedral arch from arched doors. In an arched door the middle panel raises up slightly in a long, low arch resembling an eyebrow, lending to another variation of its name: the eyebrow arch. A cathedral arch door features an indented, shorter, steeper arch resembling a cathedral cut into the raised panel of the door.


Deciding between cathedral arch and arched cabinet doors is mostly a matter of personal taste, with arched doors evoking a subtler tone and cathedral arch doors projecting a more pronounced elegance.

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