How we make curved doors

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How curved kitchen doors are made

We’re often asked how we make our curved doors so we thought we would put an article together explaining the process. We are UK manufacturers of curved kitchen doors.

Layering MDF

Curved kitchen doors are actually made by layering together pieces of 2mm MDF, greater in size than the actual finished door. We then stack the pieces together and apply glue between each piece.

Forming the curve

The glued pieces are then placed into a former with aluminium plates, set up in a hydraulic press. The press is then closed and the shape of the former creates the desired curve for the kitchen door. We use different formers for other types of curves for different kitchen door designs.

Radio Frequency

We then apply radio waves to the form and glue curing occurs in minutes, resulting in a high quality, long lasting glue bond. Radio Frequency, also known as High Frequency and Dielectric Heating, refers to the use of radio waves, (5 mega Hertz) to heat (“cure”) glue. This system of glue curing has been in use since the 1940’s because it is the best method from creating strong curved kitchen doors.

Finishing the curved door

When the press is opened, the MDF retains the shape of the former and then we allow it to cool before cutting the the correct size.  If required, a J-pull handle is then routed into the end of the door. Finally, the door is sanded and sprayed in the required finish.

Making curved doors
Making curved doors
Curved door press
Curved door press

Curved Kitchen Door FAQs

How do I send measurements for a price?2023-07-06T11:02:17+00:00

The best way is to send an email with a list or a full drawing of all your sizes on and what type of doors, finish, handles and any other more awkward pieces you require and we will send you an email back as a quotation. if you need information on how to get your measurements check out our measurement guide.

 

Are curved doors supplied with hinge holes pre-drilled?2023-07-19T08:27:31+00:00

Curved kitchen doors can be supplied with hinge holes drilled during door manufacture to make DIY fitting simple. Please see our hinge hole fitting guide before supplying any measurements.

 

Can curved doors be supplied in high gloss finish?2023-05-25T12:01:47+00:00

Curved doors can be supplied in any gloss level from ultra matt to full gloss.

 

Can curved cabinet doors be used in bathrooms?2023-06-07T10:08:46+00:00

Yes, curved doors are great for bathroom and can help create more space and smaller bathrooms.

 

What thickness curved kitchen doors can I buy?2023-05-25T11:56:02+00:00

We generally supply curved kitchen doors in thickness 18 and 22mm, however please ask if you require a different thickness, as this is often required on bespoke projects.

 

Are Curved Kitchen Doors more expensive?2023-04-28T13:37:08+00:00

Curved kitchen doors can be more expensive than standard doors due to the extra level craftsmanship involved. 2mm thick boards are stacked and glued together and then pressed to create the curve.

Handles or handleless kitchen doors?2023-03-28T10:34:23+00:00

J-pull doors have a J shape in the door itself and true handleless don’t. A rail behind the door creates a space for fingers to open it. Handless kitchens can create a modern uncluttered look, gives you more space and are particularly good for open plan kitchens. Handless can actually be a cheaper option but may be less practical for those with mobility issues or long fingernails (for example) as opening doors may be a little harder.

How are curved doors made?2023-06-22T08:35:50+00:00

Curved doors are made by stacking and then gluing 2 mm thick boards on top of each other. The stack is then pressed into the curved shape and dried quickly using radio waves. When the glue sets, the curved shape remains rigid. For more details on the process see here.

Are curved doors hard to fit?2023-03-08T15:39:28+00:00

Curved doors are no harder to fit than standard flat doors provided that the correct door has been purchased to fit the cabinet. They are fitted in exactly the same way.

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