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Installing Glass in Cabinet Doors

What to Check for When Buying Your Glass Door Cabinets

1. Do the cabinets come with the glass from the manufacturer? Or do they come prepared for glass from the manufacturer and then you have to buy your own glass?

2. Make sure that the cabinet interior is finished the same color that the door is finished, so that you can see through the glass and it matches the door.

Why Wouldn't Manufacturers Include Glass?

Typically, kitchen cabinet companies do not include the glass. The main reason is because there are thousands of different styles of glass now that people are interested in using for their kitchen.

Common choices are frosted glass, glass with etched designs, glass with stainless steel inserts, glass with copper inserts, and other combinations of inserts and styles. Clear glass isn't used as frequently as it used to, so a lot of companies do not include the glass with the cabinets.

Cabinets Prepped for Glass

Kitchen cabinet manufacturers will just prepare the door which is done by cutting out the center panel and finishing the interior of cabinet.

Installing Glass into Cabinet Doors

Installing glass into the cabinet door can be accomplished in many different ways.

Often the back of the cabinet door will have small carve spots where you can attach tiny clips that screw into the style and rail of the door. The clips pin the back of the glass to the cabinet door. This is becoming a little less common.

Many installers now just use a clear silicone to bead the outside of edge of the glass on the back of the door.

  • Cabinet Glass Clips
    Glass Clips on Back of Cabinet Door
  • Clear Silicone
    Clear Silicone Photo Credit: DAP

The advantage of beading with a clear silicone is that it helps keep the glass from rattling.

The disadvantage of the traditional style clips is when you shut the door, the glass is not as tight as it should be and the glass rattles. The glass could potentially break as well.

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