What is Max Width for a Rail & Stile cabinet Door


Just wondering what is the max width a person should make a rail and Stile type Cabinet door. I am building some and have some openings 22 5/8" to 21" wide. I was hoping to get away with one door instead of 2. Is this a good idea or should I make 2 door to fit in these openings?
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"BD" wrote in message

Really a matter of taste, and often location.
On pantries and tall cabinets I will almost always use one door. With cabinets with openings closer to/or over 24", I'll go with two doors on both uppers and lowers.
Two doors are usually much more convenient on uppers for obvious, head banging, reasons.
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BD wrote:

Sure, you can do it. As the other poster said, it's primarily a "looks" issue.
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I often use two doors with nothing between them. Once I got them too narrow and added a walnut "accent" to one of them. When I've made them wide, I've used a center stile that sits between the rails. It's easy to do, looks good, and lets me avoid the trouble of gluing up a wide panel. Wilson

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No rule however, If you use 2 doors for that opening you will need to address the space between the doors. You can either put another face frame stile between the doors and end up with 10 wide openings or attach a false stile to the back of one of the doors to cover the slot between the doors.
That said, I have 5 doors that are that wide in my kitchen and several 18" and wider. The closer the doors get to square the stranger they look when compared to other doors that have a longer tall vs. width measurement.
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Leon wrote:

cheap hinges. If you have a wide door and a big raised panel in it the hinges will see a lot of weight both opened and closed.
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Well you can buy cheap hinges, don't get cheaply made hinges. I buy Blum's for $1.65 each, they have a life time warrantee, and out of the hundreds that I have installed have not has a single failure in the last 17 years.
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