January 30, 2018

Framed vs. Frameless Cabinetry 

Framed Cabinetry

Framed cabinets are the more traditional, “American-type” cabinet that features a face frame that is attached to the front of each cabinet. The door hinges (exposed or concealed) attach to the face frame. Most framed cabinets are made from particle board or plywood.

What are the advantages of framed cabinetry?

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  • Traditional Styling
  • Face frame helps with cabinet sturdiness and door alignment issues
  • Cabinet Doors and hinges are attached to the face frame
  • Face frame cabinets allow you to have different overlay designs – partial or full overlay

Frameless Cabinetry

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Frameless cabinet construction, also known as “European” cabinetry. Frameless cabinets feature no face frame so the cabinet doors are attached to the interior sides of the cabinet. It typically has thicker side panels then traditional framed cabinets for added stability. Full overlay doors that cover the majority of the cabinet can only be used. can be used. Most frameless cabinets are made from thicker 5/8” plywood or particle board that are edge banded with a laminate or wood veneer.

What are the advantages of frameless cabinetry?

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  • European Modern Styling
  • Frameless cabinets have no center stile so you have full access to the cabinets for maximum storage space.
  • Cabinet Doors and hinges are attached to the cabinet sides
  • Drawer Boxes tend to be a little larger for more storage
  • Frameless cabinets feature sleek full overlay doors only

There are lots of variables to consider but whether you choose framed or frameless cabinetry, there is never really a wrong choice...it's all personal preference so go with the style and finish that best suits your tastes. 

Here's a really informative article we found on the pros and cons of framed vs. frameless cabinetry from remodelingimage.com from November 15, 2019.



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