There are two main types of cabinetry – Framed, and Frameless. When deciding which is best for your project, it’s a matter of personal preference. Both options function the same, but they lend themselves to different styles. Framed cabinets are more traditional while frameless cabinets are considered more modern. We’ve overviewed each style below.
This style of cabinets has a face frame around the cabinet box. Framed cabinets are sometimes called American Style or Traditional Cabinetry and are more common than frameless cabinets. The door is attached directly to the face frame, making it a very sturdy cabinet. This also makes door/drawer installation and adjustment simple. The main drawback of this type of cabinet is that the face frame narrows the opening slightly. A narrower opening could hinder accessibility depending on what you choose to store in that cabinet.
With framed cabinets, you have two types of door installations to choose from. Full Overlay, where cabinet doors lay on top of the frame, or Inset, where the cabinet doors mount flush inside the frame. Within each type, there are many styles to choose from.
This type of construction does not have a frame face, which offers greater accessibility. It relies on thicker sides to maintain stability. Frameless cabinets are sometimes referred to as full access, European, or Modern style cabinets. They offer a sleeker, more streamlined look. The doors are attached directly to the box, which means that you can only use full overlay doors. They can also be a bit more finicky to install or adjust, but an experienced cabinet installer shouldn’t have any problem getting it right.
For more detailed information about the construction and installation of frameless cabinets or framed cabinets check out this great article. Which style do you prefer? If you’d like help deciding what best fits your needs, contact us today.