There are two main types of cabinet construction offered to consumers today: framed and frameless (European style) cabinetry. Both provide endless design possibilities and their own unique advantages. Each has structural and stylistic advantages and disadvantages.
At AGO Premium Kitchens we offer both cabinet constructions in our showroom at Improve Centre and would like to help you decide which construction is best for you. Framed Kitchen Cabinets Design is American traditional method, where a door of a cabinet is perfectly fitted within a carcass.
In this type of cabinet construction, the rails and stiles form a 1-1/2 inch face “frame” at the front of the cabinet box. That is why framed cabinets are also called face-frame cabinets so you may see them referred to both ways. This frame resembles a flat picture frame that is attached to the door front, giving added dimension to the door front.
What are the advantages of Framed Cabinets?
In framed cabinetry, the cabinet doors are secured to the frame, which gives the cabinet strength and sturdiness. Framed cabinets attach the door hinges to the frame face and shelves, and are usually, but not always, adjustable.
Partial and full overlay, as well as inset cabinet doors, can be used with framed cabinets, giving you many design possibilities for creating a customized look for your cabinetry.
What is Frameless cabinet?
Frameless cabinet construction is a European way of manufacturing cabinets that has become popular among American homeowners seeking simple, more contemporary cabinet designs.
Frameless cabinetry is sometimes called “full access” cabinetry because it offers greater accessibility by eliminating the face frame. Instead, it relies on thicker box construction for stability. Only full overlay doors can be used, with hinges attached directly to the sides of the cabinet box.
What are the advantages of Frameless cabinets?
In frameless construction, cabinets do not have a face frame attached to the front of the cabinet box. After they have been installed, all you will see are the flat door and drawer fronts, providing a sleek, simple aesthetic that can work with many design themes throughout the home.
Frameless cabinets do not have a center stile coming down in the middle of the two cabinet doors, providing easier access to the items inside, as well as more storage space to work with. The shelves are typically adjustable. Drawers in frameless cabinetry also tend to be larger because of the space saved by not having a face frame attached to the front.