CHOOSING YOUR CABINETS
When it comes to choosing cabinets…you’ve got options.
FRAMED VS. FRAMELESS (EURO) CABINETS
Cabinets comes in two categories: Framed and Frameless.
Framed cabinets include a wood frame (also known as a face frame) that surrounds the front of the cabinet box… much like a picture frame. The doors are attached by hinges to the face frame. You’ll commonly find framed cabinets in most traditional kitchens.
Frameless cabinets (also known as European style or Euro cabinets) have no face frame. The doors attach to the inside of the cabinet box with special hinges. 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 IS FRAMELESS CABINETRY?
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 CABINETRY?
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.
STANDARD OVERLAY VS. FULL OVERLAY
Door styles also fall into two main categories: standard overlay and full overlay.
Standard overlay allows a portion of the face frame to be seen around the door (depending on the door style).
Full overlay covers most of the face frame and requires knobs or handles. Full overlay doors are trending right now as one of the more popular kitchens and bath cabinets.