Framed Vs Frameless Cabinet Construction

• As the name suggests, the difference between framed and frameless construction in cabinetry is the presence or absence of a face frame.

• With a cabinet that has a face frame, the doors and drawer heads can be mounted inset flush into the frame, partially overlaying the frame, or fully overlaying it.

• With frameless cabinetry, the doors are mounted to the sides of the cabinet box and therefore fully-overlay the box.

• Both types of cabinetry can be made with engineered wood, plywood or solid stock.

• Once installed, both construction types are of equal stability when made with comparable materials.

• Framed construction can give a more traditional look to your cabinetry; especially the inset and partial-overlay styles.

• Frameless construction is often used in contemporary, modern or transitional areas.

• Frameless cabinetry is also used in industrial settings like laboratories and hospitals.

• Because of the absence of an overlapping frame, the clear width of the cabinet’s openings is wider with frameless construction, though the box volume remains the same.

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