Understanding the Differences Between Framed and Frameless Cabinetry: Which Looks are Right for You?

Framed Cabinetry:

  • Framed cabinets have a supporting frame attached to the front of the cabinet box. The cabinet door is then mounted to the frame.
  • The cabinet frame allows for many different cabinet door overlays, and thus a wider variety of cabinet style choices.
  • Framed cabinets more often have indentation, depth variances, or texture in the door.
  • Framed cabinetry is the most common style of cabinetry in the U.S.

Frameless Cabinetry:

  • Frameless cabinetry is also referred to as box construction. Frameless cabinets have no supporting front face frame, so the cabinet doors attaches directly to the sides of the cabinet box, allowing the cabinet doors to align closer.
  • Frameless cabinets offer slightly more interior cabinet space.
  • Frameless cabinets more often have a flat or smooth door surface.
  • Frameless cabinetry has been most popular in Europe, but has been gaining popularity in the U.S. in recent years.

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