When choosing cabinets, there are two types of construction to consider: framed or frameless cabinetry.

Both provide endless design possibilities and their own unique advantages. Here are some things to consider as you decide which type of cabinet construction is best for you.

 Framed cabinetry

Framed cabinetry is the traditional way American cabinet manufacturers have built cabinets and is what you will find in a typical kitchen today. As the word suggests, the face of framed cabinets has a 1-1/2 inch frame resembling a flat picture frame. The door is then attached to the frame which adds dimension to the door front.


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.