The American tradition and standard for kitchen and bathroom cabinets is the framed style. What does this mean? It means that the rails and stiles of the cabinets form a one-and-a-half-inch face frame. This frame adds stability and strength to the cabinets. The doors of the cabinets are attached to the frame rather than the cabinet box. This allows for a variety of types of door attachments, including inset, partial overlay and full overlay of the doors. The shelves are usually adjustable inside the cabinets and a wide variety of designs and cabinet layouts can be achieved with this style of cabinetry.
In recent times, another style of kitchen and bathroom cabinets has increased in popularity here in America – frameless cabinets. Frameless cabinets have been the European tradition and standard for a long time, but with more interest in simplicity and contemporary designs, frameless cabinets have become more and more common here as well.
Here are some things to consider about frameless cabinets as you decide if they are right for your kitchen or bathroom:
- Without a frame for stability, these cabinets tend to have a thicker box construction for increased strength.
- With no center stiles between cabinet doors, the interior space is increased, and the accessibility is improved.
- The doors must be hung in the full overlay styles, as the doors are hung directly on the cabinet box.
- Interior shelving can still be adjustable.
- Cabinet drawers can often be bigger because they don’t have to fit through the frame front.