The kitchen is the heart of your home and functionality is key. When the time comes to have your kitchen remodeled, there’s a lot to consider. One of the main considerations is cabinetry. As the cabinets can be a big part of the investment, it is important to select the ones you will be happy with for years to come.
There are basically two types of cabinets: Framed and frameless and there are pros and cons to both styles of cabinets for your home or office.
- They are considered the traditional American made cabinets with standard or full overlay.
- Standard and full overlay, as well as inset cabinet doors, can be used with framed cabinets, to give you many design possibilities for creating a customized look.
- In a standard overlay, you will see a lot of the face frame once the cabinets are installed.
- The full overlay design usually leaves about a quarter inch from the outside of the door to the outside of the face frame.
- When you are putting cabinets up against the walls, they can be tricky to install, as you need to make sure you have enough space for the doors to open.
- Face Frame actually adds more strength to the cabinet due to the extra members that help support the overall cabinet.
- They are also harder to mass produce as compared to the frameless cabinets.
- Considered to be European cabinet design style.
- They consist of stiles (vertical portion) and rails (horizontal portion) which make up the front portion of the cabinet to which the door is attached.
- The side panels are inset and attached to the stile and rail.
- Spacing is very tight as the door hinges directly to the side panel.
- Each cabinet line varies, but you may only have a sixteenth of an inch from the outside of the door to the outside of the side panel.
- Once installed, you only see the flat door and drawer fronts, providing a sleeker contemporary look, that can work with many design themes throughout your home.
- Sometimes called “full access” cabinetry due to the greater accessibility of inside the cabinet because the face frame is eliminated. Therefore, more room and shelves are adjustable.
- Drawers tend to also be larger because of the space saved by not having a face frame attached to the front.
- Easier to mass produce and often sold at big retailers.
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