The 411 on Cabinet Construction: Framed vs. Frameless Cabinetry

Framed vs. Frameless Cabinets

Investing in new kitchen cabinetry is one of the largest purchases one can make when renovating their home. First impressions are lasting impressions and since cabinets are one of the main items your guests and family members are going to notice in your kitchen, they can have a huge impact on both the appeal and value of your home. Before we talk about all the pretty elements of the cabinetry, lets explore some of the more fundamental elements that are involved with manufactured cabinetry, such as the construction methods and materials. First and foremost, cabinetry is divided into two major categories when considering construction methods: Framed and Frameless. What is the difference between framed and frameless kitchen cabinetry you ask? Let’s dive in a little deeper for more detail on these two construction methods.

Framed Cabinetry

Dura Supreme manufacturers our framed cabinets (Crestwood) with a solid wood frame made of ¾” x 1 ½” hardwood that is dado-ed to the top, bottom and sides of the cabinet box. The frame actually extends beyond the width of the cabinet box creating a ¼” reveal (known as a scribe) and the inside of the frame extends ¾” past the inside edges of the cabinet box.

an image showing the construction of framed construction cabinetry.

Framed cabinet construction is considered a more traditional style and is a very common method of construction for cabinets manufactured in the US. A benefit to framed cabinetry is that it offers three (3) different overlay door styles to select from: Standard (or partial) overlay, Full Overlay or Inset.

A Standard (or partial) Overlay door overlaps the face frame by 3/8” and leaves a reveal of 1 1/8” of the face frame exposed on all sides (left, right, top & bottom).

An image of a kitchen island showcasing a standard overlay reveal on framed cabinetry.

Beautiful white kitchen featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry in framed construction, showcasing the Standard Overlay door Oxford Classic.

An image showing a sample of Dura Supreme Cabinetry's Standard Overlay door styles

A Full Overlay door style overlaps the face frame of the cabinet by 1 1/4", leaving a 1/4" of the face frame exposed. 

An image of a kitchen island showcasing full overlay reveal on framed cabinetry.

An image of a kitchen island showcasing a full overlay reveal on framed cabinetry.

An image of a Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen showcasing a full overlay reveal on framed cabinet construction.

For more Full Overlay door style options, click here.

An inset door is installed flush (integrated) within the face frame opening leaving the entire 1 ½” face frame exposed.

An image of a kitchen island showcasing Inset door style reveal on framed cabinetry.

An image of a Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen showcasing a Inset doory style reveal on framed cabinet construction.

For more Inset door style options, click here.

Frameless Cabinetry

Dura Supreme’s Bria Frameless cabinets are also referred to as “European” or “Full-Access” cabinets do no have a face frame as the name indicates. Frameless cabinets have ¾” furniture board panels that are manufactured using wooden dowels and glue and the back of the cabinet is dado-ed into the top, bottom and sides of the cabinet box. Since there is no face frame the cabinet ends are automatically flush.

an image showing the construction of frameless construction cabinetry.

 Furthermore, frameless cabinets offer more accessibility verses frame cabinets. This is due to the fact that there is not an inside edge of a frame projecting into the cabinet opening. This allows an easier access to the cabinet interior as well as a larger opening to store plates, platers and cookware. The larger opening also allows for a wider drawer box in the frameless cabinetry compared to the frame cabinets of the exact same width. For example, a 15” wide four (4) drawer base cabinet in framed construction will have a 10 ¼” opening width while in the frameless cabinet of the same size will give you a 12” opening width. That additional 1 ¼” per drawer really adds you when you are trying to maximize your storage space!

One other benefit to frameless cabinetry is that this style of construction allows for more flexibility in design and styling. For example, a frameless cabinet can be used in a Traditional design as well as a Modern design. Frameless cabinets only offer one overlay style, Full Overlay. The Full Overlay of a frameless cabinet completely covers the entire box, leaving only a 2mm reveal that creates a sleek, seamless appearance, making it a popular choice for modern and contemporary styled kitchens.

An image of a Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen showcasing frameless cabinet construction.

an image showing the construction of frameless construction cabinetry.

An image of a Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen showcasing frameless cabinet construction.

When choosing between framed and frameless cabinetry, the choice is ultimately up to you and your personal preference. The only difference between framed and frameless cabinets is the box construction. The structural quality and durability between the two types of construction is equal, you simply have two very different construction methods that offer two different distinct looks.

  

 

 

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