Kitchen Cabinets 101 with Tim Howard

Today's topic: Framed Vs. Frameless Cabinets

Today I’d like to talk briefly about the two styles of cabinets, commonly referred to as “Framed” verses “Frameless” cabinets, as well as show some beautiful examples from our showroom located in Greenville, SC!

Framed Cabinets

Let’s start by discussing framed cabinets. (As seen above) As you can see here, this cabinet has a face frame around the opening, typically 1 ½ inches on each side. Such a frame has no impact on the look of the door or drawer, it simply refers to the box portion of the cabinet. A framed cabinet WILL impact the amount of storage inside of a drawer, as well as the opening space on an upper or lower cabinet. The reduction is about 3 inches, due to the frame.

Frameless Cabinets

A frameless cabinet (As seen above)is the upgrade from a framed box, often referred to as European design. You can see it is full access with no reveal, and the door covers everything. The hardware for the doors will be hinged to the inside of the cabinet wall. This style is easy to maintain, easy to store larger items inside such as platters and bowls, and easy to wipe down clean.

It all comes down to style and /or accessibility preference. Both cabinet styles, when installed properly by a master cabinetry shop, will be durable and beautiful for years to come! Ask us at HGI Cabinetry to see the different styles up close, and we’d be happy to walk you through your decision process!

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