Framed Vs Frameless


What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here.There has been a lot of changes in the cabinet industry over the years and there is no bigger confusion than a framed cabinet versus a frameless cabinet.  Traditionally, American manufacturers have built cabinets using a framed construction.  The cabinet box is constructed with a 1-1/2″ face frame that is attached to the front of the box.  This allows for the cabinets to be attached via the face frame. Below is a picture of both a framed and frameless cabinet.

What’s the difference in these two methods of cabinet construction? Most people aren’t aware that different types exist. I bet if they were made aware they would be more careful before remodeling their kitchen.

“Framed” cabinets, or “face frame” cabinets have a wooden frame around the cabinet opening. The hinges are mounted to the frame and a lip is created around the perimeter of the opening. There is often a center stile in between the doors of any double door cabinet. This used to be more of an American standard.


Frameless Kitchen cabinets construction is a European way of manufacturing cabinets that has become popular among American homeowners seeking simple, more contemporary cabinet designs. In the first place 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. In conclusion only full overlay doors can be used, with hinges attached directly to the sides of the cabinet box.