Prior to make a purchase of your new cabinetry, it's important that you're able to identify the difference between two categories of case construction, which are commonly known as "framed" and "frameless" cabinets. While all cabinets serve the same purpose of storage, different cabinet constructions provide an overall different look and feel. With the increasingly heightened awareness in fashion designs, understanding the different constructions can often help in deciding the more appropriate cabinet for your home.
Face Frame Cabinetry
Framed cabinetry refers to cabinetry built with a face frame. The cabinet's carcass (the side panels of the cabinet) is attached to a solid wood frame in the front, and then the frame attaches to the door. Framed cabinets were the standard in years past, its horizontal rails and vertical stiles frame provides rigidity and stabilizing the construction, it also tends to be more installation-friendly for homeowners who are willing to do-it-yourselfer. However, the basic design of the frame sometimes limits cabinet space and accessibility.
The Frameless Cabinet
As the name implies, frameless cabinetry differs from framed in that the cabinet has no face frame. It has been popular in Europe for decades, but it wasn't introduced here in the states until rather recently. Frameless cabinet allows for full access to the more open interior storage space, making cleaning a much easier task to do. Also, because there is no hardwood frame to show off, a faceless cabinet door completely covers the box from view, and creates a seamless, contemporary appearance from door to door. In the traditional sense, the frameless cabinetry tends to be more affordable since less material is used. Some concerns arise during design and installation of this type of construction, designers required to insure proper clearance between these full overlay doors and adjacent cabinets and appliances of the plan, while the fit and finish of the cabinets to adjacent walls and the overhead ceiling requires knowledge about the use of scribe trim molding and fillers.
Talk to a Professional Cabinet Maker & Installer
If you're in demand of purchasing new cabinetry, no matter modern look with elegant moldings and trim pieces, or the traditional simple straight lines of a high-gloss slab door, Cabinet & Stone City is able to provide more refined, quality products to fit your detailed specifications. CSC offers both framed and frameless cabinetry in different styling and finish, so please visit our showroom and meet with our designing expertise.
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