Cabinet Styles

There are two basic types of cabinet boxes, FRAMED and FRAMELESS (also called Full-Access or European style).

Framed cabinets have a face frame added to the front of the cabinet box, and frameless, as you might have guessed, have no added face frame. Frameless cabinetry is most often found in Europe and framed cabinetry is more of an American standard.  Within the FRAMED category are several options for the treatment of the cabinet doors.

 

 

Standard Overlay Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts

 

Standard_Overlay_KitchenThe doors and drawer fronts overlap the openings in the face frame so that you can see about 1″ of face frame on all sides of the door and drawer front. The amount of exposed face frame is called the reveal.

 

 

Full Overlay Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts

 

Full_Overlay_KitchenThis style has a smaller reveal than Standard Overlay. The doors and drawer fronts overlap the cabinet openings so that only ¼” or less of face frame is exposed on all sides. Frameless cabinetry has only the full overlay option for cabinet doors and drawer fronts. 

Inset Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts

Inset_KitchenInset doors are set inside the face frame of the cabinet and are flush with the frame. Many older homes, which still have their original cabinets, will have inset doors. Today they are a popular choice for designing in a Shaker or Arts & Crafts style. It takes careful craftsmanship to create inset doors that fit well and can maintain that fit through seasonal temperature and humidity changes within the home.

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