Cabinets play a pivotal role in most spaces, both commercial and residential. Restaurants, hotels, classrooms, kitchens, laboratories, corporate offices, common areas, and more. They’re a permanent fixture that contribute to the overall aesthetic and interior design of spaces. They allow us to hide and store a plethora of “things” so that the space appears clean and uncluttered, and may play a pivotal role in helping to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness
When designing or updating a space, whether an exhibit room, classroom, or kitchen, consider the characteristics of both styles of cabinets.
What’s the difference between framed and frameless cabinets?
In framed cabinetry, also called face frame, a frame, similar to a flat picture frame is attached to the front of the cabinet box. This is a widely used type of traditional cabinet construction. When doors are attached, the hardware is secured to the frame of the cabinet.
Frameless cabinetry means that there is no frame used in the construction of the cabinet box. This is a more European style and method to cabinet construction. Often, this type of cabinet offers a more modern and clean aesthetic. In frameless cabinetry, the hardware for doors and such is attached directly to the sides of the cabinet. This type of cabinetry offers a bit more storage space than framed cabinetry.
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Framed: Traditional look, common in the United States.
Frameless: Contemporary, clean look. More European.
Framed cabinets are considered the sturdier construction of the two styles due to the added frame material, though both are widely accepted for commercial and residential applications.
Frameless cabinets offer more storage than framed cabinets.
Frameless cabinets are typically more cost effective than framed cabinets, as they require less material.
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Which style do you prefer?