Planning your kitchen remodel is an exciting experience. However, it is filled with lots of decisions and choices. You can make the process go much smoother if you plan and learn the basics before you start. Determining the style you are going for is essential in the kitchen planning process. Are you going for a modern, transitional, or traditional look in the kitchen? The cabinetry that you choose will have a huge impact in successfully executing the design concept that you want to achieve.
Since kitchens today are becoming the hub of the home and a space for entertaining, it is important to choose the right kitchen cabinetry. The style, the color, the door design and the construction all help to achieve the look you want. There are so many options from slab door fronts or glossy cabinets for a modern kitchen; there is the shaker or mission door style that works perfect in the transitional kitchen and then there are the raised panel, cathedral style doors that are quintessential traditional kitchen and we can’t forget the beaded panel door for the cottage style kitchen. The kitchen door style essentially sets the overall look for your kitchen.
Framed Vs. Frameless Cabinetry
After you have chosen your kitchen cabinet door style and color, the next most important thing is framed or frameless cabinets. You would think that the name would say it all and it would be simple. However, when it comes to frameless vs. framed cabinets there is a lot of confusion and misconceptions that have to be cleared up. Several cabinet manufacturers offer both versions in their cabinet lines. It is customary for the frameless cabinets to be more expensive than the framed cabinets. This is largely due to the styles that are offered in the frameless cabinets are more sleek, sexy and modern and are classified as more European style.
The framed cabinets are the more traditional type of cabinet construction and has been around for centuries. If you go into an older home built in the 50’s or 60’s, more than likely, the kitchen cabinets will be framed cabinets. Usually they will have awful looking hinges on the outside of the cabinetry and when you open the doors the wall and base cabinets will have a center rail in the middle. The center rail separates the double doors and made it difficult to store items.
In cabinet lines today, framed cabinet design has improved immensely. Several cabinet manufacturers offer framed cabinets without the center rail. Also in the framed cabinetry, there is a border that is approximately 1.5 – 2 inches that hides the cabinet box edge. Another great feature about the framed cabinetry is that the frame provides extra strength and support to the cabinet. The cabinet door is attached to the side of the frame, typically with hidden hinges inside with most cabinet manufactures, such as Kraftmaid, DuraSupreme, and Kemper. When doors are mounted on the inside and a reveal of the frame is shown, this is commonly known as a partial overlay door. Full overlay doors and inset cabinet doors, can be used with framed cabinets, offering you a customized look for your cabinetry.
A cabinet that shows no face frame and that has cabinet doors attached directly on the sides of the cabinet box are referred to as frameless cabinets. The frameless cabinet construction is also commonly known as Euro Design. In the frameless cabinet, the cabinet doors usually cover the entire opening of the cabinet. This design concept is known as full-overlay. One of the great features of a frameless cabinet is that it provides the maximum amount of space and full access to the inside of the cabinet. In the frameless cabinet, there are larger wall and base cabinets and drawers than with framed cabinets. The construction of a frameless cabinet can come in plywood, furniture board, particleboard or MDF.
Click on the following to read more:
Cabinetry construction deconstructed – Framed vs. Frameless Cabinetry – Dura-Spreme
Cabinets 101: Framed vs. Frameless Cabinets – Cabinets 4-U
Cabinet Construction: Framed vs. Frameless Cabinets – Master Brand