Frameless vs. Framed

Choose & Compare the Cabinets that are Right for You!

Frameless

Tivoli

Tivoli

Frameless
Nominal ¾” Plywood Box Construction
Interior
White/Grey Linen Thermofused Melamine Carcass
Drawer/Door
Engineered Wood Door and Drawer Faces
Drawer System
Pre-Assembled Blum Legra Drawer System
Hinges
Hettich Sensys Adjustable 110° Soft-Close
Feet
Adjustable Black Leg Support Included

Frameless

Ravenna

Ravenna

Frameless
Nominal ¾” Plywood Box Construction
Interior
White/Grey Linen Thermofused Melamine Carcass
Drawer/Door
Engineered Wood Door and Drawer Faces
Drawer System
Pre-Assembled Blum Legra Drawer System
Hinges
Hettich Sensys Adjustable 110° Soft-Close
Feet
Adjustable Black Leg Support Included

Frameless

Milan

Milan

Frameless
Nominal ¾” Particleboard Box Construction
Interior
Grey Wood Thermofused Melamine Carcass
Drawer/Door
Engineered Wood Door and Drawer Faces
Drawer System
¾” Extension Bottom Mount Epoxy Euro
Hinges
Adjustable 110° Degree Soft-Close Hinge
Feet
Integrated Matching Toe Kick

Framed

Stratton

Stratton

Frame
Birch Frame w/MDF & Wood Center Panel
Interior
Ultra-Violet Coated, Natural Painted Finished Interior
Drawer/Door
Solid Wood Full Overlay DoveTail Doora & Drawers
Drawer System
Under Mount Epoxy Drawer Glides
Hinges
Concealed European Style Hinges
Panel
Five Piece Recessed Front Panel

Framed

Shaker

Shaker

Frame
½” Plywood Box with Painted Exterior
Interior
Ultra-Violet Coated, Natural Wood Finished Interior
Drawer/Door
Solid Wood Full Overlay DoveTail Doors & Drawers
Drawer System
Full Extension Epoxy Soft-Close Drawer Glides
Hinges
Concealed European Hinges w/ Soft-Close
Panel
Five Piece Recessed HDF Front Door

Framed

Tinsley

Tinsley

Frame
½” Plywood Box with Painted Exterior
Interior
Ultra-Violet Coated, Natural Wood Finished Interior
Drawer/Door
Solid Wood Full Overlay DoveTail Doors & Drawers
Drawer System
Full Extension Epoxy Soft-Close Drawer Glides
Hinges
Concealed European Hinges w/ Soft-Close
Panel
Five Piece Recessed HDF Front Door

Framed

Youngstown

Youngstown

Frame
½” Plywood Box with Painted Exterior
Interior
Ultra-Violet Coated, Natural Wood Finished Interior
Drawer/Door
Solid Wood Full Overlay DoveTail Doors & Drawers
Drawer System
Full Extension Epoxy Soft-Close Drawer Glides
Hinges
Concealed European Hinges w/ Soft-Close
Panel
Five Piece Recessed HDF Front Door

Framed

Chesapeake

Chesapeake

Frame
½” Plywood Box with Painted Exterior
Interior
Ultra-Violet Coated, Natural Wood Finished Interior
Drawer/Door
Solid Wood Full Overlay DoveTail Doors & Drawers
Drawer System
Full Extension Epoxy Soft-Close Drawer Glides
Hinges
Concealed European Hinges w/ Soft-Close
Panel
Five Piece Recessed HDF Front Door

Framed vs. Frameless Cabinets

WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU?

When choosing cabinets, there are two types of construction to consider: framed or frameless cabinetry. Both provide endless design possibilities and their own unique advantages. Here are some things to consider as you decide which type of cabinet construction is best for you.

WHAT IS FRAMED CABINETRY?

Framed cabinet construction consists of rails and stiles that create a face frame

American cabinet manufacturers have traditionally built cabinets using a framed construction. In this type of cabinet construction, the rails and stiles form a 1-1/2 inch face “frame” at the front of the cabinet box. This frame resembles a flat picture frame that is attached to the door front, giving added dimension to the door front.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF FRAMED CABINETRY?

Close up of frame and hinge on framed cabinet door

In framed cabinetry, the cabinet doors are secured to the frame, which gives the cabinet strength and sturdiness. Framed cabinets attach the door hinges to the frame face and shelves, and are usually, but not always, adjustable. Partial and full overlay, as well as inset cabinet doors, can be used with framed cabinets, giving you many design possibilities for creating a customized look for your cabinetry.

WHAT IS FRAMELESS CABINETRY?

A frameless cabinet open with bowls on shelves

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

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF FRAMELESS CABINETRY?

Frameless cabinet drawer opened

In frameless construction, cabinets do not have a face frame attached to the front of the cabinet box. After they have been installed, all you will see are the flat door and drawer fronts, providing a sleek, simple aesthetic that can work with many design themes throughout the home.

Frameless cabinets do not have a center stile coming down in the middle of the two cabinet doors, providing easier access to the items inside, as well as more storage space to work with. The shelves are typically adjustable. Drawers in frameless cabinetry also tend to be larger because of the space saved by not having a face frame attached to the front.

Frameless Cabinet Cutout

Framed Cabinet Cutout

Explore All of Our Cabinet Styles Below

Frameless Door Styles

Milan
Gray Wave

 

Ravenna
Caramel Sand

 

Ravenna
Ocean Shore

 

Tivoli
Dark Wave

 

Tivoli
Gray Wave

 

Tivoli
White Pearl

 

Framed Door Styles

Chesapeake Sable

Chesapeake
Sable

Chesapeake Vintage White

Chesapeake
Vintage White

Shaker Antique White

Shaker
Antique White

Shaker Dusk

Shaker
Dusk

Shaker Espresso

Shaker
Espresso

Shaker Gray

Shaker
Gray

Shaker White

Shaker
White

Stratton Mocha

Stratton
Mocha

Stratton Sienna

Stratton
Sienna

Stratton White

Stratton
White

Tinsley White

Tinsley
White

Youngstown Cocoa

Youngstown
Cocoa

Youngstown Vintage White

Youngstown
Vintage White

Youngstown Cocoa

Youngstown
Cocoa

Youngstown Vintage White

Youngstown
Vintage White

Tinsley White

Tinsley
White

Shaker White

Shaker
White

Shaker Gray

Shaker
Gray

Shaker Espresso

Shaker
Espresso

Shaker Dusk

Shaker
Dusk

Shaker Antique White

Shaker
Antique White

Chesapeake Sable

Chesapeake
Sable

Chesapeake Vintage White

Chesapeake
Vintage White