What Are Frameless Cabinets

July 21, 2017

Frameless cabinets are cabinets that are constructed without the use of a wooden front frame. The cabinet box is constructed thicker of engineered wood products, usually 5/8” to ¾” thick with a front edge that is covered with many different decorative bandings from solid wood to plastic resins. Doors and drawers are mounted directly to the cabinet box. Frameless cabinetry usually uses a European 32mm system for drilling and machining. Wooden dowels and screws are the preferred methods for frameless assembly but cam hardware systems are often used for products sold as Ready to Assemble (RTA) to consumers. Because there is no front frame used in the construction, frameless cabinetry openings are about 1” wider and higher than frame cabinetry. This allows for slightly more storage in the cabinet.

What are the Pros and Cons between frame and frameless cabinetry?

Because of the thicker materials used in construction, frameless cabinetry tends to be heavier than framed cabinetry. Most companies take this into consideration when engineering frameless cabinetry but special attention should be taken when fastening cabinets to the walls especially in commercial applications where metal studs are used. Also, during the installation process, it is important to mount cabinets plumb and square so that the cabinets do not “rack” which will cause doors and drawers to sit uneven and not close properly. Professional kitchen designers will also minimize the use of fillers to keep a uniform look. When fillers are used, they should have overlays applied to keep this look.  Framed cabinetry, especially those incorporating plywood construction is usually lighter than frameless cabinetry but are still very strong because of the front frame. The spacing between doors and drawer fronts make slight inconsistencies caused by the installation process less noticeable.



Which one should I choose?

Consumers will usually find that the decision of whether to purchase framed or frameless cabinetry will be based on style and personal taste rather than construction. Frameless cabinetry works better with flat slab doors although newer transitional door styles also lend themselves to this design. Frameless cabinetry has doors and drawer fronts that are much closer together which makes the cabinets behind them almost invisible. This will deliver a contemporary, clean look with everything in line and on the same plane of view. Some flat slab door styles incorporate horizontal graining or patterns to enhance this continuous appearance. When working with a designer you will usually want to limit the use of ornate moldings or decorative hardware.



Why should I choose frameless cabinets from LifeDesign Home?

You have decided that the styles and ascetics of frameless cabinetry is for you. Why choose LifeDesign Home for your new dream kitchen? When we engineered our line of frameless cabinetry, we did not cut corners. We designed the line to have the correct selection of cabinetry to back up the design concept. Here are some points to consider:


  • Hardware: Our frameless cabinetry incorporates blum LEGRABOX metal sided drawer systems with full extension soft close features and Hettich Sensys hinges for smooth operations for years to come.


  • Construction: The LifeDesign Home European frameless line uses a unique combination of plywood construction and thermofused melamine technology to provide solid construction and superior wearability of interior and exterior surfaces. Our base cabinets come with adjustable legs to aid in installation and deeper 550 mm drawer boxes. Our cabinetry features dowel and screw construction which allows our customers to order their cabinetry fully assembled or ready to assemble to fit your needs. All exposed edges of all components are banded with thick PVC edge banding to further enhance moisture resistance.


  • Customizable: LifeDesign Home European cabinetry is not a custom cabinet line. However, since we are factory direct to you, our Designers work with our custom millwork staff in our Modification Department to provide you with a limited amount of specialized cabinets to fit specific needs.



Whether you choose framed or frameless cabinetry in your new kitchen we hope you will contact us at LifeDesignhome.com and consider us in the design of your dream kitchen.


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