Choosing the right cabinetry is the key to creating a great kitchen or bath space. There are different types of cabinet options to choose from; however, it depends on your budget, decor, taste among others. In this guide, let’s talk about the different types of cabinet options available and how they influence your kitchen/bath remodeling.
The inset cabinetry sports a unique design wherein the doors and drawers fit inside of the face frame openings, offering a full view of the cabinet frame and sitting flush with the cabinet facade. Each cabinet box features a 1½” face frame while the doors have no center stile. The doors and drawer of an inset cabinet usually sit flush with the face frame, offering a minimalist and modern look. The door hinges are typically hidden and adjustable. Many inset cabinets also use MDF door panels to prevent cracking or warping in extreme temperatures. While framed (aka face framed) cabinets dominated the North American kitchen cabinet industry for decades, today, inset cabinets have begun making inroads into the cabinet industry.
Features of Inset Cabinets
- Frame boxes with each cabinet box having a 1½” face frame
- The doors and drawers sit flush with the face frame.
- No center stiles
- Door hinges are usually concealed and adjustable
Benefits of Inset Cabinets
- Clean lines, flush inset doors and drawers offer a modern look
- Allow personalization with beaded and non-beaded inserts
- Easy modification with color and finish options, moldings and embellishments
What is a Framed Cabinet?
A framed cabinet is a cabinet with a solid wood face frame attached to the front of the unit, where the doors and drawers are attached to the face frame of the cabinet. In framed cabinets, there’s a 1½” inch face frame that consists of rails and stiles (horizontal and vertical members of face frame), infusing structural integrity in the cabinet construction. In other words, the face front is like a flat picture frame which is attached to the door front, offering added dimension to the door front.
Features of Framed Cabinets
- Feature a solid wood face frame (usually ¾” x 1½”)
- Cabinet box panels in varying thickness (⅜” to ¾”)
- Use different door styles, i.e, inset doors, full and partial overlay doors
- Hinges and glides are mounted on the solid wood face frame
Advantages of Face Framed Cabinets
- Since the cabinet doors are attached to the solid wood face frame, the cabinet is usually sturdy.
- The door hinges are fastened to the face frame and shelves, which makes them adjustable.
- Face framed cabinets offer plenty of customization options including partial overlay, full overlay and inset cabinet doors.
- In many cases, frame cabinets are easier to install than frameless cabinets.
- Face framed cabinets are usually easier to accessorize; e.g, crown moldings can be mounted directly on the face frame.
What is a Frameless Cabinet?
A frameless cabinet is essentially a cabinet box without any face frame. In the absence of a face frame, a frameless cabinet essentially relies on the thicker box construction in order to offer stability and sturdiness to the unit. Unlike framed cabinets, frameless cabinets always use full overlay doors while the hinges are fastened directly to the the sides of the cabinet box.
Features of Frameless Cabinets
- Also known as European or 32mm cabinets
- No face frame
- Thicker box construction (½” to ¾” thick)
- Always use full overlay doors
- Hinges/glides are mounted directly to cabinet walls
- Drawers are 1” wider than that of face framed cabinets
Benefits of Frameless Cabinets
- Frameless cabinets offer a minimalist and clean facade, thanks to the lack of a face frame. The flat door and drawer offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the unit. The elegant simplicity in this aesthetics makes the unit versatile enough to blend into any type of kitchen remodel projects.
- The lack of a center stile means cleaner look, easier access to items stored inside and more storage area to work with.
- Shelves in frameless cabinets are typically adjustable.
- The absence of a face frame results in the drawer being wider and larger, meaning more storage space.
Framed vs Frameless Cabinets: Which is Better?
While frame cabinets were pretty popular in the past, frameless and inset cabinets are increasingly found their way into modern kitchen and bathrooms these days.
At Maplevilles, we are a leading cabinet manufacturer and supplier, specializing in the premium inset and overlay cabinetry. We’re the number one provider of inset kitchen cabinets in all of Southern California. We also maintain a nationwide network of reseller partners, retailers, contractors, builders and interior designers throughout the country.