Framed vs Frameless Cabinets

Ever wonder what the difference between a frame and frameless cabinet is? Well don’t worry this is a question that a lot of people ask.

Framed Cabinets

Framed vs Frameless Cabinets

In framed cabinets component parts make up the sides, back, top and bottom. These parts are then joined together and attached to a face frame, which is the main support for the cabinet. Then the doors and drawers fit in one of two ways; flush with the frame (inset), or completely overlaying the frame (overlay).

The framed method of construction offers less interior storage space, because the interior size of the drawers or roll out accessories is smaller than the overall width of the cabinet.

Frameless Cabinets


With frameless cabinets, the case parts do not need a face frame for stability or squareness because of the thickness of the parts, the doors and drawers cover the entire face of the cabinet. The major advantages of frameless cabinets are the total accessibility to the interior and the clean simple design statement made by the finished product.

Frameless cabinets also have the great advantage of giving more room for drawers and pull out shelves that a framed cabinet does not.

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