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In cabinet construction and making, there are two different style of cabinet boxes:
Framed cabinet boxes have a face frame, where the cabinet door is attached to. The cabinet box frame when framed is solid wood.
For frameless cabinet boxes, there is no front frame of the cabinet. These cabinet boxes are usually thicker to make up for no front face frame. The only door style available to be made with a frameless box is an overlay door. Frameless cabinets are sleek and seamless.
As the name suggests, frameless cabinetry does not have a front frame. The frame relies on thicker box construction for stability. 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. Without a face frame, the only door configuration available is a frameless overlay door with reveals of ⅛”. This creates a sleek seamless look making frameless cabinetry a popular choice for transitional and contemporary designs. This is an example of a frameless cabinet door.
Framed cabinet construction has been the most common type of cabinetry manufactured in the United States. In addition to top, bottom and side panels, the box of a framed cabinet has a face frame. The face frame helps to keep the cabinet square during shipping and installation and provides strength and stability. The cabinet box frame is constructed of solid wood while the rest of the box, depending on the cabinet line, can be made from engineered furniture board or plywood. In framed cabinetry, the door hinges and drawer glides are secured to the face frame as opposed to the side panels. This is an example of framed inset cabinetry.
In a standard overlay, the doors are slightly larger than the cabinet opening, exposing more of the cabinet's frame. The most apparent visible difference is the wide space between the doors and drawers. Small cabinet doors and wider spacing makes it the lowest cost cabinetry configuration.
In a full overlay style, the doors typically have about 1/8” reveal from the edge of the cabinet. This style leaves very little frame exposed, so when the cabinets are joined you hardly see any of the frame. The smaller opening requires a tighter manufacturing tolerance making them a little more expensive than standard overlay.
An inset door is recessed into the face frame creating a flush front on the cabinet requiring very tight tolerances. Due to the hand-crafted manufacturing process, this style is usually only available in a custom cabinet lines and typically is the most expensive option. Inset doors are often considered more desirable because they look more like furniture than cabinetry.