There are lots of questions involved in designing a new kitchen – what type of wood and finish to use, standard or custom-made cabinets, which appliances to choose. The list goes on. One big choice is whether to opt for face frame or frameless cabinets. For many kitchen designers, the choice is clear:
Frameless cabinets are the best option.
Before we go into the benefits of frameless kitchen cabinets, we’ll offer a few words of explanation. Face frame cabinets are commonly used in stock cabinets. Vertical stiles and horizontal rails surround the cabinet box, and the cabinet doors rest on the surface of the frame. In frameless construction, doors attach directly to the sides of the cabinet box. Cabinet makers – and their customers – are increasingly discovering the many benefits of frameless kitchen cabinets:
- Sleek look of full overlay cabinet doors
- Elimination of the center post (typically 2-3 inches wide) at the front of the cabinet, allowing easier access to what’s in your cupboard
- Kitchen drawers are wider and taller when there is no frame to interfere
- Frameless cabinetry is more economical (and reduces the environmental footprint on our forests), requiring 30 to 40 fewer board feet of wood than face frame cabinetry
To sum it all up, frameless construction will look fabulous, provide increased storage in both cabinet and drawer space, allow easier access, and SAVE you money!
To complement your fantastic frameless cabinets, you’ll want to be sure to select high quality hinges and drawer slides. Soft-close hardware is a preferred choice for many kitchen shoppers, ensuring drawers and cabinets close gently and eliminating the dreaded slamming doors! High-functioning hinges and slides that provide peace of mind AND peace and quiet? Sounds great to us.
For these and your other kitchen questions, call or visit NorthWoods. We’d love to talk shop with you!