How to Choose Between Framed and Frameless Cabinets

How to Choose Between Framed and Frameless Cabinets

The right cabinets can make or break a room and there are few decisions when selecting new cabinets which have a bigger effect on the functionality of your cabinets than deciding on a framed or frameless face. There are pros and cons to both cabinet choices and it is largely a matter of personal style preferences.

Framed Cabinets

For homes being designed with a traditional style in mind a framed cabinet is an absolute must. As the name implies, a framed cabinet includes framing on the front of each cabinet which the doors of the cabinet are then attached to directly.  Cabinets with framed faces benefit from the broader frame around the interior face of the cabinet with increased strength. This results in a more stable door however it does also bring with it the trade off of reducing the size of your cabinet’s opening.

Frameless Cabinets

The alternative to framed cabinets is a frameless design where the front of the cabinet features no additional structure around the perimeter and the doors are attached to the sides of the cabinet. Rooms with frameless cabinets are traditionally designed with modern or European styles in mind. Because there is not a face frame behind the door frameless cabinets have wider openings than their framed counterparts, however they can be more susceptible to damage if you hit them when putting objects in or taking objects out. Some manufacturers will construct the boxes of frameless cabinets with thicker materials in order to increase the durability and stability of the cabinets.

If you are unsure which style is right for you the best course of action is to speak with a professional. Discuss the options with your interior designer if you are using one, or with your cabinet supplier if you are not using a designer. They can use their experience to help guide you to the best fit.