To understand the concept of framed or frameless kitchen cabinets, please refer to the pictures below.
The phrase “framed” or “frameless” refers to the front of the cabinet.
The picture on the left shows a framed cabinet where there is wood around the edges of the front of the cabinet which you see when the doors are close.
The picture on the right shows a frameless cabinet where you see no wood around the edges of the doors, because there isn’t any to see.
With framed cabinets, the wood pieces have names.
The horizontal pieces (running across the top and bottom) are called “rails”.
The vertical pieces (running up and down on the left and right sides) are called “styles”.
I hope this information is useful to you. Other details about cabinet construction is available in other articles.