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Kitchen Cabinet Basic Elements
Kitchen cabinets conform to two basic styles, known as Framed and Frameless. The difference is not so much in how they’re constructed, but rather in how they look and how much of the inside of the cabinet is easily accessible.
Framed Kitchen Cabinet
This means there is a wooden frame attached to the front of the cabinet. Please see the picture below for an example.
That front piece is the frame. It is to the frame that the door attaches and against which the cabinet door and drawer front touch.
Amongst framed cabinets are different ways the doors and drawer fronts fit:
Full overlay means the frame is completely covered by the cabinet door and drawer frame when they’re closed.
Partial overlay means the frame is partially covered by the cabinet door and drawer frame when they’re closed.
Full inset means the cabinet door and drawer front fit into and are flush with the face of the frame when they’re closed.
Frameless cabinets have no front frame. See the picture below.
Frameless cabinets offer greater access to the insides as there is no front frame you must reach around or behind to store or get stuff. These are often referred to as European cabinets as they are popular in Europe.
Cabinet doors have to be either full overlay (cabinet front edges are not seen when door is closed) or full insert (cabinet door sits within and flush with cabinet front edges).
They really aren’t any. Whether you prefer framed or frameless is a matter of personal style.
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