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Cabinet Construction:
Framed vs. Frameless Explained
Choosing the Perfect Cabinet Doors
for Your Home and Budget
Your cabinets are not only a major functional element of your home, but they are also a focal point and can set the style for the entire room. And, if you live in an open concept home, the style of your entire living space. It's always a good idea to educate yourself on your options. When it comes to your cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and side panels, you have several options in terms of style, materials used, and cost.
Your kitchen cabinet door and drawer fronts are a critical element in the aesthetic design of your new space. Cabinets provide a strong visual element, and also one of the most expensive items in the home. Styles range from traditional to contemporary, and there's a style available to meet every taste, design, and budget.

When your contractor or designer is talking about door types, they're not talking about door style. Though cabinet doors and drawers are essential in defining the style of your kitchen, design contractors are equally concerned with how they are constructed, classified, and described by the manufacturer.

Basically, there are four options. Partial overlay, full overlay, and inset are all available on framed construction cabinetry which is an American way to construct cabinets. Frameless (also known as full-access) originated as a European way to construct cabinetry. Here is a break down of each.
Partial Overlay Cabinetry Also known as "standard overlay," this type of door was the industry standard for many years and looks like it sounds. It's used on framed cabinetry, and the door partially covers the cabinet frame leaving a large gap around each door and drawer. The design exposes 1 to 2-inches of the cabinet face frame between the units. Because the drawer and door faces are smaller and use less material than a full overlay, this style can slightly cut manufacturing costs. Also less precision is used since the exposed frame hides size discrepancies. Partial overlay styles are often used in entry-level homes.
Full Overlay Cabinetry - Full overlay doors offer a sleek, modern look, similar to frameless. The doors and drawer fronts cover most of the cabinet face, with about a 1/4” reveal of the frame between cabinet units still showing. This smooth profile is an excellent look for transitional, modern, and contemporary style kitchens.
Full overlay doors affect the cost of manufacturing since the larger door and drawer fronts use more material, and more precision in making them.
Inset Cabinetry – Inset cabinetry is dramatically different than overlay types. The door and drawer fronts sit within the cabinet face frame openings, flush with the frame. Shaker, Craftsman, and Mission styles were the first type of cabinet door to be inset and have been around literally for centuries. Because it takes precision and craftsmanship to fit the door or drawer inside the face frame, inset doors use different hardware than overlay styles. Doorstops are required inside the cabinet box because the door does not rest or stop on the face frame when closed. For these reasons, inset door styles are typically more expensive than overlay styles.
Frameless (or Full-Access) Cabinetry – This type of cabinet making originated in Europe, and now is widely made in the United States by some manufacturers also. Most cabinet manufacturers are either Framed or Frameless but we carry a few brands that will do both construction styles. The door and drawer fronts sit on the outside of the cabinet box giving the least amount of cabinet reveal showing between them. This type of construction used to be only used in modern contemporary kitchens, but now because of the benefits of Frameless, even the most traditional kitchens are choosing Frameless as their go-to construction. Why you ask? Because Frameless construction does not have the frame on the front of the cabinet, so drawer boxes are wider and taller, and shelf space is not restricted (this the name "full-access". For these reasons, Framless cabinets are typically more expensive than framed overlay styles if they are made here in the United States.
Product Spotlight!
After learning all there is to know about cabinet construction, we want to share with you the brands of cabinetry we carry for all your cabinetry needs... whether you want Framed, Frameless or Inset, we have the brand for you! Contact us to make an appointment to discuss your cabinetry project, and we would be happy to show you all these brands in person in our showroom. We can also explain the difference between each type of construction with our samples. See more information at their websites HERE !
Enjoy a FREE Sink Base
with any Cabinetry purchase of 10 or more cabinets until the end of January!
Mention the code FREE CABINET when you order!
This Month's Feature Recipe
New Year's means new diets and resolutions, so here is a fun recipe that won't hurt those calorie counts. Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash has only 314 calories per serving, is extremely delicious, and super easy to make! Everyone will love it!
  • 1 spaghetti squash cut in half, seeds removed
  • non stick spray
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian season or use a mix of oregano, basil, thyme
  • 1/2 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese shredded

  1. In a microwave save dish, place your squash halves side by side. Add about 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the dish (water should be covering the bottom, but not more than 1/4 inch high). Place into microwave and cook on high for 9-11 minutes, or until squash is tender** Remove, and set aside for about 10 minutes to cool.
  2. In a skillet coated with nonstick spray, add red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add broccoli and garlic, stirring to combine. Add about 2 TBS water to the skillet, and turn up the heat. Saute for 3-5 more minutes, or until the chopped broccoli is tender. Add mixture to a large bowl, discarding any left over water.
  3. Using a fork, scrape out the flesh "spaghetti" of the squash, and add it to the large bowl with the broccoli mixture. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning to the mixture, stir to combine.
  4. Turn your broiler on medium/high. Distribute the mixture back into the squash shells, then sprinkle 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of each squash half. Place shells into an oven safe baking dish/pan.
  5. Place under broiler, watching carefully. Remove when cheese is bubbling and browned, about 2-3 minutes depending on how close the squash is to the broiler.
  6. Remove and enjoy!

**You can also cook in the oven - Place into a 350 degree oven on a baking sheet, flesh side down, cook for 50-60 minutes, or until squash is tender.
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Lexington, SC 29073
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