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Framed or Frameless Cabinets

HTI - October 5, 2015

When deciding on cabinets, a major consideration is whether to go with framed or frameless cabinet construction. There are pros and cons to both, and either can be a good choice depending on your specific intent.

Framed cabinets have the benefit of sturdiness and strength. They have rails and stiles that create a ‘frame’ for the cabinet, and this frame provides dimension to the inside of the cabinet. The frame takes additional space on the inside of the cabinet, so full access is limited.

Frameless cabinetry, on the other hand, is a European stye that relies on thicker box construction rather than the frame to provide structure. There is no center stile for frameless cabinets, which provides more access to the storage below. As a result of not having a frame, the cabinets have a sleek and aesthetically minimal look to them. A major concern of frameless cabinets is racking, which happens when frameless cabinets are installed on an uneven wall or floor, resulting in the door looking misshapen.

When considering the options, it is important to think about the the countertop that will be chosen, and to have professional installers do both cabinet and countertop installation. The weight of a natural stone counter will need to be supported by the cabinets, so the more sturdy the cabinet, the better. Frameless cabinets are easier to install, but they still require a professional to ensure proper and safe results.

Contact HTI Granite and Cabinetry for more information about choosing the best cabinets for your home. Our expert staff has earned a prestigious reputation throughout the Denver area for providing exceptional and customized kitchen remodeling services. We can handle any of your installation or remodeling needs - we have access to the best products on the market, so call us today!