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Framed vs. Frameless
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When choosing cabinets you will have to decide between two cabinet constructions, framed or frameless.

Framed Cabinets

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Framed cabinets have face frames to which the cabinet doors are attached and the face frame has horizontal rails and vertical styles.  This cabinetry can be used in any area of the home.

There are three variations of framed cabinetry:  Traditional Overlay, Full Overlay and Inset.  Each type shows a different amount of the face frame.

Frameless Cabinets

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Frameless cabinets (also called European) have no face frame.  The hinges are secured to the inside of the cabinet, and the doors overlay the cabinet box.  This minimizes the space between doors when closed.

Frameless construction provides continuous symmetry of door and drawer lines outside with easy access to storage space inside. This style maximizes interior storage and drawer width.