If you’re preparing to install brand-new kitchen cabinets, you may find it difficult to choose exactly what type of cabinetry is going to fit best in your home. Most traditional cabinets use face frames, but there are many frameless (Euro-style) cabinets options on the market that can give you a unique, modern appearance in your kitchen.
What exactly is the difference between face frame and Euro style cabinets? The primary difference is that frameless cabinets have visible front edges, versus face frame cabinets, which have a face frame made out of hardwood that attaches to the sides, top and bottom that is designed to block off those edges. Each side usually overhangs by about a quarter of an inch.
Here’s some information about some of the modern cabinet benefits in Phoenix, AZ to keep in mind as you make your cabinetry selection for your kitchen remodel.
Working with frameless cabinetry
Frameless cabinets can be a bit tougher to build and install than cabinets with face frames, simply because there’s no margin for error when it comes to your ability to hide flaws. The edges of the cabinets do not overhang like they do on face frame cabinets. For this reason, it takes a higher amount of skill to install frameless cabinets, and this means they will likely cost a bit more on average due to the increased level of difficulty.
Frameless cabinets are also often much heavier than face frame cabinets, and will frequently have tighter clearances for doors and drawers to make the panels look like they’re continuous. While this provides a seamless, clean appearance, it can also make the cabinets difficult to adjust in a precise manner, and the cabinet doors may need some readjusting every now and then to make sure they stay properly aligned. On face frame cabinets you’d typically have more space between cabinet doors and drawers, so any deviations that occur would become less noticeable.
However, there is one way in which frameless cabinets are slightly easier to design. Face frame cabinets have a hardwood frame that hangs over each side, which means it’s important to consider the actual dimensions of the cabinet versus the face frame size when lining up the cabinets on the walls to be hung. Frameless cabinets will have exact dimensions, especially in comparison to face frame cabinets, so you don’t need to do any extra math to account for them.
Finally, the methods of joining cabinets differ for frameless and face frame cabinets. Frameless cabinets get jointed to each other through the side panels, while face frame cabinets get joined through the hardwood face frames.
These are just a few of the issues you’ll want to consider when trying to decide between Euro-style frameless and face frame cabinets. For more information about modern cabinet benefits in Phoenix, AZ and the various options available to you, we encourage you to contact Authentic Custom Cabinetry today. We look forward to helping you determine which type of cabinets will work best in your home!