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May 22, 2014

Frameless Cabinets: Better Use of Space


Still trying to decide which style of kitchen cabinetry will work best with your needs? European style cabinets - also known as frameless - provide several benefits and advantages. Let's take a look...

We know that most Americans, on average, spend approximately 90% of their time indoors according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Although it may seem like a small fact, it becomes critical when designing and improving your kitchen for efficiency and usability.

If your living space or kitchen is small, frameless cabinets can play a very important role in your rearrangement or renovation of the kitchen space. In a frameless construction cabinet doors and drawers are sized almost evenly with the outer frame. This allows for several things including a more effective storage area because it becomes extremely easy to reach into the interior of the cabinet (much more accessible). This also allows for a more efficient use of actual space requiring less cabinetry.

The clean square look of a frameless cabinet also provides a more modern and contemporary look. If you are concern with quality, we can say that both styles of cabinetry, whether face framed or frameless, provide the same sturdiness if built with good solid quality materials. I often quote our planning & design manager at Counter Intelligence when he says; “you can give the same ingredients to two different chefs, but the end result will vary based on their actual experience.”

Frameless cabinet

The traditional way American cabinets have been made is by using a wood frame (or face framed cabinet). This style of cabinetry has dominated the North American kitchen cabinet market for many decades. On the other hand, frameless cabinets dominate the European cabinet industry, making it the most popular choice in Europe, Asia, South America, and now starting to pick up in North America.

I believe what makes this style of cabinet popular in other countries is the forceful need to make use of smaller kitchen spaces. I have personally lived in South America in several homes actually and construction is very different compared to the United States in terms of space. Kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms are very small in size there.

Don’t get me wrong, if you are lucky enough to have a large kitchen with plenty of space, then face framed cabinets would look stupendous giving you a more traditional look. At the end it comes down to a few key things for most home owners in this order: look, feel, effectiveness and cost.


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