The Cost of the Neglected Inch

You guessed it – we’re talking about framed versus frameless cabinet construction. Let’s dive right in to explore the cost of the neglected inch – the two cabinet construction types and why we recommend frameless all day, every day. 

Framed vs Frameless Explained 

Framed cabinets are the traditional construction model used by American cabinet makers. A 1-1½” frame is attached to the front of the cabinet box, providing a lip for the door hinges (and thus the doors) to be secured to. 

Frameless cabinets – sometimes referred to as “full access” cabinets – are a European construction model that eliminates the frame from the design. Instead, the cabinet box is built sturdier so that the door hinges can be attached directly to it. 

This European construction model eliminates the frame from the design.

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Why Should I Care? 

By doing a little quick math, I’m sure you realize we’re talking a matter of 2-3” of storage gained with a frameless cabinet construction. You may be asking, “Why are you making such a big deal out of a few inches?”  

Those inches may not seem significant now but think back throughout your life to how many times something *just barely* didn’t fit. Imagine completing your kitchen renovation and excitedly moving all of your supplies to their new homes. You try to fit your big soup pot in a drawer and lo and behold, it doesn’t fit by a mere ¼”. Or it just barely fits but you scrape your knuckles every time you go to take it out. No one wants that. 

You said frameless cabinets are a European model. Can I get them here? 

Absolutely. Frameless cabinets have been growing in popularity in the United States for years. Prodigy is committed to staying at the forefront of cabinet design, so we knew this was an option we had to offer to you! Fill out our online contact form for more information or help ordering. Follow @ProdigyCabinetry for more cabinet design inspiration!