What's the Difference: Cabinets
Face-frame or frameless?
Following World War II, there was great demand in Europe for cabinets but not a lot of wood with which to make them, so frameless cabinets became popular. Today, most European cabinets are frameless, and those two adjectives have become almost synonymous to kitchen designers. Because there was no corresponding wood shortage in the United States, face-frame cabinets continued to be the norm, and they still are today. However, frameless construction has made some big inroads, and frameless cabinets are appearing in more American homes.
Why choose one style over the other? Here are some differences to consider.
Photos: left, Scott Phillips; right, Krysta S. Doerfler