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There are three main differences within custom cabinetry: Framed, Full Access, or Inset.
Framed Cabinetry: A framed cabinet has a solid wood frame on the front called a face frame. The face frame is usually made of solid hardwood and the same wood species as the cabinet doors. Each frame is composed of both vertical (stiles) and horizontal (rails) members. The hinges for the doors and drawer glides are attached to the face frame. This type of construction is typically more traditional looking – however, there are many contemporary door styles that are available with framed construction. Some contractors or some rooms are better suited for framed cabinetry.
Full Access AKA Frameless: This type of cabinetry has no wood frame on the front of the cabinet. The main advantage to full access is it allows greater accessibility (15-18% more) into the cabinet and better use of the available space. Door and drawer openings are larger. Hinges are mounted on the sides of the cabinet. This construction is more common in Europe and typically has a more contemporary look – but there are numerous traditional door styles available with full access construction.
Inset: Inset doors sit within the rails and stiles and lay flush with the front edges of the cabinet box. Truly inset doors are only available with a framed construction. Inset construction is very “in”, but consider the expansion and contraction qualities of wood and a new ventilation system.
Whatever you choose, as long as you’ve done the research ahead of time, it will be the best option to suit your needs. Happy remodeling!