What are Frameless Cabinets?
Most American cabinet manufacturers traditionally build kitchen cabinets using a framed construction. In this type of cabinet construction, the rails and stiles form a 1-1/2 inch face "frame" at the front of the cabinet box. This frame resembles a flat picture frame that is attached to the door front, giving added dimension to the door front.
Frameless cabinet construction is a European way of manufacturing cabinets that has become popular among many American homeowners seeking simple, more contemporary cabinet designs. Frameless cabinetry is sometimes called "full access" cabinetry because it offers greater accessibility by eliminating the face frame or "European Kitchen Cabinets". Instead, it relies on thicker box construction for stability. Only full overlay doors can be used, with hinges attached directly to the sides of the cabinet box.
One of the advantages of frameless construction is that the cabinets do not have a face frame attached to the front of the cabinet box. After they have been installed, all you will see are the flat door and drawer fronts, providing a sleek, simple aesthetic that can work with many design themes throughout the home.
Additionally Frameless kitchen cabinets do not have a center stile coming down in the middle of the two cabinet doors which some framed cabinets have on the larger widths, providing easier access to the items inside, as well as more storage space to work with. The shelves are typically adjustable. Drawers in frameless cabinetry also tend to be larger because of the space saved by not having a face frame attached to the front.
At RTA Wood Cabinets we have three door styles available with a Frameless box in a few colors.
Our most popular is the Milano which is a high glossy slab door cabinet available in white, grey and dark grey.
We have the Matrix which is a textured melamine, really modern and is being used in a lot of the high end projects in NY and across the US and is available in four colors.
We save the best for the end, the Oxford collection collection which has a shaker door in a textured melamine available in a light gray and dark grey, this style is kind of a hybrid between very modern with the texture and classic with the shaker door.