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Types of Kitchen Cabinets

If you are planning a kitchen remodel you might think that the easiest decision is selecting the type of cabinets that you want. What you probably don’t know is that there are many more decisions to be made when it comes to selecting your dream cabinetry. Did you know that in addition to selecting the color of the cabinets you also have to select between framed cabinets or frameless cabinets, pick from stock, semi-custom or custom cabinet options, select finishes and inserts, and also different door shapes! It can be very overwhelming if you don’t know what all your options are. Below we will cover the difference between framed cabinets and frameless cabinets and we’ll help to clarify the difference between stock, semi-custom and custom cabinets.

Framed Cabinets vs. Frameless Cabinets

In the past framed cabinetry was the traditional style of American cabinets while the frameless look was a popular European manufacturing style. Today both styles are widely available here in the United States.

With framed cabinets rails and stiles are used to create a frame (something that looks like your typical picture frame) which is then assembled to the front of the cabinets. This gives the door front some dimension. In this style of cabinetry the door hinges are attached directly to the frame which helps to give the cabinet strength and sturdiness. Framed cabinets often have adjustable shelves and can support many different types of doors so they provide homeowners with many design possibilities. Here is a photo of framed inset cabinetry.

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Frameless cabinets have a more contemporary look to them. They are constructed using thicker materials for the box to keep them sturdy. With this cabinetry type to door hinges are secured directly to the inside of the box, instead of onto a frame. After they have been installed, all you will see are the flat door and drawer fronts which helps to provide a sleek, simple aesthetic that many homeowners love. The other huge bonus with this look is that you don’t have the center stile coming down in the middle of two cabinet doors. This allows for more accessibility and more space! Here is a photo of the full overlay frameless cabinetry.

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Stock, Semi-Custom & Custom Cabinets

Stock cabinets are a great option if you are doing a remodel on a budget. Generally for stock cabeintry we work with Fabuwood Cabinetry. With stock cabinets you are limited in sizes, styles and colors. If you are considering this option be prepared to make some compromises to your layout and maybe even your style.

Semi-Custom Cabinets are built to order and you get a lot more of a selection to pick from than you do with stock cabinets. The available cabinet widths come in 3” increments starting at 9” wide. Semi-custom cabinets generally allow you to choose your wood species, door style, and color. If you have a specific vision in mind and your budget allows, you will have to compromise less going this route over stock cabinets.

Custom Cabinets are just that! These cabinets are are also made to order. The benefit with custom is they can be modified by the carpenters manufacturing your cabinetry to fit to within a 1/16” measruement. Essentially they can be created to fit any space that you’ve dreamed up. Usually with custom cabinets there even more door styles and wood species to choose from. You also have the option to do any paint color.

In regards to price differences between semi-custom and custom cabinetry there are a multitude of variables. Generally the price difference has more to do with the wood species and door style than anything else. For example cherry wood will typically add 40% to the cost of the cabinets compared to birch wood. Other wood species include maple, oak, walnut and alder. If you’re interested in doing framed inset cabinetry that tends to add 10 to 15% to the cost of the cabinets. Painted cabinets have a 10% upcharge to them.

For semi-custom and custom kitchens we primarily work with Adelphi Cabinetry. Below is a picture of the Heritage door style from Adelphi. It’s painted white. The center cabinet is actually a pull out laundry hamper. The top drawer works, the bottom 3 drawers are false drawer fronts since the hamper is there. The false drawer fronts are a custom item. It was installed to give more depth to the overall look. We also added a tower cabinet ontop of the counter, the valance below the sink base cabinets, and matching wood framed mirrors from Adelphi.

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To learn more about cabinetry sections be sure to visit our blog on a regular basis for more information, tips and tricks. If you are considering a kitchen remodel and fear that you might need some help with the project please get in touch with our team for a free consultation.

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