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Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling: Face-Frame or Faceless?

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Are you considering replacing your outdated cupboards with new kitchen cabinets? Start your kitchen cabinet remodeling project by deciding if you'd prefer face-frame or faceless kitchen cabinets. Here's an overview of both kinds of kitchen cabinets styles to help you decide which is right for you.

Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

Frameless kitchen cabinets, also known as European style cabinetry, are constructed with either wooden or laminate doors. This kitchen cabinet style provides for a flush, continuous run of doors that will give your kitchen a clean look.



With frameless kitchen cabinets, the doors are attached directly to the cabinet, giving you maximum interior storage space and access. In fact, this kitchen cabinet style will increase your drawer storage space by as much as 20 percent over a more traditional kitchen cabinet style. If a primary goal of your kitchen cabinet remodeling project is increasing storage space, installing new frameless kitchen cabinets is likely to be the right option for you.

Installing New Face-Frame Kitchen Cabinets

Known as "traditional" cabinetry, face-frame kitchen cabinets comprise two separate components: the cabinet box and the frame. While the box is usually made of plywood or particle board, the face-frame on this type of kitchen cabinet is made of the same kind of wood as the actual cabinets.

While this kitchen cabinet style offers a variety of design and decorative options, these kitchen cabinets don't provide as much interior storage and drawer space as frameless units. This style would be a good choice for you if the goal of your kitchen cabinet remodeling project is adding additional decorative elements such as fluted stiles and rosettes which cannot be added if you opt for frameless kitchen cabinets for your remodeling project.



About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nevada.




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