When my husband Don and I were looking into our new cabinet business, we had to learn everything about every type of cabinetry.
After all we are the "experts". Clients depend on our expertise and we try to educate on what to look for when buying cabinets. It's a big expense. We want you to be confident in your choice, Some terms you will here and you need to know are:
Full Overlay ?
Face Frame?.... Ok...?
What does that mean , and which is best ?
A "partial overlay" (see video ) is when the cabinet door does not extend fully to cover the cabinet box. This is used to save money and rarely do you see it in residential cabinetry. In my opinion is just looks cheap !
"Full frame" refers to the finishing edge, the "frame" that covers the edge of the cabinet box. This frame looks better, but it's not just decorative. It also helps support the cabinets box, keeps it sturdier in years to come. This is all we carry at Premium Cabinet Studio, this is most desirable when purchasing cabinetry for a traditional look.
"Frameless" refers to the edge of the cabinets box, no frame to finish the edge. It is sanded, often painted and the doors are attached to the edge of the box. Less labor, less the frame piece = less money. While you may save a some money on the cabinets.. it may cost you more for the installation. Some may argue, frameless gives a small kitchen more space. That's true, but it will only give you an extra half inch to an inch of "extra storage". Not much to really make a difference. Still some people in the design field think "frameless" cabinets give a more modern look, with" full frame" being more of a traditional look.
These are the terms.. now you know what you are looking at when shopping for your homes new cabinets.