Cabinet design construction can be broken down into two major factions face frame or frameless (shown) construction.
A face frame constructed cabinet is the traditional choice and consists of a “frame” which is attached to the front of the cabinet and provides an anchor for cabinet hardware such as hinges.
A frameless cabinet is more modern looking and typically built from man-made materials such as particle board or plywood and clad with veneer.
Here’s a nice visual representation showing the differences between framed and frameless cabinets from Affinity Kitchens.
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Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.