03 | 01 | 2014Full Access Cabinetry
Full access cabinetry, also called frameless cabinetry, has arrived at Southcoast Kitchen Designs!
I’m sure this will generate many questions for anyone out there planning a kitchen remodel. So today I will do my best to offer you the key points regarding our new offering. Let me start first with the different types of cabinet door configurations.
If you have a kitchen that was installed in the 80’s you probably have a standard overlay door. With this style the doors and drawer fronts sit against the wood frame (face frame) of the cabinet. The doors and fronts are smaller so the face frame is mostly visible as you look at the cabinets.
Another type of construction is the inset door. I’ve written a blog about a year ago discussing the inset style. With inset cabinetry the doors and drawer fronts are cut to fit within the openings of the face frame, instead of sitting against the face frame.
Next there is the full overlay door style. This type of cabinet has been the most popular in recent years, with inset running close behind. Full overlay means the doors and drawer fronts sit against the frame and they are large enough to cover just about all of the face frame. If this is the type of kitchen cabinetry you are interested in you’ll love full access cabinetry!
Similar to the full overlay style, full access cabinetry has door and drawer fronts that extend just about to the edges of the cabinet boxes. The concept of full access cabinetry has been around for many years. During the 90’s it was popular in office cabinetry. At that time the buzz word was European cabinetry. The reason it was popular in that setting is the same reason it is gaining ground in residential kitchen cabinetry today. By manufacturing a cabinet without the face frame you save the cost of the hardwood needed to create the frames. With the increasing costs in lumber this can result in a fair savings. For most people looking to remodel on a leaner budget the savings would be reason enough to consider a frameless cabinet. You might be surprised to hear the advantages do not stop there.
The term full access cabinetry describes the biggest functional advantage to a frameless cabinet. By eliminating the frame you have no interior width restrictions when using the shelves. A framed cabinet encroaches on the front opening of the box. Without the frame you have “full access”. In addition the drawer boxes can be made at wider widths since they have no frame to clear. On average your drawers will be 1 1/2″ wider than they would be on framed cabinets.
So if you’re looking to save some money on your kitchen remodel and you prefer a full overlay look, I’d imagine you’d find a way to use the space that comes with a full access cabinet!
If you would like to learn more about what we have to offer please visit the contact page where you can schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our talented designers!