What are Frameless Cabinets ?
This type of cabinet is sometimes referred to as a European-style cabinet, as they were first made popular in Europe after World War II. They have since become popular in the United States because of their clean lines and low cost.
Frameless cabinets are cabinets that do not have a face frame on the front outside edge of the cabinet, but instead the front of the cabinet if formed by the top, bottom and sides of the cabinet. In some instances, frameless cabinets have a solid top, back and side, while the base units sit on a separate plinth. The top and back panels of a frameless cabinet need to be thicker and structurally sound, as they do have to support the cabinet itself, opposed to face frame cabinet that get support from its face and sides and has no top support needed. Frameless cabinets also gain strength and rigidity once they are attached to the wall.
The doors and drawers on frameless cabinets are required to be full overlay, in order to cover the edges of the cabinet box when closed. This creates a seamless appearance from door to door. The doors hinges are attached directly to the sides of the cabinets.
Because the absence of a face frame, frameless cabinets offer completely unobstructed access to the interior of the cabinet. Making it is easier to insert large objects into the typically unused space of a cabinet with a face frame that has the same footprint in both height and width.
Shelving is easy to mount in frameless cabinets, as they can just slide right in, unlike framed cabinets that need to go in on a diagonal.
Frameless cabinets can create a seamless look from the front and side, without the breakup of each cabinet frame. However, it is important to consider the type of doors, drawers and hardware you would be using, because the added cost of specialized manufactured parts can add up.