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The Pros and Cons of Framed and Frameless Cabinets

There are a number of reasons that a homeowner, or resident of a rented property, would want to use either a framed cabinet or a frameless cabinet. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each. To start off, we’ll look at the pros and cons of a framed cabinet. Pros of a Framed Cabinet: • Framed cabinets typically take less time to construct, which can make a big difference when trying to finish a project such as a kitchen or bathroom. • Framed cabinets generally lend themselves to an easier install in regards to the addition of doors, drawers, and side panels. Cons of a Framed Cabinet: • Framed cabinets generally use more material than that of a frameless cabinet, which can end up adding to the overall cost of the particular project you’re working on. • Framed cabinets typically use more material, thus adding to the overall cost of your project. Now let us take a look at the pros and cons of a frameless cabinet. Pros of a Frameless Cabinet: • It is typically said of most builders, be that amateur or professional builders, that frame-less cabinets are easier to build because they are more standard in the building community. • Frameless cabinets also offer more customization, or adjustability, to your style due to the ability to easily change hinges, and or the slides of the drawers. Con of a Frameless Cabinet: • Frameless cabinets typically require more precision when connecting all the parts to each other, which can be a hassle for those that do not have much experience in building cabinets or do not have precision based tools available to them. • Frameless cabinets offer little to no privacy for the items within, allowing anyone within view of the cabinet to see its contents. Having looked at the pros and cons for both framed and frameless cabinets, it’s easy to see that they both have their own strengths and weaknesses. One other comment that cannot really be added to the pro column or the con column would be that of personal preference. Though not always the main decision making factor, personal style and preference, can be a large part of the reason why you choose either style. When deciding on either framed of frameless cabinets, make sure that you weigh all your options, so that you can make the best possible decision for yourself, your family, a friend, or client.