There are two industry standard ways of building cabinets: Faceframe and Frameless.
Faceframe cabinets are made with a wooden frame forming the face of the cabinet box and providing much of its structural strength, as illustrated here:
Frameless cabinets, also known as “Eurostyle” to reflect their origin, do not have this faceframe but instead derive structural strength from greater thickness in the walls of the cabinet box and the incorporation of stretchers at the top, as illustrated here:
The principal difference is that the frameless cabinet provides much greater ease of access because there is no frame to partially block the cabinet opening. In addition, it provides greater storage capacity, since there is no frame to restrict the width of drawers or pullouts. This is why you should care. See the illustration below provided by Executive Cabinetry. You will find more detail at this link: http://executivecabinetry.com/company/cabinet-construction.html.
We at Cabinets of the Desert work exclusively with frameless cabinets. When you visit our showroom at 73700 Dinah Shore Drive, Palm Desert, you will find examples of both face framed and frameless cabinetry, so that you can see and appreciate the differences first hand. See also the slideshow at the top of this blog.
We provide frameless cabinets from:
Ovation Cabinetry at http://ovationcabinetry.com/
Executive Cabinetry at http://www.executivecabinetry.com/
Bellmont Cabinets at https://bellmontcabinets.com/
Envoy Cabinetry at http://www.envoycabinetry.com/