Construction for Cabinets

Construction for Cabinets

When you go to make a big purchase, you likely do some research beforehand. It is important to know what you need and what you are getting, especially if you plan to spend a fair amount of money. Remodeling your cabinets should be no different. The foundation for your cabinets, the boxes, are not as simple as they may appear.

In this blog, we are going to take a quick look at the two main types of construction for cabinet boxes and how they plan into style. Having all the information upfront can help your project run smoother, and you will likely be happier with the results.

Framed Cabinets

Framed cabinet boxes feature a six-sided design. In addition to the back, bottom, walls, and top, these boxes feature a face frame. These are typically more popular than their frameless counterparts. These can be a great choice for any aesthetic, as the doors can be mounted in three different ways.

The hinges and door size will determine how the door itself is mounted to the cabinet box. The “overlay” is the measurement of how far your cabinet door goes past the opening of the cabinet box. Let’s take a look at three different overlay styles.


Full-overlay cabinet doors completely cover the face frame of the box behind them. This means that you can use full-overlay doors to create a seamless wall of cabinets in your space. This also means that non of the cabinet box will be visible when the doors are closed. Depending on the style and color of cabinet doors used, you can create trendy modern looks or sophisticated traditional ones using a full-overlay.

Partial Overlay

Partial-overlay is typically the most popular choice, and it leaves a bit of space between the doors where the cabinet box can be seen. With only part of the face frame hidden, you will be able to see the cabinet box whether the doors are open or closed. The sky is the limit in terms of how you can use a partial-overlay to create your style. You can opt for something classic like all white cabinets, or you could do something trendy like painting the face frame a complementary color to the doors.

Inset Cabinets

Clear Finished Cabinet Doors

If you want to create a seamless line of cabinets but you also want the cabinet box visible, then inset cabinets are for you. To accomplish this, you will order doors that are slightly smaller than the cabinet box opening. This is a great way to achieve a trendy modern look or even a sophisticated traditional one, but this is a more difficult process.

Frame-Less Cabinets

Also known as full-access, frame-less cabinets offer a five-sided design without a face frame. This means that the hinges will mount directly onto the walls of the box, which are thicker to accommodate them. While frame-less cabinet boxes are popular, you should note that your doors will have to be installed with a full overlay.

Ready-To-Assemble Cabinets

Our cabinet boxes come to you RTA, or ready to assemble. This means that they are shipped flat in pieces for you to put together. Ordering your cabinets this way can help save some money since you are taking on part of the labor. Our boxes can be constructed using only some glue, tacks, and claps, and we will even send you a guide to help out. Once finished, these boxes are sturdy and long-lasting.

Wrapping Up

Newly Remodeled Kitchen

Hopefully, this quick guide gave you an idea of what you need to consider when ordering your cabinets. Beyond just the frame, you will also need to plan for how many drawers and cabinets you will need for your space. If you need help designing your cabinets or if you are ready to order, feel free to give us a call at 1-844-326-6680 or an email to Our trained staff would love to help you!