Beyond the aesthetics of the cabinetry for your new kitchen, there are decisions that need to be made in relation to the cabinet construction.  Here is a quick overview that should familiarize you with some considerations.

There are two general styles of case construction.  The first is the traditional Face-Frame Cabinet Construction (image below, left).  Sometimes this cabinet style is referred to as American.  The door hinges for this type of cabinetry are mounted to the cabinet frame.  The hinges are either exposed and visible, or concealed by the cabinet door.  The doors and drawerfaces are commonly inset, appearing framed.

The other most common cabinet construction style is Frameless Cabinet Construction (image below, right).  This overlay door style is also sometimes referred to as European.  Door hinges for this style are concealed, and mounted to the inside of the cabinet case, the cabinet gableThis frameless style case construction is what I happen to offer, however, there is a way to achieve the “framed” look, if and when desired.

Faceframe and Frameless Cabinet Case Construction

There are various methods in which cabinet manufacturers operate.  Some sell directly to the public, while others use a dealer program, and some use a combination, depending on their business model.  The cabinets I offer are built locally, and custom made for each project.  

Having had the opportunity to work for, with, and as a cabinet supplier, my experience with cabinetry is extensive, and multi-faceted.  Although reasonably common within the industry, these guidelines are based on the product I offer.  This is just an overview, and an in-depth conversation would reveal what specific features will suit your household in relation to functionality and cost.

Aside from the style of the case-construction of the cabinet, the case material affects the performance and cost of the kitchen cabinet package.  The most common cabinet case options are either a  5/8″ or 3/4″ melamine on particle board, or 5/8″ or 3/4″ melamine-sheeted plywood, or clear-coated birch-veneer on plywood. 

Typical cabinet drawerbox material options are 5/8″ melamine on particle board, 5/8″ dovetail clear-coated ply- or solid wood, or a less-common coated-steel model, with a glass-sided option. 

Cabinet roll-out/pull-out shelves typically match the case material.  These are available with rails or solid sides.

All visible elements of your cabinetry will match your door colour, or whatever material and colour that suits the design.  There are various options for open cabinetry, open shelving and glass door features.

The cost of the plywood-core cabinet case packages are approximately 10% more than that of your kitchen with particle-core cases.  The plywood-core case packages include solid wood drawerboxes. 

All doors have soft-close hinges, and all drawerboxes and pull-outs have undermount soft-close, full-extension slides.  All hardware is fully adjustable, and covered by warranty. 

There are many options available for organizing your cabinetry, to make the most of the storage space.  The functionality of corner cabinet accessories has advanced, and there are various trash centers now designed to support household recycling needs.

 Click the BUTTONS to see graphics showing some accessories available for organizing your cabinetry;

That covers the very basics of cabinet construction options.  There are further decisions to make, and additional features that will be covered during a meeting together.   Check out my other articles that get into Cabinetry Door Styles & Profiles and Cabinet Door Materials & Finishes.

Let’s talk about what cabinet package might be best suited for your kitchen and bathroom.

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