What is the difference between framed traditional cabinets and frameless euro-style cabinets?

Many people choose cabinets based on how they look and feel. If they are able to they can also visualize the cabinets in their space, which helps in design. Maybe they saw a cabinet style on TV, in a magazine, or at a home show. Whatever the case, when asked if a person would like a framed cabinet or frameless cabinet, that may not be fully understood. Basically, it comes down to construction and configuration. Ultimately, though, it is based on personal preference and the feel and effect you want your cabinets to evoke to friends and family.

Since cabinets are one of the main focal points your friends and family members are going to notice in your kitchen, not to mention you every time you walk into the kitchen, and you have to live with them every day, it is good to weigh the differences between framed and frameless cabinets. The cabinets can also have a big impact on both the appeal and value of your home. Now, let’s see how they differ…

The key difference between framed and frameless cabinetry is their construction.

Frameless cabinetry is constructed without the face frame located at the front of the cabinet. The cabinet construction is made using composite plywood and MDF panels. The engineered wood doors have a textured melamine or laminate finish.


All stained finished doors, drawer fronts and frames are constructed from 3/4″ solid Birch hardwood. The style that feature solid wood center panels is Castleberry Saddle. Our painted styles feature an all HDF door.

Framed Construction

Advantages of Frameless Cabinetry

  • More accessibility – since there is not an inside edge of a frame projecting into the cabinet opening. This allows easier access to the cabinet interior as well as larger opening to store plates, platers, and cookware.
  • More storage space – since there is no face frame to create a lip around the cabinet openings, it is much easier to store appliances such as mixers, blenders, or juicers in frameless cabinets.
  • Additional flexibility in design and styling – frameless cabinets can be used in a traditional design as well as a modern design.
  • Larger spacious drawers – the space saved by not having a face frame attached to the front.

Advantages of Framed Cabinetry

  • Strength and sturdiness – the solid wood face frame on framed cabinets serve to greatly reinforce the sidewalls to which they are anchored – an advantage that is missing from frameless cabinets.
  • More versatile and customizable – Inset, standard and full overlay options give you many design possibilities for creating a customized look for your cabinetry.
  • More door style options – TCC offers a vast selection of different door styles for framed cabinets. We have 10 colors, and 5 styles.
  • Range Hoods to match colors – TCC offers a large variety of range hoods in all the framed cabinet colors that we offer.