Face frame cabinets are stronger and usually cost more. Builders like
the faceless style because they don't need anything that even looks
like wood on the front except the door so they are usually sawdust
with a picture of wood on it..
In my life time I had 6 houses custom built, never lived in preowned
house. Never had frameless cabinet of anything. Most finishing carpentry
was done on-site using real wood. I feel like to have one more built but
nearing the end of wrong side of 60, I am hesitating. Building house is
always exciting. Frameless looks CHEAP!
The original kitchen cabinets in my house (of which only one section
remains, now being used in the laundry room - sadly) were built like
face frame cabinets but did not have a vertical divider between the
doors, rather, you had to close the left hand door before the right of
each pair (not sure if I got that right or backwards, you get the
point.) The ones currently in the kitchen do have vertical dividers. I
much prefer the old cabinets. FWIW, YMMV.
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For drawers, face frame reduces the available storage volume by the
rails separating the drawers. For custom cabinets pseudo rails can be
part of the drawer front with frameless drawers looking like face frame.
I've got frameless cabinets with full-overlay doors and I love them.
Having that damn moulion gone from the middle of a double door cabinet
makes the accessibility great and open. Strength is not a concern,
the boxes and shelves are all 3/4 inch plywood, none of the shelves
have sagged ,even the wide 48 inch cabinets with double 24 inch doors
as there are extra shelf cleats across back too. Having no side
moulions also lets me quickly re-height shelves, and install outslider
shelves in the bases. The doors are solid wood with floating raised
panels. I used to think I needed face frame cabinets, but since
living with a quality euro-style for 12 years I'm sold. They even
have the full extension drawer slides and huge pot/pan drawers, I
couldn't be happier with frameless. But you should still consider the
quality of the materials in any cabinet, plywood is best, 3/4 is
better, etc. With frameless full-overlay doors/drawers are the norm.
I think the decision also is a matter of custom-built versus "retail"
cabinets (as I like to call them). You have more options with having
someone build the cabinets than you do with ones made in a factory.
For example, because we had a weird corner in the kitchen that regular
cabinets wouldn't handle, my wife and I saved up and had a Mennonite
company re-do the kitchen when we bought our house and they were able
to do cabinets that have all the postitives of frameless (like no
divider between doors) while giving us the structural positives of
frame cabinets (not to mention the quality of workmanship is
unparalleled in my experience).
As much as I love DIY, I can't recommend enough going with a good
custom cabinetmaker as opposed to pre-fabbed cabinets. The kitchen is
just one of those places where if you don't think your usage through
carefully and spend your money well, you are going to grind your teeth
for the next 20 years at what you COULD have done.
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