The Different Types of Construction

The cabinetry world is vast. There’s so much to choose from that sometimes it could even be too much (which, is a good problem to have if you ask us)! There are wood types, finishes (paints, stains, glazes, distressing and much more), and construction types – there’s much to be decided when designing a new kitchen or bath. Over the years, we’ve realized that our clients know much about the styles and look they want, but what they might be most of unsure about is the construction types. There are three types of construction and to decide which one is best for you, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of each! Want to learn some more? Continue reading below!


We’ll begin with the most popular of the three, frameless construction. Frameless, also know as European construction, is what we design with the most. Frameless, essentially means there is no face frame, as in it is frame-less. This type of construction will provide the most accessibility and storage to your cabinetry, provides a cleaner look, and has the least amount of reveal between doors and drawers.

Pros – great accessibility, more storage space, clean look, and it’s a popular choice for any style from modern to traditional.
Cons – we can’t think of many cons for frameless construction! 


Framed construction is a type of construction where there is a 1-1/2” face frame on the front of the cabinet. In many builder homes, this is the type of construction that is uilized. With framed cabinetry having a face frame, there will be a reveal between the doors and drawers (to where you will see a portion of the frame).

Pros- can be a more economical choice
Cons- less accessibility and storage space, not every interior accessory will fit or function.


Inset cabinetry is a type of framed cabinetry except the door and drawer fronts sits perfectly inside the frame. This type of construction is suited for clients who want a classic and traditional look. The hinging on the cabinetry can either be exposed or concealed. Exposed however is a beautiful and elegant touch to the cabinets.

Pros – great for chic and traditional spaces
Cons- less accessibility, not every interior accessory will fit or function.

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