The first cabinets were simple wooden structures, used to store dishes and pantry staples. Their shelves and drawers made them a highly useful feature while occasional carvings or ornate hardware added a little a bright spot in ancient homes.

You might think that times haven’t changed one bit! Cabinetry is, after all, still a functional powerhouse. But building techniques and styles have evolved over the centuries. Enough of the history lesson: today’s frameless cabinets balance form and function seamlessly, ensuring the “workhorses of the kitchen/bath” are as useful as they are aesthetic.

What Are Full Access or Frameless Cabinets?

The best way to understand frameless cabinets is to start by knowing what framed cabinets are. Well… They’re the cabinets you see everywhere! Most homes you’ve been in have framed cabinetry; it’s the go-to in the US. The rails (horizontal pieces of the door) and stiles (vertical pieces of the door) form a frame at the front of the cabinet box. Think of it like a flat picture frame affixed to the front of the cabinet.

There’s a reason this is the go-to. Framed cabinetry allows you to choose from standard/partial overlay, full overlay, or inset styles to achieve different looks. They’re also very sturdy. Hence, “workhorses of the kitchen/bath”!

Frameless cabinetry, a style originating from Europe, is becoming a top choice here at home. As you’d guess, it’s called “frameless” because the cabinet does not have a face frame. Instead, it uses a full overlay (i.e. the door/drawer completely covers the cabinet face) with hinges attached directly to the sides of the box. All you’ll see is the flat door/drawer front, and there’s no center stile in between cabinet doors. Clean, simple, contemporary.

5 Benefits of Frameless Cabinetry

If framed cabinetry is the popular, enduring choice for millions of homes, why consider frameless solutions.

  1. More Storage Space

In busy kitchens (and lifestyles), there is no such thing as too much storage space. By eliminating the frame, you can gain a few more inches of interior space for your staples and essentials. Thanks to drawers which are up to 20% roomier, organizing your cutlery, knives, spices, chargers, cosmetics, first aid items, etc., is much more manageable. You might even be able to tame that junk drawer.

  1. Better Access

Frameless cabinets are also known as “full access cabinets.” This is because you won’t have a bulky frame or center plank barring access to your pots, pans, and supplies. You’ll also be able to reach into the further reaches more easily to clean. Add even more functionality by installing inserts, such as lazy susans, pull-out shelves, under-shelf baskets, tiered organizers, and cookware and bakeware racks – all the access without having to bend your body into Cirque du Soleil-style contortions.

  1. Sturdy Durability

Framed cabinets are known for their strength and durability. Frameless meets and exceeds these demands as well. Many people are concerned that they are less sturdy; this is not the case, especially when you opt for high-quality products and professional installation. Frameless cabinets are self-supporting and constructed with thicker box walls to enhance stability. You can be sure your solution will stand the test of time.

  1. Contemporary Appeal

We love Grandmacore as much as the next person but if you’re going for a more modern, streamlined look in your own home, frameless is the way to go. Without the face frame, they deliver a smooth, clean aesthetic that is both simple and sophisticated.

  1. Design Versatility

Beyond utility and function, frameless offers incredible flexibility when it comes to design possibilities. You can go with a modern or contemporary look or veer towards transitional or traditional, all with equal ease – and equally stunning results. The structure also allows you to forgo doors altogether and enjoy open shelf storage.

Further, there are a variety of features that enhance your space, including handless doors, soft-close operation, and unique material and finishes. Frameless suits virtually any design style.

Does it suit yours?

Full Access to the Possibilities

MOX specializes in high-quality cabinets, built with character. Our goal is to create custom cabinets that meet your functional needs and reflect your unique style. Interested in full access to the benefits of frameless cabinetry? Connect with MOX.