WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING YOUR KITCHEN – PART II

FACE FITTED OR IN-FRAME CABINET DOORS?

CABINETS WITH FACE  FITTED DOORS & DRAWER FRONTS

Example of Cabinet with Face-Fitted Drawer
Example of Cabinet with Face-Fitted Drawer

This is a door or drawer front that is fitted to the front of the cabinet. The doors tend to have the hinge on the rear of the door with a small plate that fits to the cabinet side on which the hinge clips onto.

A face fitted cabinet front can be the most cost-effective way of buying and building a kitchen cabinet. It requires less material and labour, saving you up to 40% in comparison to an in-frame style. It also gives you the option of using either veneer or hardwood. Face fitted cabinets tend to be mass produced. Many standard sizes are available off-the-shelf from kitchen manufacturers.

Cabinets with this type of frontage are available in many styles to suit all tastes or achieve the look that you are after. Indeed, a face-fitted cabinet using the highest quality veneer can be more expensive than an in-frame using hardwood.

Generally, face-fitted door and drawer fronts can achieve a very clean contemporary look especially if flat slab type doors are used.

CABINETS WITH FACE FRAMES AND INSET DOORS

Kitchen cabinets with face frame fronts are also called “traditional”. It is when a separate frame is made for each cabinet and doors or a drawer front are then made to fit these openings.

Traditional Kitchen Cabinets using In-frame style.
Traditional Kitchen Cabinets using In-Frame Style.

In-frame cabinet fronts are usually more expensive to manufacture and, at Nicholas Martin Cabinets, we only advocate using hardwood. They are more durable and have sturdier doors and drawer fronts. Doors are hinged with traditional butt hinges recessed into the door and frame edges.

Example of traditional in-frame cabinet door with cock bead
Example of traditional in-frame cabinet door with cock bead

This type of cabinet front tend to be made to order by cabinet makers or high quality kitchen manufacturers. They are also available in many designs, finishes and sizes. This design can be enhanced by using a small bead moulding called a ‘cock bead’ which is machined to the front frame inner edges with mitred corners – a very traditional design.

SO WHICH STYLE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Contemporary looking face-fitted cabinet doors.
Contemporary looking face-fitted cabinet doors.

Whilst budget may be a dominant factor the above highlights that there are a number of options that can help you achieve your dream-look. You could opt for face-fitted doors either to maximise the impact of your choice of wood, or you may prefer a more contemporary, minimalistic look. Alternatively, you might want the handles or wooden knobs to be a key feature.

Sometimes you may need to consider furniture or cabinets that already exist in the room and match the style of your new cabinet(s) accordingly.

Experienced cabinetmakers can help you to make decisions to ensure that you get the look you want for the budget that you have. At Nicholas Martin Cabinets we work with our clients to tailor the design and finish for you, your home and budget.