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.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING YOUR KITCHEN – Part I

Part One – The Kitchen Cabinet Carcass

The carcass is the part of the kitchen on to which doors and drawers are attached.  So what are your options?

Melamine Faced Chipboard

Kitchen Cabinet - Melamine Faced Chipboard
Melamine Faced Chipboard

The most basic of carcasses are made from Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC).  This is where chipboard is faced in a melamine laminate surface that is moisture resistant and easy to keep clean.  All edges need to be sealed to stop moisture getting in otherwise the chipboard will expand and ‘blow’.  Most mass-produced kitchen carcasses are made from this material and it is the most affordable option.

Medium Density Fireboard

Melamine faced medium density fibreboard

The next option is Melamine Faced Medium Density Fibreboard (MF MDF).  This is made from felted wood fibres and is bonded together under high pressure then faced with a melamine laminate.  MF MDF is considered superior to chipboard and is not much more expensive – just costing around 10% more than chipboard option.  It is a stronger board material and more moisture resistant although the edges still need sealing with a glued on edge tape.

It is worth noting that as well as the traditional clean white finish, laminate comes in a variety of colours or wood finishes.  Thus giving you more options for your final look.

Plywood

Plywood

Your third alternative would be plywood.  This is made from layers of hardwood glued together under pressure.  It is used by bespoke cabinet makers and it is very stable and virtually bombproof.  You could choose to have your plywood carcass painted or, to show off the beautiful wood, a clear lacquer could be used instead.

 

Solid Wood

Finally there is solid timber.  Whilst carcasses made from this material may look attractive it would be inadvisable in a kitchen.  Solid timber carcasses  are more likely to twist or split due to the higher moisture content; unless sealed and maintained.

As experienced kitchen cabinetmakers Nicholas Martin Cabinets are able to discuss these options with you and individually tailor your kitchen to meet your vision and budget.  So call us on 01522 789011 to discuss your fitted kitchen or free-standing kitchen cabinet requirements.