Kitchen Renovations Section
Kitchen cabinets define the style and function of your kitchen. Choosing right kitchen cabinet will increase the value of your home and make your kitchen more functional. There are two basic aspects to any cabinet style: the type of structure and the look.
Kitchen Cabinets Structure Types
There are two primary types of kitchen cabinets structure:
- Face-frame kitchen cabinets
- Frameless (or European) kitchen cabinets
Face-frame Kitchen Cabinets
Face-frame kitchen cabinets build in such a way that the cabinet door and hinges are installed on a wooden frame that encases the cabinet box;
Face-frame cabinet doors may have their hinges visible on the outside or the doors may be hung using hidden hinges.
Face-frame kitchen cabinets create a more traditional look (has more details).
Traditional kitchen cabinet doors have a frame with a panel inside which is either "raised", or flat. Traditional kitchen cabinet drawers (larger ones) are built the same. Smaller drawers are often build as a "slab" (no detail in the middle, but possibly on the outside edge, to match the rest of the doors and drawers).
Frameless (European) Kitchen Cabinets
Frameless kitchen cabinets build in such a way that the cabinet door is hinged right on the cabinet box (don't have outer frame);
Frameless cabinet doors are hung using hidden (or "european") hinges, visible only when the doors are open.
Frameless kitchen cabinets create more modern look(less details), making the face of your kitchen sleeker.
Contemporary kitchen cabinet doors can be build as "slabs" (no detail, just a slab of wood or laminate or steel); simple flat-panels or some combination. Some contemporary kitchen cabinet doors and drawers can be opened without pulls, using just your fingers.
Finishing and Fixtures of Kitchen Cabinets
Various kinds of trim, such as crown moldings on top, or light-valences below upper cabinets, are used with both tradional and contemporary styles. Finishes like lacquer and vinyl are great alternatives to expensive wood frames and doors. Kitchen cabinet hardware such as hinges, pulls, knobs complement your cabinet choices creating your kitchen's new look (more ornate for traditional; cleaner lines for contemporary). A range of metal, glass, wood fixtures give you the variety you need when choosing that final touch for your kitchen. If you could not find the information you are after on this web site - let us know! Our experts would be glad to help you.