When it comes to designing a new kitchen or renovating an older one, the choices you make not only effect the overall look of your home, but also the value. Cabinets are a huge part of kitchen design, the backbone of the overall style and function of your new kitchen. The kitchen is where the family gathers, prepares meals, and enjoys them together. Unlike kitchens in the past, which were relegated to the back of the house and considered utilitarian, today’s kitchens are the center of the home’s activity, the place family and friends congregate. Here, Tops Kitchen Cabinets shares options to help you discover the kitchen cabinets you’ve been waiting for!
Framed and Unframed Cabinets – What you Need to Know
Essentially, there are two types of cabinets – framed and frameless. Each has its own look with distinct styles and designs, and both offer advantages depending on your overall style. Let’s explore the difference to help you decide what is best for you and your family.
Framed cabinets are the most common in the United States, and feature face frames which mean easier installation and simpler drawer and door placement/adjustment. Framed cabinets also offer more sizes and greater options in regard to any modifications you may need. Generally affordable, framed cabinets can be mounted on any surface, deliver a seamless appearance, and are quite durable.
Frameless cabinets are growing in popularity in the States, but you’d most likely recognize them as the sleek modern European cabinetry. Unlike framed cabinets, frameless cabinets deliver a larger capacity with full access interiors which adds to their appeal. Frameless cabinets require fillers to ensure the needed clearance for drawer and door openings. On the downside, frameless cabinets have fewer options in regard to size and modifications are more limited.
Both options, depending on your style, can help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Keep in mind that framed cabinets are generally less expensive, take more time to install, and come in a greater variety of material choices, while frameless cabinets tend to cost more, take less time to install, but offer fewer material options. Now, let’s explore some of the style options available to you in framed and frameless cabinets.
Wood remains the most popular choice for kitchen cabinetry due to its warm aesthetic, its durability and strength, and the vast array of color choices (from natural stained options to painted varieties). Both framed and frameless cabinets can be crafted from wood, delivering high quality and timelessness to your kitchen. Wood is durable, strong, long-lasting, and resistant to all kinds of damage. Wood is customizable and comes in a variety of warm, natural tones depending on the wood – cherry, oak, maple, hickory, bamboo, walnut, and more which can be stained or painted. Wood cabinets, due to their timelessness and longevity, tend to be more costly than other options, and should be treated with a waterproof finish and properly cared for to ensure its beauty remains for years to come.
Shaker Style Cabinets
Shaker style cabinets seem to be always trending, offering low maintenance and loads of style. Shaker style cabinetry’s popularity is due in part to its simple structure (frame and panel) as well as its durability and ability to fit virtually any style – traditional to contemporary. Shaker style cabinets can also be easily customized with stains, paints, and washes to completement any décor.
Call on Tops Kitchen Cabinets
The team at Tops Kitchen Cabinets are ready to help you find the perfect kitchen cabinets for your new home or as part a remodel of your existing home. Tops Kitchen promises cost-effective options, premium quality, and exceptional service for you and your kitchen. Call today.