The benefits of frameless cabinets
Frameless cabinets in the kitchen are considered to be a European mainstay, popular among continental homes. Recent trends in home design, however, have shipped the frameless storage solutions stateside, as more interior decorators and contractors recommend the numerous functional and stylistic benefits of cabinets and drawers unencumbered by large bulky frames. Clients are increasingly embracing this trend, which fits in perfectly with the ceramic tile floor of most kitchens. The versatility of these cabinets means that even fitting into a wide variety of ceramic tile designs shouldn't be an issue. Check out some of the pros and cons of using frameless cabinets and help your client make the best decision for their new kitchen.
The most obvious advantage is a slight increase in storage room when compared to using the same cabinets but with frames. This is obviously achieved thanks to, according to The McMullin Design Group, there being no obstructing "lip" or frame to take up an additional inch or two of space along the entire border of the cabinet. This full access creates more efficiency in the kitchen by allowing for an absolute maximum use of space.
Along with functionality and efficiency, aesthetics has to be a key consideration in kitchen design and construction. To this end, frameless cabinets can offer a more modern and distinctive look versus the more traditional framed cabinet looks of yesterday's kitchens. According to CageDesignBuild.com, the sleekness and modernity of frameless cabinets are captured through the "door to door" look, where the doors of each individual storage space runs seamlessly across, instead of having awkward frames jutting out.
When it comes to budgetary concerns, frameless cabinets offer clients a tough decision. On the one hand, according to HGTV Remodels, frameless cabinets are simpler to construct, without the need for complicated hinges. Additionally, they require less labor and less raw materials, all combining to contribute to a cheaper end product. As for environmental concerns, the fewer materials used in frameless cabinets should be great boon for eco-conscious clients. However, the McMullin Design Group argues that this particular style has a potentially complicated installation process, which could lead to higher costs. Contractors would do well to go over these various options with their clients before helping them make a decision. Frameless cabinets might not be for all consumers but their tremendous functionality and modern look could be the kitchen trend of tomorrow.