Cabinets with a wood frame that is attached to the front of the cabinet box. Framed cabinets are very sturdy and the most common type of cabinets in the U.S.


(European style cabinets) – Cabinets with the doors directly attached to the cabinet box (no face frame). Frameless cabinets offer a very clean modern look and since there is no face frame, when the doors are open you have the entire cabinet accessible.


The amount of the cabinet (or face frame ) that the doors cover. For example an opening 12 inches wide x 24 inches tall would require a cabinet door the following sizes:

3/8 Overlay - 12-3/4 (12 + 3/8 +3/8) x 24-3/4 (24+3/8+3/8)

1/2 Overlay - 13 (12 + 1/2 + 1/2) x 25 (24 + 1/2+1/2)

5/8 Overlay - 13-1/4 (12+5/8+5/8) x 25-1/4 (24+5/8+5/8)


MDF is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure.[1] MDF is more dense than plywood. It is made up of separated fibers, (not wood veneers) but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much more dense than particle board.


– Often referred to as European style hinges are a very strong and adjustable cabinet door hinge that are not visible from the outside of the cabinet.

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