Choosing cabinet styles can be overwhelming. Do you know the pros and cons of framed and frameless cabinet doors? Both styles can fit any budget and will depend on the brand and material. Check some differences between them on this blog post.

Framed cabinets have stiles and rails which are pieces of wood that form a “frame” in the front of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets do not have the extra pieces of wood to attach the door. Rather, the door is attached to the side panel of the cabinet.

The main difference between framed and frameless cabinets is the look. If you want a sleek European style you’ll want to go with frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets work best in traditional kitchens.


Framed cabinets offer extra durability. This can be especially useful in stand-alone cabinets, where they don’t have the support of more cabinetry on the side.

This style works perfectly for homeowners looking for a sleeker look than the traditional Framed style cabinet.


Framed cabinets offer slightly less storage space than the Frameless counterpart. They can also be tricky to install, as you need to make sure you have enough space for the doors to open.

In lower-quality frameless cabinets, hinges may also be less reliable if the box is made from MDF rather than hardwood.

Both framed and frameless cabinets are good choices. Each has features that will appeal to different homeowners. There are also design options for both, which you can discuss with your kitchen designer.