Inset doors and drawers are hand fitted inside the face frame in a precisely-sized opening. As you can imagine, this requires a higher level of craftsmanship that makes it the pinnacle of cabinetry. Our Inset wall cabinets are typically 14”-15″ deep rather than the standard 12” depth to allow more interior space. Our standard Inset base cabinets are 25″ deep. Several styles are available with your choice of beaded or flush inset styling. Beaded inset door an drawer openings have a beaded perimeter which adds visual distinction. Flush inset does not have the beading, and is a sleeker, cleaner look more in keeping with Mission themes. Inset doors and heads have gaps of approximately 1/8” on all sides. Changes in humidity and temperature can cause this gap to change over time. This is normal and to be expected. You have several hinge options that are unique to inset. You can choose a concealed hinge with an optional soft-close feature. For a more classic look, a finial hinge can be used.
Frameless cabinet construction is often described as a “European” style of cabinetry. Cabinet doors are typically full-overlay (covering the entire front edges of the box) with 1/8″ gaps between all doors and drawers though some can be made as full-inset. The face of the box is covered with a wood or PVC veneer. Frameless cabinets offer a more accessibility than framed or Inset cabinets. This is because there’s no inside edge of a frame that’s partially blocking the perimeter of the cabinet opening. The amount of usable space in frameless construction is greater than with framed cabinetry because the drawer box is bigger for a given cabinet size.
With overlay construction the doors are attached to the front of the face frame and part of the face frame invisible behind the doors. Typically 1/2″ of the door and drawers lap over the face frame. Partial overlay cabinets are the staple of stock cabinetry suppliers, because it is a simpler method of cabinet building. The tolerance levels are more forgiving in a overlay construction unlike Flush-Inset or European where gaps must be constant.