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Different types of cabinet structures used in kitchen design


1. Frameless cabinets: Frameless cabinets, also known as European-style or full-access cabinets, have no face frame, and the door is attached directly to the cabinet box. This cabinet style provides more storage space as no structure takes up space. They also have a more modern look and are less expensive than face-framed cabinets.


Pro: This cabinet style provides more storage space as no face frame takes up space.

Con: Frameless cabinets are less durable than face-framed cabinets due to the need for a face frame. They also require a more precise installation process, as there is no face frame to cover gaps or inconsistencies in the cabinet box.



2. Face-framed cabinets: These cabinets have a frame around the front edge of the cabinet box, and the door is attached to the frame. This cabinet style has a more traditional look and can be more durable than frameless cabinets. However, they also tend to be more expensive than frameless cabinets.


Pro: The face frame provides additional support to the cabinet box, making it more durable.

Con: The face frame takes up some storage space and can make it more difficult to access items stored in the back of the cabinet. This cabinet style may also be more expensive due to the additional materials and labor required for the face frame.



3. Stock Cabinets: Stock cabinets are pre-made cabinets that are mass-produced and come in standard sizes. They are usually less expensive than custom or semi-custom cabinets and can be found in many home improvement stores. These cabinets typically have a limited selection of styles, colors, and sizes.


Pro: Stock cabinets are less expensive than custom or semi-custom cabinets and can be found in many home improvement stores.

Con: Stock cabinets usually have a limited selection of styles, colors, and sizes. They may also not fit your kitchen space exactly, as they come in standard sizes.


4. Custom cabinets: Custom cabinets are made-to-order cabinets that can be tailored to fit specific dimensions and designs. They are usually more expensive than stock or semi-custom cabinets but offer a more comprehensive range of options and can be designed to match the homeowner's specific needs.


Pro: Custom cabinets can be tailored to fit specific dimensions and designs, allowing a perfect fit in any kitchen space. They also offer a more comprehensive range of options for homeowners.

Con: Custom cabinets are usually more expensive than stock or semi-custom cabinets and require more time and resources to design and build.


5. Semi-custom cabinets: These are a hybrid of stock and custom cabinets, allowing for some customization but still being mass-produced. They are more expensive than stock cabinets but less expensive than custom cabinets. They are often available in a wider variety of styles, colors, and sizes than stock cabinets, but not as many options as custom cabinets.


Pro: Semi-custom cabinets are a hybrid of stock and custom cabinets, allowing for some customization but still being mass-produced. They are more expensive than stock cabinets but less expensive than custom cabinets.

Con: Semi-custom cabinets have fewer options than custom cabinets and are more expensive than stock cabinets.


6. RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets: These are cabinets that come in flat-pack and need to be assembled by the customer. They are usually less expensive than pre-assembled cabinets but require more work from the homeowner.


Pro: RTA cabinets are usually less expensive than pre-assembled cabinets and can be assembled by professionals.

Con: RTA cabinets require more work from the homeowner or professional to assemble, install, and adjust them.


7. Prefabricated cabinets: These are pre-made cabinets that are already assembled and ready to be installed. They are usually more expensive than RTA cabinets but require less work on the homeowner's part.


Pro: Prefabricated cabinets are pre-made cabinets that are already assembled and ready to be installed, which saves time and labor for the installer.

Con: Prefabricated cabinets are usually more expensive than RTA cabinets and may offer a different level of customization than custom or semi-custom cabinets.

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