European Frameless Cabinets
See Frameless Cabinets below
Exposed hinges are hinges that when the cabinet door is in the closed position part of the hinge remains visible.
See Framed Cabinets below
Stock cabinets are made to specific sizes and in many cases it is necessary to use a filler piece of lumber in order to have the cabinets appear to go wall-to-wall. Most filler pieces are 3 to 6 inches wide and can be trimmed down to 1/2 inch.
A finial hinge has a more decorative hinge pin then standard butt hinges.
A fixed shelf is a shelf that cannot be raised or lowered. Fixed shelves give added strength to cabinets. In tall cabinets it is not uncommon to have both fixed and adjustable shelving.
Flat Panel Door
A flat panel cabinet door is not raised and is actually recessed below the front of the door edges.
A piece of molding, usually installed horizontally to visually connect two sets of cabinets.
In North America the original method of kitchen cabinet construction is to attach a frame to the front of all of the cabinets. The aesthetics of a framed cabinet is somewhat different to that of a frameless cabinet. The frame also provides extra cabinet strength. Hinges mount to the frame.
Frameless cabinets were created in Europe. As the name implies they do not have a frame and the hinges mount to the side panels of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets have the advantage of being less expensive to produce as there is less labor and material. They also provide unobstructed access to the interior of the cabinet.