Framed cabinets are a type of cabinetry that features a visible or partially concealed structural frame. This was the original cabinet design used in North America, but as hinge technology evolved, the need for a rigid frame lessened, and frameless cabinets became an option. To ensure uniformity in cabinet doors, framed cabinets require an overlay measurement. Initially, a visible frame was necessary due to exposed hinges, but advancements in design and hardware have made this optional.
Face-framed cabinets are also referred to as framed cabinets, and they remain a popular choice. They can be identified by the visible trim boards used to add strength to the cabinet box, often made of hardwood. The trim boards allow for a lower overall strength in the individual cabinet sides compared to frameless constructions. The main drawback of framed cabinets is that the trim boards can interfere with cabinet access.