Partial overlay is a popular cabinet style that refers to the amount of visible frame on a cabinetry run. In most manufactured cabinets, the spacing between the doors and drawer-fronts of a cabinet run is the defining detail, which is why they are categorized as either partial-overlay or full-overlay. The most prominent feature of partial-overlay cabinets is the consistent 2-inch strip of visible frame across the entire face of the cabinets.

With partial-overlay cabinets, the doors and drawers overlap the frame evenly around the opening of each cabinet. This traditional and common cabinetry design is also the most affordable. Hanging partial-overlay cabinet doors requires less precision since there are no pieces that must be precisely matched, unlike the full-overlay style which achieves a seamless cabinetry face and requires a high level of precision during installation.