a small cabinet manufacturer in South Carolina, points out
the efficiency of full access cabinet production.
For full access, he says there are fewer steps required to
fully automate a cabinet production line, fewer parts, and
fewer resources needed.
“If I had to make face frames, my shop space and the
different pieces of equipment I’d need would be a good bit
higher, as well as the overall skill set of operators,” Miller said.
“My hard costs would have to go up.”
Miller also says he loves the time and material efficiency in
building full access cabinetry. “To build a framed cabinet, you
essentially build it twice: first the frame, then the carcass,” he
said. “In full access, you build it once using a higher-grade
case material, and you’re done. Plus, all hardware takes
advantage of easily pre-machined holes in the cabinet side,
resulting in faster, more accurate placement with less field
Other points in favor of frameless include:
✚ Uses less hardwood, saving a valuable resource.
✚ Enables single-man delivery and installation with
smaller, modular units.
✚ Gives builders the ability to make a consistent, exacting
engineered product through modular engineering.
✚ Makes it easier to achieve perfectly level and plumb
base cabinetry with leg levelers and upper cabinetry using a
✚ Provides stronger drawers, fully supported front to back
with drawer guides fastened to the cabinet side, preventing
✚ Typically nets wider drawers, with one drawer over two
✚ Offers access under the base and tall cabinetry for additional plumbing and wiring because leg levelers are used.
This also prevents flood damage from appliance or plumbing
✚ Can be used in residential, industrial and commercial
applications as one cabinet can serve all purposes.
Frameless cabinetry also has a history of using knockdown
construction, enabling flat packing and easy on-site assembly
through a variety of different kinds of construction hardware.
Cabinotch uses Lamello connectors for its frameless cabinets.
“The Lamello product is extremely quick and simple to ma-
The primary difference between frameless and face-frame cabinets is
the presence of a frame on the front of face-frame cabinets.
Frameless cabinets are sometimes called “full-access” because they
offer up to 20 percent more usable space.
Face-frames add strength to the front of the cabinet and offer other
design options, but they require more material and manufacturing. Continued...