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Cabinets often appear to us as a set of doors. People rarely stop to think about what else cabinets consist of, when in fact there happens to be a lot more going on behind those lovely decorated doors. The structure to which the doors are attached is the main component of kitchen cabinets. Without that structure, cabinets would have no function at all.The structure of cabinets can be broken down into two main styles, framed construction and frameless construction. Each style represents a completely unique way of constructing the cabinet. Not to mention, the overall appearance and functionality is distinguished as well.

  • Framed Construction: Often considered the traditional framed cabinet. It consists of a front frame with rails and stiles around the cabinet opening. The door is attached to this frame. It also adds strength to the cabinet box. We use glue and pocket screws to construct our framed cabinets. 

  • Frameless Construction: This particular style is also referred to as European-style cabinets. It consists of a box without a front frame. This makes for a more contemporary style. Also, there are no rails or stiles blocking the way so access is made easy. Special hardware fittings are used to attach the door and pin and dowel is used in the construction.When you are deciding whether to go with Face Frame or Frameless cabinetry, ask yourself if you want cabinets where you can see the cabinet in between the doors (Face Frame) or cabinets where all you can see is the doors (Frameless).

DyDo Custom Uniframe Construction


At DyDo Designs, we always find ways on how we can improve the appearance and functionality of our cabinets. Consumers won't know how important it is that they get involve in the design process until the installation crew is gone and start using the kitchen. Typical complaint is, " I was looking for more space and now I got less".We found a way to eliminate the seam between two cabinets that are attach together. We call it "uniframe". Uniframe is a combination of beauty and durability of framed and the functionality of frameless cabinets. You can see from the pictures below.

Uniframe. DyDo Exclusive

All our frames are 1-1/2". Rails and stiles. This picture shows two cabinets sharing one stile. Our cabinets are 2-1/2" inches wider compared to the cabinet that is pictured below. The beauty of this uniframe is that it doesn't show a "seam" between two cabinets. You're going to get a "one piece look" when the cabinets are all connected to each other.

Typical Custom Frame Cabinet

This is a typical framed cabinet from a custom cabinet shop. These are two separate cabinets that are attached together. The stiles are 2" wide and the rails are 2-1/2" wide. Notice the space for the drawers? What can you put in there? They're too small! Do you want to have this miniature drawer in your kitchen?

Uniframe. Space Maximizer

"Dry Fitted" before final sandingTo ensure that everything fits, all cabinets are assembled for the final sanding. These are actually 4 cabinets assembled together. Because of the uniframe design, we added a total of 10" of total width space compared to a typical framed cabinet. If you think about it, it's like getting an extra cabinet for the same space.

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