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Dennis Serge: Cabinet Overlay

Dennis Serge, Designer at Kitchen Views in Mansfield, MA

In this era of instant communication and access to just about anything on the Internet, I have noticed that the customers who come into our showrooms are much more well versed regarding cabinet terminology and construction features than they ever have been before. I have also noticed, however, that there still seems to be confusion in some people’s minds when it comes to discussing cabinet “overlay”.

Basically, there are three terms to remember, standard or partial overlay, full overlay, and inset. In all three, the cabinet box size does not change — the differences are in the size of the doors and drawer fronts.

STANDARD OR PARTIAL OVERLAY

Partial Frame Overlay

When viewing standard overlay cabinets, the front frames of the cabinetry are visible around the doors and drawer fronts. This is also sometimes referred to as a traditional overlay and is still a popular choice, particularly in older, more vintage homes. It also has the advantage of being the least expensive option.

FULL OVERLAY

Full Framed Overlay

On full overlay cabinetry, the doors and drawer fronts are over-sized and virtually all of the cabinet framework is hidden by them. Although a more expensive option than the standard overlay, there are two advantages to this construction. First is accessibility. Full overlay cabinets with double doors do not have a center stile between the doors as part of the frame that you need to reach around or behind. Many customers are very appreciative of this feature. Also, most manufacturers will offer a wider variety of door styles to choose from in full overlay than they do in standard.

INSET

Inset Overlay

Inset doors are the most expensive of the three options, and until recently were usually available only from the manufacturers of custom cabinetry. In this option, the doors and drawer fronts do not overlay the cabinet frames at all. Rather, as the name suggests, they are inset flush with the cabinet frame. This can create some dramatic effects and the rich look of fine furniture.

Let your Kitchen Views design professional help choose the overlay style that is right for your tastes, your home, and your budget.

Dennis Serge
Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple St
Mansfield, MA 02048
Tel: 508-339-8020 x 5617
dserge@kitchenviews.com

What on Earth Does “Door Overlay” Mean?

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views at National Lumber

In the language of cabinet design, what on earth does “door overlay” mean?

When speaking with a designer about renovating your kitchen, have you been asked about your preference for “door overlay”? While you are quite familiar with the current cabinets you use daily, most homeowners would just shrug their shoulders at this question. Yet it’s an important consideration when planning your new kitchen. We’re here to educate you on the available products and their construction so that you can make informed decisions.

 

Here are four common door overlays, with basic descriptions:

Framed – Full,  Framed – Partial, Inset,  Frameless

 

Framed = Full or Partial, the cabinet box face is seen around the cabinet door and drawer. This is a traditional cabinet style.

Inset = the cabinet door and drawer face are set into the cabinet box. This is a traditional furniture style.

Frameless = the cabinet box is not “framed” on the front, and only the cabinet door and drawer face are seen. This is a modern, European style.

 

Now, going beyond surface appearances, here is what the term “door overlay” indicates in the basic construction of the cabinet:

Framed cabinets have a ¾ inch hardwood frame that is attached to the sides, top and bottom and overhangs each side ¼ inch. The door sets on top of the frame. A full overlay is a larger door that leaves a small amount of face frame to be viewed. A partial overlay means that the door is smaller, revealing more of the frame. If you can stick two or more of your fingers between the doors, you have a partial overlay cabinet.

Inset cabinets are a framed cabinet that has the door inset into the frame. This provides a look more like furniture. However, changes in humidity will have an effect on the functioning of doors and drawers. In New England, humidity levels change with the seasons. Because the door is set into the frame, it can stick during summer when the wood swells in high humidity. When humidity decreases in winter, you can see spaces around the doors as the wood contracts. You will not see these problems if you control the humidity at around 50 percent year-round with the use of air-conditioning in summer and humidifiers in winter.

Frameless cabinets are essentially a box with finished front edges but no face frame. The door and drawer front completely cover the box front. This allows wider drawers and gives you full access to your cabinets with no “lip” in the way as you move items in and out.

For answers to any more of your cabinet or design questions, please call us at Kitchen Views 508.DESIGNS [337.4467].

 

Brandy L. Souza, General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd
New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x 3163
Fax: 508-742-1498
bsouza@kitchenviews.com


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