Get to Know Cabinet Overlay Types

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What is Cabinet Overlay?

Overlay is the term used for the way the door of the cabinet sits on the frame. RTA cabinets (as with other types) come in three basic cabinet overlay types: 

  • Partial overlay
  • Full overlay
  • Inset

Partial Overlay Cabinets

Also known as, American style cabinets, as the name implies, partial overlay cabinets have doors and drawers that only partially overlay the frame. Some of the cabinet frame face shows but the opening is completely covered.

Partial overlay cabinets are very common, and we carry a lot of them here at RTA Cabinet Store. It is a classic look and also allows for a great-looking face frame to show through. When you think cabinets, this is probably the picture you see in your mind.

Full Overlay Cabinets

Full overlay cabinets are also called Euro-style cabinets. This type of construction has the drawers and doors completely covering the face frame. The doors and drawer fronts create a continuous surface, giving a more uniform look to your cabinets.

The one disadvantage to this style is in the corners, where opposing cabinets on a corner could collide. Otherwise, we love this cabinet overlay type, for the modern look it gives a kitchen.

Inset Cabinets

This type of cabinet has no frame at all. The doors and drawers slide right into the cabinet and don’t rest against anything when closed. They are not technically a cabinet overlay type but is listed here for comparison.

It gives a similar look as the full overlay cabinet that’s smooth and clean lined. It’s perfect for modern or contemporary design styles.

Before you make a move to buy your new kitchen cabinets, be sure to download The Consumer’s Guide to Kitchen Cabinets so you have all the details before making a decision.

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