What Are In-Frame Kitchens?
Thanks to their timeless, elegant looks and superb quality, in-frame kitchens have always been popular. However, in recent years, they have become even more desirable. Known for their outstanding longevity, they make a popular choice for those hoping to lessen the environmental impact of their new kitchen with a longer-lasting solution. But what exactly is an in-frame kitchen, and how does it differ from other kitchens on the market? Hopefully, this article will answer your questions…
What Is An In-Frame Kitchen?
In-frame kitchens refer to a type of kitchen where the cabinet door or drawer sits within a frame. The frame is attached to the front of the carcass, strengthening the cabinet and adding an elegant visual detail. This very traditional method of construction utilises age-old carpentry techniques. Much of the furniture produced before the 20th Century was built in this way as modern hinges were unavailable.
How Are In-Frame Kitchens Different From Shaker Kitchens?
As fitted kitchens became more popular and technology improved, manufacturers began producing kitchens with ‘lay-on’ doors. Essentially comprised of a simple box and a flat piece of timber for the door, these kitchens were much cheaper and quicker to mass produce. Many modern and shaker kitchens are still constructed in this way today. In-frame kitchens differ in terms of construction and are bespoke. However, as in-frame kitchens often feature a traditional shaker-style design, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two. Shaker doors are characterised by a raised frame that sits on top of the door itself. This is different from the frame surrounding the door of an in-frame kitchen.
Are In-Frame Kitchens Expensive?
Producing a true in-frame kitchen requires a great deal of skill and experience. Thus, they are inevitably more expensive to make than simple, lay-on designs. Since so much time and craftsmanship goes into building an in-frame kitchen, it also makes sense to use the best quality materials, which also adds to the cost. However, in-frame kitchens are highly regarded for their exquisite quality and impressive longevity, and, as such, many see them as long-term investments and are willing to pay more. That being said, they are not necessarily more expensive than a top-of-the-range German handleless kitchen.
What Are The Benefits Of Choosing An In-Frame Kitchen?
In-Frame Kitchens Are Built To Last- Crafted using age-old techniques and superior materials, in-frame kitchens are built to stand the test of time. Their framed construction also adds strength while protecting the edges of the door, making them an exceptionally durable choice.
They Are Custom-Made To Fit Your Space- In-frame kitchens are usually made-to-order to fit the exact dimensions of your room. As well as maximising every inch of space, this also brings a beautiful, bespoke look to your interior.
They Look Beautiful- The exquisite craftsmanship and classic detailing at the heart of an in-frame kitchen evoke breathtaking charm, setting them apart from any other design. Whether you choose a stunning hand-painted finish with brushed-brass handles or a gorgeous natural timber look, there are so many ways to personalise your furniture and make it even more beautiful.
They Are Often Made From Timber- Since so much time and effort goes into crafting an in-frame kitchen, it would be sacrilege to use poor-quality MDF or chipboard. Most in-frame kitchens are built from solid wood. Not only is FSC/PEFC-certified timber considered a sustainable material, but it can easily be sanded back and repainted should you wish to refresh your kitchen over the years.
What Are The Downsides Of Opting For An In-Frame Kitchen?
In-Frame Kitchens Can Be More Expensive- An in-frame kitchen may not be the best choice if you’re planing to keep costs to a minimum. Due to the work and materials involved in crafting in-frame furniture, they tend to be more expensive than other kitchen styles. Nevertheless, it’s worth discussing your project with a professional kitchen designer as they will be able to advise what’s achievable.
They Offer Slightly Less Storage Space– The frame surrounding each cabinet slightly reduces the opening size, giving you less clearance when taking items in and out of your cupboards. Kitchen drawers also have to be made smaller to fit inside the opening.
Dust Can Collect Around The Frame- The intricate nature of an in-frame kitchen means there are more edges where dust can collect. However, this seems like a small price to pay for such a beautiful kitchen!
If you’re looking for an elegant classic kitchen that’s built to last a lifetime, a beautiful, handcrafted in-frame kitchen makes an excellent choice. If you have any other questions about whether an in-frame kitchen is for you or would like to discuss your project with our experts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01634 799 909 or email [email protected].