Overlay Explanation

Probably the most confusing aspect of door and drawer front replacement is understanding and figuring out the Overlay.

Fortunately, our Overlay Guide  covers this subject from A-Z

Cabinet Overlay can be difficult to understand but is essential to ordering the proper size doors and drawer fronts, especially if you are going to change from your existing Overlay.


The Overlay will play a huge role in your kitchen's overall appearance, so making the right decision on Overlay size is key to creating a fantastic look that you can be proud of.

To understand Overlay, we have to first understand the cabinet.
The image to the Right illustrates a typical Face Frame Cabinet.  A Face Frame cabinet consists of the cabinet box or carcass, that is usually built using plywood or particle board.  A solid wood frame is then attached to the front of that box in order to create an attractive wooden face that the doors can attach to.

The Frame consists of Horizontal and Vertical pieces of wood, called Stiles and Rails.


European, commonly referred to as Full Access or Frameless cabinets, do not have a Face Frame.  Their Side panels are what the doors attach to.



The next image to the Right shows a side-by-side look at both, a Frameless cabinet and a Face Frame cabinet.  

Notice how the hinges attach to the Frameless cabinet's box while the hinges on the Face Frame cabinet attach to the Face Frame itself.

Frameless cabinets are less common but are typical of some companies such as IKEA and some RTA or Ready To Assemble companies like WholesaleCabinets.US which offers both Frameless and Face Frame cabinets.

Big box stores such as Home Depot and Lowes mostly offer Face Frame cabinets but some of the manufactureres that they carry, such as KraftMaid, Hampton Bay, Midtown, American Woodmark, Diamond, Shenandoah and Schuler offer custom cabinets in either Frameless or Face Frame.

If you aren't sure of the type of cabinet you have, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or Toll Free at (833) 308-3667


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