Often when we work with Kitchen Designers, one of the first questions they ask us is, “Does the client want full-overlay or partial overlay cabinetry?” When we ask our clients to get their feedback on the decision they often aren’t really sure which to choose without an explanation.

So what is the difference between “Full Overlay” and “Partial Overlay” cabinetry reveals? Let us show you!

Full overlay cabinets show very little of the frame (often there is a 1/4″ gap between doors and/or drawers). “Full” is referring to the front coverage of the cabinet frame itself.

Full Overlay Cabinet Doors

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Partial Overlay cabinets in contrast, cover only some of the frame beyond covering the door hole. Much more of the frame is shown with Partial Overlay. You can often see a distinct difference between sets of doors. When the doors look like they nearly touch, it is a Full Overlay. When there is a space showing the frame in between the doors it is partial.

 Partial Overlay Cabinet Doors

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In contrast to both of those there is also Inset cabinet doors which reveal the entire frame as the door is the exact size of the hole and the door is flush to the cabinet inside the door hole.

 Inset Cabinet Doors

 

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Which reveal do you find the most appealing? Do you love seeing the cabinet frame?

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