How does an inframe kitchen compare with a non-inframe kitchen
An example of an inframe kitchen. Image by Photographee.EU (via Shutterstock).
With an inframe kitchen, the devil lies in the detail. The in-frame element refers to the construction of each cupboard door, which adds a traditional look to your kitchen. As well as inframe kitchens, you can also have an inframe effect on your doors. This gives a standard kitchen door the look of (though not the feel of) a genuine inframe kitchen door.
The cabinet door sits within a frame rather than on top of the frame. For many years, such kitchens have been on the expensive side. Today, they compare well with non in-frame equivalents in the price league.
We at A.D. Woodcraft would rather give you a proper inframe kitchen instead of a pale imitation of one. Whether your kitchen is poky or spacious, we enjoy the challenge of designing one that fits around your surroundings and needs.
Inframe, In-frame, or In Frame?
In the context of kitchen design, the correct spelling is ‘inframe’. Sometimes, in-frame may be used, to denote a singular part of the kitchen as in ‘in-frame door’ rather than ‘inframe door’.
Built to last
Before the likes of MFI, Queensway, and B&Q sold fitted kitchens (before the 1970s or thereabouts), most kitchens were constructed using the in-frame method. Unlike frameless kitchen units, an inframe kitchen can last for several years. Decades or centuries even. Secondly, solid wood instead of plywood or chipboard is used in their manufacture.
As they say about anything that is ‘cheap and cheerful’, the latter might not apply. You might need to buy twice, so the cheap kitchen, bookcase, cupboard or wardrobe could have a short shelf life. This is why you are best going for a bespoke kitchen, like one of Austin’s designs, based around your needs.