From Classical Revival to French Country to Danish Modern, many of today’s decorative styles originated in Europe and can properly be called “European.” But when the term is used to describe kitchen cabinets, it actually refers to one special innovation: frameless cabinets.
Here’s some more info about frameless or European kitchen cabinets, and what they can do for your own cook space.
The cost of European-style kitchen cabinets depends on the type and quality of materials used, size of the cabinets, and cost of labor in your area. Get a price quote to learn what this style of cabinets would cost you.
The durability of European-style cabinets depends on the materials used to construct them. Hickory, maple and oak, for example, will surely outlast melamine and thermofoil kitchen cabinets, but maybe you prefer the look of stainless steel, another long-lasting contender. It really boils down to your preference in cabinet design, and from there you can find a durable material that works for your cooking style.
Cleaning European-style cabinets is the same as most other types of cabinets and tends to be relatively painless. Simply wipe the cabinets down with a soft, damp cloth, or for tougher stains, use a cleaning solution of dishwashing detergent and water. Always dry afterwards.
These cabinets originally took advantage of the development of the invisible hinge, and often used little or no visible hardware, resulting in a sleek, uninterrupted surface. In the hands of clever designers, the cabinets were dubbed “Euro,” after the surge of contemporary and modern kitchen design originating there. Thus came the name.
Yes, as the style has taken hold, the benefits of frameless construction have led to its popularity. These days, in addition to modern and contemporary, more traditional styles like Mission, Shaker, and Asian take advantage of frameless construction, or at least some of its elements, to make their own distinctive statement.
European-style kitchen cabinets refer to a 20th-century innovation in frameless cabinet design. Once the exclusive product of high-end designers, and usually only found in cabinets imported from Italy or Scandinavia, frameless or Euro cabinets have since evolved into a wide variety of kitchen design styles.
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