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Welcome to the task of buying cabinets; we know that it can be overwhelming with the choices available in the market today. At Design Center East LLC, we will help you make the proper cabinet selection for your project.

Buying cabinets is like buying a car, you may have a look in mind for the exterior or even a make, but do not know all of the particulars. These are the particulars that make up the quality and price differences from one manufacturer to the other.

Often people come into our showroom, after having been to another, confused and frustrated with the process of choosing a cabinet line.

We feel that it is our job to give you the information you need to make the proper selection. We know the pros and cons of each of our lines, and give you honest factual information.

In Order to Compare Lines From One Manufacturer to Another, You Need a Good Overview of the Different Components That Make up a Cabinet.

The following is a quick overview to get you started:
  • Cabinet box: the outer shell of the cabinet. You can have either a framed or frameless box
  • Box composition: boxes are generally made up of plywood, high-density particle board, MDF and Masonite in different combinations and thicknesses
  • Interior finish: how the inside is finished. Wood veneer, melamine or finished to match exterior finish, this is usually done for an open wall unit or unit that has a glass door
  • Exterior finish: flat side of box or door matched panel, either finished to match door color
  • Shelves: wood, particle board, or MDF in different thicknesses
  • Shelf clips: plastic locking, metal-plastic combination and metal posts
  • Drawer box: metabox, particle board, plywood or hardwood
  • Drawer box joinery: butt, overlap and dovetail
  • Drawer glides: epoxy coated or steal. Side mounted or undermount. Partial extension, full extension, and full extension soft close
  • Door hinges: concealed or exposed. Barrel or cup pull. Standard or self-soft closing
  • Door mounting: Full overlay, partial overlay, full inset, and partial inset
  • Door / drawer front materials: Solid wood, MDF, themofoil with particle board core, wood veneer center panels or plywood center panels
  • Door joinery: mortise and tennon or miter with spline or dowels and a combination of the two
  • Door styles: slab, raised panel, raised panel arch and flat panel
  • Drawer fronts styles: slab or 5 piece door match
  • Woods: oak, hickory, alder, birch, red birch, maple and cherry
  • Finish: painted, solid stain and stain. Distressed, rubbed, glazed and rustic with different sheens
  • Accessories: most of the accessories installed in cabinets are made by aftermarket companies and purchased by the cabinet manufacturers for installation
We will put together the different components that are important to you and help you select the line that meets both your budget and sense of design.


A traditional cabinet box look is achieved with a face frame. This is referred to as a framed cabinet box. The face frame is a hardwood that matches the wood of the door and is generally about 1 1/2" wide and varies depending on the cabinet manufacturer. The face frame is attached to the box with glue and staples from the inside. The face frame is butted, glued and joined with slot screws. The frame has a routed groove the thickness of the sides so there is an overlap. Doors are mounted to the face frame and depending on the look can be partial or full overlay, full or partial inset. Framed cabinets are especially good for stand-alone units since the face frame will hold the box truer or square over time. The bottom shelf will also be stronger over time. However, all the other shelves will perform the same as in a frameless box. Also, all the other cabinet options remain the same for both framed and frameless.


A streamlined cabinet box look is achieved without a face frame. This is referred to as a frameless cabinet box or full access or European style. These boxes are generally made from either 5/8" or 3/4" materials and have either a wood veneer or PVC edge treatment. They are assembled using dowels to fasten the sides to the top and bottom. The doors are mounted to the inside front edge of the box with fully adjustable hinges. The doors are a full overlay due to the nature of the construction. All of the other cabinet options remain the same for both frameless and framed cabinets. A frameless kitchen will give you the feeling that the cabinets are continuous. It is important to remember that when designing with frameless cabinets you need to have fillers next to the walls to leave clearance for doors and drawers to properly operate.
Frameless Cabinet

Wood Cabinet Choices

  • Oak
  • Hickory
  • Birch
  • Maple
  • Cherry
Oak Cabinet

Multiple Finishes

  • Painted
  • Solid stain
  • Stain
  • Distressed
  • Glazed
  • Rustic in multiple sheens
Call 860-450-8442 for a FREE estimate on the cabinets you need.
Visit ourshowroom today and take a look at the options we have available.
Luxor Collection
Touchstone Fine Cabinetry
Woodland Cabinetry
Waypoint Living Spaces
Wolf Home Products
“DCE worked so hard and so expertly to transform my office! It’s now a place that functions so well and is calm and restful, even when work is involved. You are all the best!”

-Linda, Coventry
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