Frameless (Euro) Cabinets

Frameless construction refers to the construction of cabinets using engineered panel material usually melamine with a particleboard or medium density fibreboard core, or wood veneers on a plywood core.  The cabinet boxes are faced with a matching edgetape rather than the wood overlay frame in face frame cabinets.  Doors on frameless cabinets overlay the cabinet box to cover the edge.  By eliminating the face frame, you can have more room to get objects inside with more usable space.  Park Cabinets constructs all its cabinets using frameless construction.

Face Frame

face frame in cabinet making is the frame fixed to the front of a cabinet box which covers the edges of the box and is how the doors are attached.  A face frame provides strength to the front of a cabinet and is also considered a visual feature of particular styles of furniture.

Face frames are a more traditional cabinetry and have generally been replaced  by frameless cabinets.      Park Cabinets does not make or sell face frame cabinets.

Park Cabinets utilizes leading edge computer aided design (CAD) software to do our cabinet design work. In todays manufacturing environment it is the “brains” of the operation. Our professional designers will work with you to develop a layout for your room based on site measurements and your needs and how you would like to utilize the space. The design process results in floor plan layouts, elevation drawings and 3D perspective drawings of the room and cabinetry for your review and approval.


The next step is to translate the CAD drawings to a cut list for use in our computer numerically controlled (CNC) saw and router to cut the material.  Jobs are typically cut on a just-in-time basis a few days before it is installed.  Pieces are custom cut for each job as we do not inventory any pre-cut or pre-assembled cabinets.  This allows us to make cabinets of virtually any size at a cost competitive with companies that only make stock cabinets.  We have no inventory expense having to carry a wide range of sizes, woods, colors and so on.  We custom manufacture each job based on your needs, not a standard catalog of sizes to make our life easier!


Park Cabinets performs virtually all our own finishing work in-house in our advanced spray booth. We have agressively pursued process and material changes to reduce our environmental footprint by switching to the exclusive use of water based stains to eliminate our volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions and working environment for our finishing staff. We also use low VOC solvent lacquers and are hopeful to switch them to water based products soon as well.


The final step in building your cabinets is the assembly process. We use the superior construction technique of dowels and glue then “squeeze” the cabinet together under the high pressure Leveraging tools such as Flume and Sqoop, the team is able to move into and out of Hadoop and push it into a relational model so that it can be que- ried with familiar SQL tools. of a case clamp. This clamping mechanism ensures the cabinets are completely square and as the glue sets up in a short period of time the cabinet is construction is complete. This method of constructio is far superior to the cheaper methods of staples, pin nails or screws. While we may use pins or screws occasionally, they are there simply to hold components in place until the glueing and clamping process is completed.

Once the cabinet is assembled, the doors can be hung, drawer boxes inserted and drawer fronts attached and the cabinet is ready for shipping and installation.


Generally this is the only part of the process you will see. The installation is critical to ensuring you end up with an excellent finished product. The base cabinets are designed to sit on separate bases (sometimes called a toe kick or plinth). There are a number of advantages to this type of installation. A separate base allows for a much simpler levelling process. It also protects the cabinet from potential water damage if there happened to be a flood in your home. Water might damage the base, but it is much easier to replace the base than the entire cabinet.

Our professional staff take great care in setting and leveling the bases as this sets the stage for the rest of the installation. Once the bases are set the base cabinets are installed. If laminate countertops are being installed, they are fitted on the base cabinets after the base cabinets are securely in place. The upper cabinets are then installed and finished with crown molding if that has been chosen. To finish off the installation doors and drawer fronts are adjusted so proper alignment and spacing is achieved and handles are installed.

Cabinet Interiors

The two most common materials used for cabinet interiors are melamine and wood veneers. Most often melamines are applied onto a wood panel constructed with a particleboard core. Wood veneers are commonly applied to both particleboard and MDF cores.

In today’s cabinet construction, melamine and particleboard core is by far the most common material used. This is done for a variety of reasons: cost effectiveness, stability of the product, and consistency of the thickness of the panel.  Today’s melamine and particleboard technology is extremely advanced using low or no VOC materials and sophisticated materials engineering to create panels optimized for cabinet construction.

The standard material used in Park Cabinets cabinet box construction is melamine.  However, customer’s have the option of wood veneer cabinet boxes (e.g., birch veneer on plywood core) if that is what they want.


Melamine Drawer Boxes
The standard drawer box offered by Park Cabinets is a melamine drawer box in which ever color matches the chosen cabinet interior.  The drawer box is constructed with a rabbet joint front and back and with the drawer bottom inserted in a dado joint.  With the joints glued and stapled, the drawer box is very strong and ready for years of flawless use.

Solid Birch Drawer Boxes
The optional drawer box offered by Park Cabinets is a solid birch (or other wood if desired) drawer box.  While it is available with any type of cabinet interior, it is typically chosen with birch plywood interiors or maple melamine.  The drawer box is constructed with a dovetail joint and with the casino drawer bottom inserted in a dado joint.  The dovetail joint is very strong and visually appealing satisfying customers that simply like this traditional look.  

Drawer Slides

Park Cabinets uses high quality concealed undermount Blum drawer slides as the standard hardware with drawer boxes.

These drawer slides are the industry leader and offer smooth, quiet operation and a very clean look with the hardware concealed underneath the drawer box.  The standard drawer slide is a the very popular soft closing full extension slide, now with 4 built-in adjustments that allow users to make fine adjustments themselves.  They also come in an extra heavy duty height specification for an additional upcharge.

Door Styles

Doors are one of the most visible parts of your cabinets and the style and finish of the doors is most often what people think about when they look at buying new cabinets.  In our showroom we have dozens of door styles on display between our cabinets on display and the door sample display racks.  While we have samples of many of the more popular door styles, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations of profiles that you can choose from that are “standard” and available from the suppliers we deal with for our custom ordered doors.  In our displays, we have examples of all the major types of door styles:

  • Flat Panel Doors – a modern look with a whole variety of options including wood veneers, eco wood veneer, thermally fused laminates (melamines), high pressure laminates, acrylics and other options.
  • One Piece MDF Doors – a good less expensive option for solid color lacquer finishes
  • Thermofoil Doors
  • Solid Wood Slab Doors
  • Raised Panel Doors (five piece mortise and tenon or mitre joint construction)
  • Recessed Panel Doors (five piece mortise and tenon or mitre joint construction)

Door Sample Display Racks

Door Sample Display Racks

With literally hundreds of possible combinations of outside, inside and panel profiles we can only display a relatively small percentage of the potential combinations.  If we do not have the particular door style that you want, there is a very high probability that we can provide that door style from the standard available profiles.  If you want to see examples of standard available profiles, the brochure from one of our major door suppliers illustrates the potential profiles you could chose from.

Click here to view a PDF of Door Profiles.

Inserts & Accessories

One of the product areas that has expanded significantly is the category of “accessories” like cabinet inserts.  No longer just the typical cutlery insert there are wide range of inserts available for kitchens, bathrooms, pantries, closets, and offices.

Below are just a few of the popular accessories.  Most of these inserts and accessories are purchased from a company like Rev A Shelf and the cabinet is designed to work with the size specifications of the desired accessory.

Sink tipout and tray


Pullout garbage

Pullout organizer

Blind corner pullout

Pantry pullout

Plate storage

Spice Drawer Organizer

 Wine Racks

 Closet Organizer


Our showroom has a great selection of handles and knobs from leading suppliers of cabinet hardware.  You can see select hardware from:

In all our cabinet proposals Park Cabinets includes a standard allowance for handles.  There are hundreds of handles available from these suppliers that fit within this allowance; however, if you select hardware that is more expensive you can simply pay the upgrade cost difference between the allowance  and your selection.  Should you choose to supply your own handles, the allowance is deducted from your proposal price.

Richelieu Hardware

Marathon Hardware

Amerock Hardware


Park Cabinets offers a full range of countertop products with flat lay laminate countertops we manufacture, as well as postform laminate countertops through Floform Countertops and the popular range of stone and solid surface countertops including:

  • Granite
  • Quartz
  • Corian


There are 2 basic types of laminate countetops – flat lay styles and postform.

Park Cabinets manufacturers our own flat lay countertops with either a square PL edge or the more popular bevel edge. The advantages of this style is they can be made without seams in a corner and depending on the size of the countertop, with no seam at all.

Postform countertops are only manufactured by a couple of companies in Canada so we purchase them though an industry partner like Floform Countertops. Postform tops offer a wider range of edge profiles with or without integrated backsplashes. While they have the advantage of a selection of seamless front edges, when installed on countertops with angles, they must be pieced together with mitre joints so they have visible physical joints at any corner.

Laminate colors and finishes have advanced significantly in the last few years with a wide range of very affordable options to select from. Below are the most popular suppliers we deal with and their websites offer good tools to view the laminate colors.

  • Formica
  • WilsonArt
  • Arborite

Stone and Solid Surface Countertops

In stone countertops, there  are 2 general types.  The first type are those of 100% natural stone like granite, soapstone, marble and various other niche products.  These are naturally occurring stone that are quarried, cut into slabs and then cut to countertops and finished.  The second type is an engineered product where the slabs are manufactured from a combination of materials depending on the product.  For quartz, the slab is made of approximately 93% natural quartz stone and the remainder being coloring pigments and resin to form a solid slab in a manufacturing process.

Corian is also manufactured but is made in a process that is completely different from a quartz product. It is made exclusively from Dupont chemicals and colouring systems as they are original inventor of the Corian product.

Stone countertops have become increasingly popular over the past few years. While some products may be more affordable than they previously were, they all maintain a significant premium to laminates.

All the stone and solid surfaces come with their own unique benefits making some a more suitable choice in certain applications than others. However, it most often comes down to a personal choice based on your own style and what you find appealing in the range of colors available and which set of product benefits you find best suits your needs.

There are numerous resources available that outline the characteristics of granite , quartz, Corian, marble, soapstone and so on. We would be pleased to show you each and outline the differences between them and help you select which best fits in your situation.

Ready To Get Started?

Give us a call, come by the showroom, or send us a note to discuss what you need and we would be delighted to work with you to design cabinetry to fit your unique needs!