The Difference Between In-Frame and Lay-On Style Shaker Kitchens

difference between In-frame and lay on

The Difference Between In-Frame and Lay-On Style Shaker Kitchens

When customers first begin their kitchen design process with us, there are a few questions that tend to crop up regularly. One of the most freqent requests is for us to explain the difference between in-frame and lay-on style shaker kitchens.  Both are stylish options but there are two real differences that will impact your final choice:

  • Aesthetics
  • Budget

Lay-On Style

With a lay-on door style, the door lays on the front of the carcass of the kitchen unit. With this style you have concealed hinges and can incorporate the soft close feature. This applies to doors and drawers. Both sit on the front of the carcass, rather than sit within a frame. 

We love the simplicity and elegance you get with the lay-on style.

In-Frame Style

With the in-frame style, you will be able to see the hinges. This is because instead of laying on top of the carcass, the door sits within a visible frame. The hinges are called butt hinges and they come in a range of finishes and colours, so no compromise on style or colour scheme

Soft close is not possible with in-frame doors, instead, we use sutble magnets to keep the doors snugly closed. However, this compromise is just limited to the doors, you can incorporate the soft close on the the drawer boxes.

We love the added detail of the frame and hinges on the in-frame style, especially on big pantry units.

Cost implication?

There is a cost difference between the two styles. In-frame shaker kitchens are about 20% more expensive than lay-on shaker kitchens. This is simply due to the amount of work involved in the making of in-frame kitchen furniture.  

Ready to see which you prefer? Browse some of our recent projects below to see the different styles and get some inspiration. 

In-Frame Painted Shaker Kitchen Projects

Period Cottage in Sussex

Large Family Home in the Ashdown Forest

Traditional House in Dormansland


Lay-On Door Shaker Kitchen Projects

Period Farmhouse in West Sussex

Modern Family home in Surrey

Stable Conversion in Ashurst Wood

If you want to take a closer look at these styles, pop into the showroom where we have both on display. Drop in or book an appointment at info@kitchensbespoke.co.uk or call 01342 313 133.

  • Scott Pearce
    Posted at 13:21h, 03 October Reply

    I particularly appreciated her insights on the importance of choosing high-quality materials and hardware. As she points out, kitchen cabinets are a major investment, so it’s important to choose products that will last. I also agree with her assessment that DIY kitchens are not for everyone. If you’re not comfortable with DIY projects, or if you don’t have the time or resources to commit to a major kitchen renovation, then it’s probably best to hire a professional.

  • Scott Pearce
    Posted at 13:23h, 03 October Reply

    Thank you for this informative article. I appreciate the clear and concise explanation of the two styles. No matter which style of Shaker kitchen you choose, you’re sure to get a beautiful and functional space that you’ll love for years to come.

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