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Kitchens and bathrooms cabinetry styles today are constructed for modern building standards. That includes the working and kitchen environments from machining to cleaning the finished product/s.

This document deals with the various styles that can be used in kitchen, cabinet, carcasses, cupboards, kickers, bulkheads, and bench-tops. This is a story that has been written for the KitchenPages. If any offensive meaning is made to you, or taken by you the reader, it is suggested you exit this document that has offended you.

In many areas of the world kitchens are constructed from various materials - the materials used tend to suggest a style of manufacture. In many western cultures solid timbers or panneled products are used to construct boxes. These are described below in more detail:

example of framed cupboard styleFrame or Faced Kitchen Cabinets, or Cupboards. A frame is constructed where face panels are applied, doors close onto face panels (older styles of doors may be also a frame with a face applied to overhang door frame)

example of prefabricated cabinet stylePre-Fabricated Kitchen Cabinets, or Cupboards. The entire Kitchen is constructed as a single work onsite or in the workshop, in one or two large carcases. Doors close inside or on face of panels

example of modular cupboard styleModular Kitchen Cabinets, or Cupboards. Like Pre-Fabricated but using smaller carcases that join into one or more larger units. Doors close inside or on face of panels

example of kitform carcases delivery methodKit-Form Kitchen Cabinets, or Cupboards. Like Pre-Fabricated but carcases are in parts that require assembly onsite. (not really considered a style as noted below)

Please note that the delivery methods may also differ from Framed, Pre-fabricated, Module, Kitform, or flatpack depending on site location or delivery methods of supplier. Normaly Australian Kitchens are supplied in a Pre-fabricated module form of one kind or another and assembled onsite by an installer - however methods may differ from business to business.

Each of the above construction methods has its advantages and dis-advantages. Overall these methods are accepted as a standard and cabinetmakers generally make the choice of style depending on the client, materials used for construction, and shipping requirements.

It is also possible to have a Faced Kitchen created using Modular carcases depending on your requirements.
The kickers and bulkheads should reflect the style of the project - Older style faced kitchens look nicer with decorated mould routed bulk-heads, along with moulded door styles, and deep kickers (creating a shadow line). These can be applied after the cabinet cupboards are installed.

The client should know the building style of their prefered cabinetmaker to allow for costs of installing; as an example: modular carcases require a-little more fitting time, etc.

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