So, what’s the difference, you may ask? At Handcrafted Kitchens we hand make bespoke in frame and bespoke lay on cabinets for kitchens, media rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms at our workshop in Hazel Grove.

Bespoke In Frame Cabinets

As the name infers, these cabinets have a visible frame around the door or drawer face and the wooden doors, are generally hung on exposed butt hinges, within the wooden frame attached to the front of the carcass. The wooden frame attached to the wooden door provides great strength and is aesthetically a visual feature. Adding a cockbead to the frame is particularly in keeping with period properties.

Shaker Classic Kitchen with Cockbead, Bramhall

Shaker Classic Kitchen

For centuries, all cabinet furniture was made using the in-frame method because of it’s superior stability and durability which will last a lifetime. A simple yet elegant look, this type of kitchen design with Shaker doors looks equally at home in a Country Cottage, Victorian town house or new build home. Adapting the style of plinth or skirting and type of cornice can change the character of this type of kitchen to adapt to the surroundings. Take a look below at the variety of styles of in frame kitchens and other furniture made by Handcrafted Kitchens.

In Frame Country Kitchen, Bollington

Country Kitchen

Shaker Classic Kitchen In Frame Altrincham with Traditional Cornice

Shaker Classic Kitchen

Modern Shaker In Frame Kitchen, Heaton Moor with no Cornice

Modern Shaker In Frame Kitchen

Contemporary In Frame Shaker Kitchen with flat cornice, Romiley, Stockport

Contemporary In Frame Shaker Kitchen

Shaker In frame Bathroom Cabinet, Hale, Altrincham

Shaker In frame Bathroom

Shaker In frame Bathroom Cabinet, Bramhall

Shaker In frame Bathroom Cabinet

Shaker In frame bedroom study furniture Hale, Altrincham

Shaker In frame bedroom study furniture

The colour of the kitchen and chosen appliances can really change the personality of a kitchen whilst the frame is built using the same hand made techniques. At Handcrafted Kitchens we can paint your kitchen any colour you choose. Take a look at the vibrant colours chosen to paint in frame kitchens below.

Shaker In frame Kitchen, Wilmslow

Shaker In frame Kitchen

Country Kitchen in Pine, Lancashire

Country Kitchen

And, if you prefer a more modern look, we can make in frame with concealed hinges like the kitchen below at a home in Bramhall.

In frame concealed hinges Bramhall Kitchen renovation

concealed hinges

Bespoke Lay on Kitchens

This style of door usually gives a more contemporary look. Slab doors are generally used with lay on doors, each positioned next to each other creating a sleek finish across the cabinets. A perfect example below are the handless push to open book matched oak drawers installed in a home in Stockport. The boldly painted slab doors with J handles add a pop of colour to this contemporary kitchen design to complement the jewel colour scheme in the open plan living space.

Lay On book matched wood Kitchen in Stockport

Lay On book matched wood

With lay on kitchens, the doors attach to the front of the carcass, hung on modern concealed hinges providing great support and stability and can be fitted with a soft close function.

A very different design below was created for a detached property in Bramhall; a bespoke lay on minimal Scandi-kitchen design painted in soft green with brass accessories and natural leather handles. An oasis of calm and perfect retreat from a day in the city.

Contemporary Kitchen Design, Stockport

Contemporary Kitchen
Contemporary Kitchen

In common with our in frame furniture we make all our lay on cabinets individually to order so we can make any size you like and in any colour.


Call us on 0161 4837821 to find out more and book a free design consultation.