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Front Frame or Full Carcase?

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Whatever door system you decide on for your new bedroom wardrobes, sliding doors or traditional hinged doors choosing the type of carcase system, front frame or full carcase will not only decide the look and feel of your new built in wardrobes but also the price.

Types of fitted wardrobe carcase

To help you reach your final decision we have compiled this general guide for the two types of fitted bedroom furniture that is available, carcase and front frame system.

Most companies will only tell you the advantages of the system they supply. With The Leicester Kitchen Co. we will give you an unbiased opinion based on your type of room and the design you are looking, for the reason for this is unlike other companies we offer both options.

The quote about standard door sizes you can ignore as we do not have no standard door sizes, our doors are made specific to your requirements making us unique in the fitted bedroom industry.

Built in wardrobes … types available

The first thing you need to ask yourself is … which type of built in wardrobe is right for me?
These are two basic types of built in wardrobes, as listed below:

Full carcase built in wardrobes
Frame construction built in wardrobes

Full carcase built in wardrobes.

Full carcase built in wardrobes are defined as having a base, top, two sides, and a back panel. (i.e. when you open the doors you see a “fully lined” wardrobe interior).

The construction of carcase furniture is such that wardrobe’s  have “leveling features” – adjustable legs – under the floor of the carcase.
Wardrobes are built to a height allowing for a 100mm plinth and a 100mm scribe to the ceiling – filler panel – to achieve a completely fitted appearance. (Side scribing panels will also be required at the end of each run)

Frame construction built in wardrobes.

Frame furniture generally has a base panel but no floor, sides or backing panel, and can be constructed from floor to ceiling, with a 100mm scribe to ceiling (when you open the doors you see the back wall and ceiling.
The “frame” of the built in wardrobe is constructed “on-site” and is scribed to adjacent walls and the ceiling.

Our conclusion … which built in wardrobe system is best?

Anyone who attempts to convince you one built in wardrobe system is best, is at best … missing the point!

Any built in wardrobes that fulfil your storage requirements are ultimately providing what you need, and are therefore as good as any other built in wardrobes.

However you have to make a choice at some stage … and these points may help you decide which built in wardrobe system suits you!

Carcase Construction built in wardrobes:

Advantages

Generally quicker to install than other built in wardrobe systems
Provides sealed cabinet interior
No restrictions to built in wardrobe depth – can be as shallow or deep as required

Disadvantages

Usually not best suited to fitting under sloping ceilings
No access to space above top and side filler panels
Wardrobes have set width – 1200mm maximum

 

Frame Construction built in wardrobes:

Advantages

Total access to all available storage
Particularly suited to fitting under sloping ceilings
No restrictions to built in wardrobe depth – can be as shallow or deep as required

Disadvantages

No backing panel means that internal walls may need preparing first
Installation normally takes longer.

 

As a rule of thumb full carcase fitted wardrobes can cost slightly more than  front frame wardrobes, to find out which system suits your requirements the best please call us for an informal chat and arrange a free home design visit.

 

 

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