frameless cabinet specs please (gaps between each drawer)

illinigirlFebruary 3, 2014

how tight can I expect my custom cabinet maker to get the gaps between the drawers (top to bottom and side to side)? I have a meeting tomorrow and when I ask about their specs I'd like to have a frame of reference.


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Mine are pretty tight. I don't really have stacks next to each other, but between cabinets (one door back to the next door back) looks like about 1/4 in, maybe less? The drawers are all very tight top to bottom, definitely less than 1/4 in, more like 1/8 or less in most places. They gaps look wider in pictures from the front because of the edge profile, but looking from the side not much space at all.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 4:07PM
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Thickness of a nickel should be just about perfect...have been using that trick for years, much easier then trying to measure 2MM (or a light 3/32") via tape measure!

There is no real standard that I know of, the higher end European brands are pretty much right at 2MM...American brands tend to be closer to 1/8"...of course that is based on my personal experience

I would suggest keeping a slightly larger gap between the bottom of the counter and the top of any doors/drawer fronts

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 4:38PM
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I have 1/8" in each direction. It looks like 1/4" from the front because of the bevel at the face of the drawers, but pull the drawers out and measure and it's 1/8" on the nose.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 4:41PM
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I'm used to 1/16" per edge making 1/8 between doors, drawers both side to side and top to bottom. Bottom edges flush, top edges 1/4.
Nickel sounds good if making em.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 7:11PM
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We're in the process of getting "adjusted" now that cabinets are installed...we are about 1/8". Truth be told, that narrow of a gap is making me a little nervous...I keep thinking that they are going to hit one another.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 8:52PM
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More important than a particular thickness of a space is consistency.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 12:25AM
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