Inset cabinets are not a different ‘line’ of cabinets with Conestoga, they are simply an option to their standard cabinet line. It simply means that they will make the doors to fit inside the face frame instead of lay on top of it (overlay cabinets). When you place your quote via our form, you can select flush inset, beaded inset, overlay, etc. When you place your quote request via your drawings, simply let us know you want flush inset or beaded inset. Our beaded inset configuration has 2 options, a 1/4″ bead or a 3/8″ bead. The 1/4″ bead is by far the most popular. Conestoga also offers a chamfered inset or an ogee inset. These options require a bit of consultation with us to get the correct edge profile to complement the chamfer or ogee frame profiles, so be sure to contact us if this is the option you are considering.

Inset cabinetry requires a few important considerations by the user:

  • The assembly of the cabinets is the much same for overlay or inset, but the up-fit (installation of doors and drawers) is much more labor intensive. This is why cabinet shops get 25-30% more for inset cabinets. In the case of Conestoga, the up-charge is minimal (generally less than 5-6% upcharge for inset versus overlay) and the increase is only to cover the costlier hinges, drawer glide mounting brackets and pre-fitting charges to ensure the doors/drawer fronts are square in the opening. Be sure to plan extra time for preparing your cabinets.
  • Ideally, hinge brackets are installed on the cabinet face frame PRIOR to assembly. This step is easy to miss but is critical to your workflow.
  • Inset cabinets add a few days to the lead time. Plan accordingly.
  • Inset cabinets require more attention over time. Doors and drawers need to be adjusted as the wood moves seasonally as the 3/32″ space between door and frame will possibly change. This is not difficult, but must be noted and taken into consideration.
  • Not all door styles are available in inset configurations. Solid doors (like flush batten or slab doors), mitered doors, MDF doors and veneered single piece doors (like Astoria or Savoy) are not available in inset. Traditional mortise and tenon (cope and stick) doors are all available. Ask your sales associate if you are unsure about a given design being available in inset or not.
  • Sorting your kitchen for assembly is more difficult with inset. This is because Conestoga must make the face frames with the doors in the door factory in PA. Why? Because the doors and the frames are a matched set (frames and doors are numbered/labeled in case you need to collate them) and therefore must be made and fitted before packaging. The cabinet boxes are made in the NC facility. So, when your job arrives, the doors/face frames are packed on one pallet while the corresponding cabinet box(es) are packed on their own pallets. The sorting part is not hard, just daunting because of all the cardboard. Basically, we simply advise that you open all your face frame boxes and lean all your face frames against a wall (or walls). Then, as you go to assemble a cabinet, simply look for its frame against the wall. It is easier than it sounds. If you are building a Base 24 cabinet, you will intuitively know which frame goes with that and can validate with a tape measure. It is really much easier than it sounds, but if this kind of thing scares you, you may not want to consider inset cabinets. Unfortunately, Conestoga does not do a very good job of labeling things for easy identification, so the face frames will not have a label to associate them with their corresponding cabinet box. We can get you through this, but extra measures of patience and tolerance are required!

To learn more about inset cabinets, check out our Inset Cabinetry Videos collection. Below is a brief video overview of Inset Cabinetry.

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