What Does “Overlay” Mean?

Overlay (sometimes called “reveal”) refers to the amount of cabinet face frame that is covered by the doors and drawer headers. In the end, the overlay decision is one of personal tastes and budgets.

Most Showplace door styles are offered in two overlays: partial or full overlay. A few door styles are offered in full overlay only. In addition, several styles are offered in elegant inset versions. Full, partial, and inset doors and drawer headers are available on a framed cabinet box.

ShowplaceEVO doors and drawer headers are available ONLY on a frameless (full-access) cabinet box.

This kitchen illustrates our popular full overlay look.

What’s the difference?

Partial Overlay Bathroom

Partial Overlay

Partial overlay doors and headers are smaller, revealing more of the frame. Since they’re smaller and use less material, Traditional styles also cost less.

Full Overlay Kitchen

Full Overlay

Full overlay doors and headers are larger, covering more of the frame. The result is a sleeker, tighter look.

ShowplaceEVO Frameless Cabinetry

Frameless

Frameless, or “full-access” ShowplaceEVO cabinetry is also sometimes called “European-style” cabinetry. The doors overlay the front edges of the cabinet box, and there is a minimal reveal on each outside door edge for very little visibility of the cabinet box.

White Inset Kitchen

Inset

Doors and headers are set inside the cabinet frame opening with minimal clearance and full visibility of the cabinet frame.

Here are examples of how the doors and headers are sized on each of our cabinet lines. These images below show a base cabinet with doors and a drawer header.

Traditional Overlay

Partial Overlay

Doors and headers lay over the cabinet to reveal a more of the front frame.

International Plus Overlay

Full Overlay – Framed

Doors and headers lay over the cabinet to reveal a small portion of the front frame.

EVO Overlay

Full Overlay – Frameless

Doors and headers lay over the cabinet to reveal very little of the front edges of the cabinet box.

Inset Overlay

Inset

Doors and headers are set inside the cabinet frame opening with 3/32″ clearance. The full 1-1/2″ wide frame components are visible.

Learn more about inset here.