Open Frameless
Base Cabinet Plans

Here are base cabinet plans for a simple lower cabinet. The top consists of stretchers rather than a full panel, intended for installation beneath a counter.

This cabinet forms the basis of nearly any lower cabinet configuration you can imagine. It will be a simple matter of adding doors, drawers, and pullouts to make a truly custom cabinet. Combine several of these customized base cabinets to form an entire kitchen or storage area.


In the drawing file you'll notice that I call for white melamine panels and white PVC edge banding for the panel edges. This combination is very durable and suitable for kitchens, garage cabinets, and a multitude of commercial applications.

However, many folks don't care for particle board and plastic. That's okay! Any 3/4" material is suitable for this design. Hardwood veneer plywood can be used with a 0.5mm wood edge band. No further modifications to the design are required and the results look great.


Assembly is straightforward. Use wood screws and glue to fasten the wall ends to the bottom, top stretchers, and nailers. The back simply floats in a dado cut into the wall ends, bottom, and rear top stretcher. Don't glue in the back, especially if you are using plywood. It should be left free to expand and contract slightly.

System Holes

I've given location dimensions for 5mm system holes based on Blum's interpretation of the 32mm cabinet system. This cabinet box acts as the starting point for a variety of cabinets with doors and drawers.

I have found that machining the system holes to one standard is helpful when it comes time to mount hinge and drawer hardware. However, feel free to adapt the holes to a different system or leave them off entirely.


You can easily customize the size of the cabinet to fit your particular requirements. The given height allows for a 4" toe kick platform and 1-1/2" counter. This results in a standard overall counter height of 36".

One suggestion is to keep the width at 36" or less when using 3/4" material for the adjustable shelf. Wider than 36"? It would be best to switch to 1" material to prevent the shelf from sagging.

Base Cabinet Plans PDF

To view the open frameless base cabinet plans either click on the image to the left, or just click here. If you'd like to download a copy to your computer, right click then "save-as". Either way, you'll need the Adobe reader to view the file.

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