European style cabinets can be a reference to the higher level of modular craftsmanship that is utilized by European cabinet makers. Throughout Europe, many residents own their kitchen cabinets despite not owning the house or apartment they occupy. It is customary to purchase a house, or rent an apartment, that is lacking in both appliances and cabinetry in the kitchen. For this reason, the European cabinetry market promotes personalization paired with modular design that can be easily added and subtracted from any space. Kitchen sizes are not standard so European style cabinetry needs to be versatile and adaptable.
A hallmark characteristic of European style kitchen cabinetry is the incorporation of hidden hinges. This style of hinge is so synonymous with this style of cabinetry that both are referred to as European style. By using a hidden hinge, European style cabinets are more likely to be frameless so that the storage space and access can be maximized while the weight is minimized. Horizontal graining and a modern styling are other synonymous characteristics of European style cabinets.