The kitchen can be one of the most frequented and used rooms in a home. For some families, at least three or more meals are being made in this area every day. Not to mention cleaning up and returning things to the cabinets. Dishes, utensils, cookware, and everything in between is being taken out and put away on a constant basis. With so much use, your cabinets can be noisy and be exposed to a lot of hard use. This is where soft-close drawers can benefit you.
How does a soft-closing drawer work?
Soft-closing drawers come with a specific mechanism, such as a hydraulic cylinder built in. This mechanism can be added to, or is part of, the glides of the cabinet drawer. They are commonly referred to as anti-slam buffers, as that is really their function. They engage the drawer and stop it just prior to its closing and gently close it the remainder of the way. Soft-closing drawers have become increasingly popular in homes over the last several years. They can be added to already existing kitchens, or as built-ins for new home structures.
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There are multiple benefits to having a kitchen with these types of drawers. For starters they are quiet. If you have several different people using your kitchen who do not know their own strength, your kitchen can be a noisy place with the slamming noises that come from simply shutting your cabinets and kitchen drawers. Toddlers who like to play open and close the drawer all day can also cause a lot of noise with traditional cabinetry. However, these drawers eliminate the slamming and the noise, making your kitchen a quieter and more peaceful place to work and eat.
In addition, since slamming of doors and drawers is prevented with the soft close mechanism, there is another benefit; decreased wear and tear. Soft close cabinets will last longer, and not only stand up to more abuse, but truly prevent abuse altogether. This type of cabinets and drawers also adds value to a kitchen and can be lucrative to prospective home buyers.
Some soft-close cabinets can also be fully self-closing, known simply as self-closing drawers. These drawers require little or no effort to close. They utilize nylon rollers as a ramp and precision ball bearing sides with a spring mechanism to fully close the door of the cabinet. Soft close kitchens are a great option for the elderly or people with various disabilities.
What type of design style works best with soft-close kitchen drawers?
These drawers can be incorporated into nearly all kitchen design types and styles. However, they are most popular right now with modern-styled kitchens in South Hams. Soft close drawers can also be built in or added to existing cabinetry in bathrooms or even other areas of the home, such as a built-in desk. Working with a professional designer or carpenter can help you choose the correct design style to suit your home, taste, and to utilise the modern convenience of soft close kitchen or bathroom drawers.
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