Wherever you are in the house, do you hear the reverberating sound of kitchen cabinet doors slamming frequently? If you have kids, this sound is probably all too familiar. Or if your house is older than around 2005 you are VERY likely to know what we’re referring to.
You might have gotten so used to it that you don’t notice it as much anymore. Well, the good news is, you don’t have to live with it any longer. There are simple solutions to either make it better or quit them altogether.
THE PROBLEM: NOISY KITCHEN CABINET DOORS
The reason cabinet doors get so noisy most of the time is there’s nothing but the wood door hitting the face frame of the cabinet when you close it. Most kitchen cabinets come with a rubber bumper on the corners of each door and drawer to soften the impact when it closes. Over time, these bumpers come off, and most people don’t replace them, making the problem worse.
SOLUTION: SOFT-CLOSE KITCHEN CABINET DAMPERS
The next-level solution is installing soft-close cabinet dampers on each door. These make an exponential difference. The dampers catch the door before it hits the cabinet and slowly close it the remainder of the way quietly and softly.
Some dampers attach to the existing hinge. Others attach to the top or bottom of the cabinet frame, and the rubber tip comes in contact with the door before it hits. The result is the door slows down before contacting the cabinet, almost like landing in a bed of marshmallows.
SOLUTION: BUMPER PADS FOR CABINET DOORS AND DRAWERS
One solution is to purchase and replace the inexpensive bumper pads on each cabinet door and drawer. Just sticking one on each corner does the trick. Although you still hear the door shut, it’s not the “clank” you would hear without them.
Self-adhesive bumpers are inexpensive. You can buy a sheet of more than 100 for less than $20.
SOLUTION: SOFT-CLOSE CABINET HINGES AND DRAWER SLIDES
The Cadillac of quiet cabinet doors, soft-close hinges, and drawer glides make closing doors and drawers perfectly smooth and silent. It’s more of a challenge to replace all of the hinges and drawer glides in your cabinets — and more expensive, too — but it’s a sure and permanent way of changing the decibels in your kitchen.
The trick with hinges is they most likely have to be the same kind that your cabinet doors have currently. Many have holes bored in the door, and the new hinge will need to fit the same way.
SOLUTION: Soft Close Shaker or European Style Kitchen Cabinet Doors
This is really the optimal answer to these issues of noise plaguing your house. Getting new pre-made or RTA kitchen cabinets fully equipped with soft close doors and drawers can introduce a tranquil hush in your kitchen the likes of which you didn’t believe possible. These inobtrusive hinges make sure that when opening or closing the cabinets, there is mitigation on the speed that totally handles the typical cabinet slam which has been a way of life until now. Certainly, a solution that demands some budgeting, this is really the permanent path to a fix.