Installing soft close cabinets in your kitchen is a home improvement upgrade that you’ll appreciate every day. We completed this DIY project in our home, and loved the results so much that we decided to write a full blog post about it!
For a full step-by-step installation guide with tons of pictures, check out this article over on Joyfully Growing Blog: How To Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets To Soft Close.
What Are Soft-Close Cabinet Hinges?
Soft-close hinges are designed with a mechinism built into the hinge that prevents a cabinet door from slamming shut. As a cabinet door is closing, the hing slows the door down and closes it softly. These hinges are sometimes called self-closing hinges.
Why Should You Consider Upgrading To Soft Close?
Soft Close hinges are truly a pleasure to use, and they can make the perfect upgrade for any kitchen! Depending on your budget for a kitchen renovation, brand new fancy cabinets might be a little too pricey. But with a little DIY elbow grease, installing new soft-close hinges in your existing cabinets can be an affordable upgrade.
Can You Handle This DIY project?
Absolutely! Soft-close hinges are a reasonably easy project that most people should be able to handle, especially if you have a little bit of DIY experience and some power tools.
The most difficult part of the project is making sure that you get the proper hardware that will work with your existing cabinetry. Past that, it’s a pretty straightforward project.
How To Choose A Compatible Hinge
Choosing the compatible hinge that will work with your cabinets is very important. There are several different styles of cabinets, and each kind requires a unique style of hinge. If you don't use the correct style of hinge, it is not going to function properly, or the cabinet doors will not line up properly with the cabinet body.
Cabinetry terms can be a little overwhelming at first just because there are so many of them, and they are confusing if you’ve never worked choosing or working on cabinetry. Here is a list of the main types of cabinets, and door styles:
Face Frame - Standard - Frameless - European - Modern - Flat Panel - Inset - Full Overlay - Standard - Long Arm Hinges - Compact Hinges
But don't let all these terms intimidate you, it's actually easier than it seems. To learn all about the different styles of cabinets, frames, and cabinet door, and to see which style of hinge will work with your cabinets, check out How To Install Soft-Close Hinges In Your Kitchen Cabinets.