Monday, July 14, 2014

Soft-Close Cabinets Made Easy

Every time I go to IKEA, I love going through the kitchen section and testing out the soft-close feature.  It's like magic, I tell ya!  I thought I was going to have to replace all my cabinet hinges to have this fancy things in my kitchen... but behold!!!

You can buy soft-close adapters by themselves!!!
I never knew this was a possibility!  I found these puppies at Home Depot for about $4 a piece.  I only bought 5 so I could try them out and see how I like them.  You can find them other places as well.  I found a ten-pack on Amazon that comes out to about $3.60 a piece--the reviews of this style seem really good!  There are also several different types.  Do some searching to find the ones that are right for you.  I went with these because they were the style available in the store at the time.

These are supposed to be installed in the top corner of the cabinet on the side with the hinges.  

Installation is simple with two parts: The adapter & the screw.

You're going to need to pre drill the hole for the screw so you don't split the wood or strip the screw.  It only needs to be predrilled 1/4 inch so I taped off my bit at the necessary depth.

Stick the adapter into the corner and pre drill your hole.

Pre drilling is super simple once your adapter is lined up properly.  These adapters are screwed in at an angle.

Switch your drill bit for a phillips head & screw in the adapter.

And you're done!
So simple!!  Happy adapting!!

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