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Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

Posted by dcgreen10 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 25, 13 at 15:26

The wall cabinets in my old kitchen did not have handles. I opened them by pulling out on lower corners of the doors. The corners got rather scuzzy and needed to be regularly cleaned, but the doors opened just fine. Now, in my new kitchen, I want to have a wall cabinet that is right up against the wall and I don't have space for a filler--to accommodate a door handle. Have others had this problem? And how did you solve it?
Thanks, DCGreen


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RE: Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

Google "recessed cabinet pulls" or "flush cabinet pulls" and you should find several options.


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RE: Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

I have some doors where there is a small spring loaded push thingy that pushes open the cabinet door when you "push" on the cabinet door. None of my wall cabinets have handles. This is to keep the minimalist look. This is very common with European cabinets. I attached a video that you can see.

I also have some where there is carved cutout to pull the door open.

They both work well. I don't think about it anymore since this is what I have had for a few years.

Here is a link that might be useful: push to open system


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RE: Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

Fillers aren't just for handle clearances. They HAVE to be used with full overlay cabinets because walls aren't straight enough to place a cabinet right next to them without at least 1" of filler.


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RE: Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

The spring loaded push thingy is called a "touch latch". I have several - on minimalist looking doors and on glass doors. They work. They are cheaper than handles.


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RE: Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

>The spring loaded push thingy is called a "touch latch".

Or a push latch


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RE: Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

If your cabs are partial overlay you can router out a slight bit on the bottom of the door on the back, just enough for your fingers to slip under and pull the door open. My original kitchen doors were all that way. Never had issues with the facing getting scratched or the doors either


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RE: Wall cabinets without handles/how to open

These push latches are interesting, but how do they work if I already have soft close hinges? Do you have to push the drawer close? There is another thread on slab doors where I just posted pictures. Trying to also achieve the minimalist look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pulls for Slab Doors


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