Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette.
The new slow-close attachments only need to be added to one hinge per cabinet door unless you have large pantry doors. In such cases it is advisable to install two units per door. They will not work on just any European hinge though. You must have the correct straight-arm hinge brand and model number in order to be able to add the attachment to them. The hydraulic apparatus is sold as a separate piece from the hinge and clips on after the doors have been completely adjusted. To determine if the clip-on accessory is available for your existing hinge brand remove a hinge from your cupboard door and visit your local cupboard manufacturing supply company.
This is just figuring the cost of the materials though. To have them installed by a cabinetry professional may cost an additional seventy five to one hundred and fifty dollars. If you cannot locate a soft close part to work with your existing hinges or you are not interested in switching out your hinges to be able to benefit from the new clip-on piece you can purchase a buffer shock absorber that attaches to the cabinet separate from the hinge. Some of these mechanisms get pressed into a hole that is drilled into the cupboard top or bottom. Other styles can be installed using screws. The purchase cost of these parts ranges from three to six dollars each. There will be only one slow-close part that needs to be installed per kitchen or bathroom cabinet door.
Alternatively if you can identify the brand name and model number of your hinge you can contact the manufacture directly to determine if theres a clip-on attachment is designed to work with your hinge style. If so they will be able to direct you to the nearest distributor in your area. If you determine that the upgrade is not available there is an alternative discussed in the later part of this article. Presently the additional clip-on parts cost from three to six dollars per piece. Most average sized kitchens have about twenty five cupboard doors. Calculating one slow-close clip per door puts us in the neighborhood of one hundred and twenty dollars ($120) to upgrade a standard sized kitchen to have this feature throughout.
Whats great about door hinges is that believe it or not they are available in different styles. Like the antique ones mentioned earlier as an example. You can even get ones that have a colonial feel to them featuring elegant scrollwork and looping designs. Modern ones that have a sleek look are also an option along with many others including those that are on the contemporary side and some that are more traditional. Plus along with purchasing door hinges for your doors there are others offered by manufacturers for other things throughout your home as well.