Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
Because visible cabinet door hinges are well always visible they become expected and common place over time. Eventually you dont even notice them anymore. At least until they become unhinged as noted above. With just a few twists of a screw you can replace all your visible hinges with new ones that can breathe fresh life into your once boring cabinet doors. For example many hinges come in silver or brass. Why not change it up with deep black hammered copper or cast wax molded versions of antique hinges. If you have a rustic feel in your kitchen you can decorate H or HL hinges that make your cooking space look like a turn of the century country kitchen.
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.
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.