You've picked the cabinet style, the cabinet color, the cabinet layout. Now it's time to pick the cabinet hardware. Oftentimes, when we think of cabinet hardware, we only think of the hardware seen on the outside of the cabinet - the knobs and pulls. But, it's the hardware on the inside - the hinges and drawer slides - that will really make the difference in how your cabinets and drawers function and in turn the love you have for them. With that in mind, we've addressed the 3 Things You May be Doing Wrong When Picking Your Cabinet Hardware.
1. Picking the Wrong Type of Hinge for Your Cabinet Design
In case you haven't noticed, hinges are important. Without them, your doors wouldn't stay connected to your cabinet, and all the things you're trying to hide in storage would be spilling out for all to see. Thus, it's important that the hinge you choose is strong enough to hold the weight and height of your cabinet door. If too few hinges are used, or hinges designed to hold a lesser weight, the door will eventually break or pull out from repetitive use.
2. Spending Too Little
When it comes to hinges, you get what you paid for. Aluminum hinges may be more affordable, but will you really be happy with the little bit of money you saved when your doors are starting to fall off from overstressed hinges used day in and day out? After all, quality cabinet hardware should last at least the lifetime of your cabinets, so spend wisely. Save the penny pinching for someplace else.
3. Drawer Slides Aren't Important Because You Can't Even See Them
We've all used a drawer that is a plain old nuisance. A drawer that jiggles from side to side. A drawer that gets stuck. A drawer that falls out. Do you know what all of these problem drawers have in common? Improper drawer slides. Sure, you can't see the drawer slides necessarily, but you sure do see the difference a quality drawer slide makes for your drawer. Pick the wrong one and you'll regret it every time you open your drawer to retrieve a spoon or pencil.
At Diversified Fixture, we ensure your cabinet and drawers last for years to come by using high quality Blum Metabox drawer slides and Aximat hinges.
Blum Metabox Drawer Slides
Blum, Inc. is ISO 9001 certified which means that you are assured of consistent quality in every Blum product. All Blum runners must pass three tests: dynamic wear test, static load test, and a side pressure test, without showing a measurable reduction in performance or deviation in the slide position. All Blum runners meet or exceed ANSI/BHMA 156.9 grade 1 requirements.
In addition, the METABOX system has a wide range of heights, lengths and optional accessories available, including a self- or soft- close feature. Within this comprehensive system, everything stored is easy to access and even small or bulky items are handled with ease. METABOX is a great solution for kitchens, baths, office, healthcare and commercial applications.
Aximat 300 Single Pivot Hinges
Aximat 300 Single Pivot hinges offer a sleek sophisticated design in that only 5 mm (3/16”) of knuckle is visible. They also include an integrated catch to keep doors closed so that no additional magnetic catches are required. In addition, they use fewer screws than a traditional 5-knuckle hinge and are easily adjustable. They are the only 3D Clip-On hinge to meet the highest requirements of the Woodworkers Institute and ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 Standards. The Aximat 300 Single Pivot hinge is an excellent choice for any school, retail, healthcare, office or storage environment that requires a hinge to withstand years of daily use.
When selecting materials for your project, remember to account for maintenance, repair and replacement costs over the life cycle of the cabinet to properly determine the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solution. What may seem more expensive upfront usually ends up being the most affordable and green option in the long run.
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