Monday, July 29, 2013

Giddy about one little thing... Soft close door damper!

As  my kitchen renovation progresses. I start to take notice of little things that I didn't even think of before.

Like this one - the loud banging noise when you shut cabinet doors! Don't you just hate that, aside from the protective cushions you can apply on the corner, I asked my carpenter, what else I could do to minimize this.

Of course, he told me about the soft-closing hinges (saw some at Home Depot about $9/hinge!), which I wasn't about to do since my cabinets are new and I don't want to replace all my new hinges just yet! 

So, I went to Home Depot and got this...

Soft Close Damper

Basically, here's how it works (The one in the video is not the one above, but it works similarly. I could not seem to upload the video for the damper above)...

At $4 a piece, this was exactly what I was looking for and I love it's simplicity (just 1 tiny screw to attach)  and of course, function!!!! 

I am so giddy about this tiny little thing and if you don't have one yet, a screwdriver is all you'll need to install it! Thank goodness for innovations! Hopefuly my ears will 'bang-free' for awhile, at lease in our new kitchen!

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  1. These are a great idea. I will have to keep this in mind!

  2. Hi Vel,
    I loved the comment you left on my blog earlier however when I tried to hit "publish" for your comment my fat fingertip accidentally hit "delete" on my phone's tiny screen. That's what I get for trying to publish comments from a teeny interface! Can you please, if you want to, resubmit (because unfortunately it would appear that I have no way of retrieving deleted comments!). I'm sorry for the inconvenience!

    I still have the content of your comment if you want it to resubmit. My email address is chippasunshine(@)gmail(dot)com.
    Thanks, Darnetha

  3. What a wonderful idea! When I had my kitchen redone three years ago, the cabinet man (turned out to be somewhat of a disaster!) installed "soft" closings on the drawers, but not the cabinet doors. When we were helping our son build a house last year, he had soft-closing drawers and doors (I have definite "cabinet envy" - wish I had used his man!). You have inspired me to look for a "fix" - thanks, Vel!!

  4. That's pretty nifty, great idea, Vel! I know nothing about hardwares like this. Neither does my husband. Do you know we hire someone to hang pictures for us except light ones that I know for sure will not fall and I hang them.....Christine

  5. Pretty nifty! great idea! I learn so much from you...Christine

  6. We made sure soft-close was added to our new guest bath vanity and will sure be getting them added to our kitchen cabinets when we get to that stage!

  7. Wow! I am sure all of that mess will be well worth it in the end! Hang in there! Can't wait to see the results!

  8. Oh this is truly a grand invention. My boys don't know the meaning of closing a cabinet quietly. :)


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