Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DIY Soft Close Doors

Hey there my friends! I am SO excited about his find and couldn’t to share it with you!

So you know how I’m redoing our kitchen this year? Our cabinets are good quality and will stay (but will get a redo) but there’s a little detail that I’ve been coveting for years now.

Every time we walk through IKEA I open and shut the cabinet doors to see the magic…the magic of the soft close door. I thought it was just a dream my friends. A dream of replacing each and every hinge in our kitchen that wasn’t going to happen.

But then…I found the answer in Home Depot. I find many answers at Home Depot. I was GIDDY, let me tell you. These are soft close dampers you can buy in a package or individually. I could barely wait to get them installed!

Here’s the package:

DIY soft close doors They come ten to a pack and it was $35 – (but are $7 cheaper on Amazon) not bad when you consider each cabinet is just over $3 to do this.

The installation was SUPER easy. They go inside the cabinet like so, with a bit of the edge hanging over:

DIY soft close doors

No, I haven’t painted the inside of the cabinet door. I don’t paint the insides. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Maybe someday somebody will have time for that.

I predrilled the hole for the screw:

simple soft close doors This makes installation a lot easier and makes sure the frame doesn’t split. Each one only needs one screw.

Here’s a quick video to show you how they close now:

 

(That auto plays all of my videos so you may want to push pause when it ends.)

I found mine to be perfect as they were, but you can turn the little dial on the back to adjust how fast the door shuts:

soft close damper Let. me. tell. you. It’s amazing! It feels so luxurious…all fancy-like. It does take some getting used to – we’re still trying to shut them and have to remind ourselves to chilllll and let it do it’s job.

The best part is the little pads on our doors are constantly falling off and I’m always gluing them back on and now there is no need. The directions just show these for cabinet doors but I’m going to try them out on a drawer to see if it works. If not…there’s always those full extending drawer slides with soft close…someday. ;) I’ll let you know if these work though!

I love sharing little finds like this that work well – have you tried these? Do they hold up well?

See how I extended the kitchen island in this post here.

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31 comments:

  1. Wow, that is sooo cool. Who knew they even make those to install yourself. Great find, Sarah

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS!! Thanks for sharing this find!! Our upper cabinets are pretty tall and you almost have to give them a whack to get them to shut all the way. This is especially a problem for our DILs who are a bit short. I am going to look for these! Problem solved.

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  3. Woooo Hooo!!! This is so cool!

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  4. I installed these about a year ago on my cabinets and I like them, they have held up fine. The only thing I've noticed is that some of them tend to twist due to being held by a single screw - yours look to be a slightly modified shape, so perhaps this has been address. Enjoy!

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  5. Oii!! I didn't even know these existed!! Thank you for sharing! This is by far one of my most favourite features in a kitchen, now this is so much more affordable that everyone can have this.

    Amazing

    Lauren | LB Designs
    xx

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  6. Need these!!! Going to look for them the next trip to HD! Fab find!!

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  7. Please do let us know if these work for drawers as well! My husband and I just finished re-doing our master closet, and he built some amazing drawers for us in it. But they tend to make a fair amount of noise when they close and our daughter sleeps just on the other side of the wall - I cringe every time we use them when she is sleeping! This could rock our world ;)

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  8. We used them on our newly painted cabinets and love them...

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  9. I so glad I am not the only one who has NOT painted the inside of their cabinets!!! Thanks for this, like others, had not idea these even existed! Will be making a trip to HD soon!

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  10. Like others, I am thrilled to have this new found knowledge! Many thanx! Will definitely be incorporating them ASAP!

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  11. I've been wanting the drawer things since I saw them in a friends house that they built a couple of years ago. I thought it would be a big deal. Can't wait to hear if these work in the drawers.

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  12. I would love some of these for a toilet seat. Husband and daughters love to let the lid slam in the middle of the night. Drives me crazy.

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    1. Soft close toilet seats are like twenty bucks. I couldn't live without them!

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    2. Oh! You can buy slow close ring/lid for your toilets. Our house has them. Dreamy!

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    3. Now if they could just flush themselves - talk about dreamy. LOL!

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  13. Oh, that is so cool! I am so getting those for our kitchen cabinets.

    Marie Claire

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  14. I luckily discovered these too during my Kitchen Renovation since I didn't want to pay so much for soft-closing hinges. Aren't they terrific?!

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  15. This is awesome! I want to do this in my kitchen and I didn't even know it was possible!!!! Thanks for posting this.

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  16. Home Depot here I come!!! I am getting those!!!!

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  17. I do have the toilet seats that go down slow so now slamming!

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    1. Now, if they'd only put themselves down.....

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    2. Now, if they'd only put themselves down.....

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  18. This is great. My cabinet doors are forever being "slammed". I will definitely have to pick some of these up!!

    Thank you for sharing this find.

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  19. Excellent idea! Husband slams bathroom cabinet door; we definitely need this!!!
    Thx,
    Linda

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  20. Sarah, do these work on drawers? I cannot WAIT to get to the HD. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Genius! Thanks!!! Can't wait for the verdict on the drawers.

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  22. That's amazing! Great value I think, it really adds a touch of luxury to a kitchen. Now I just need to find them this side of the the Atlantic!

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  23. Sarah: Thanks for posting this.
    I bought them and my husband installed them over the weekend.
    Love them and I am thankful that you told us about them.

    Denise

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  24. We installed IKEA cabinets in our kitchen and the soft close doors and drawers ROCK. Good to know there's a universal product out there.

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