If the sound of slamming cabinet doors makes you cringe, you’re in luck. There are several ways to put a stop to the sudden banging sound of your kitchen cabinets being slammed closed. If you have the money, you can purchase soft-close cabinet hardware and install them on your existing cabinetry. But, if you live on a budget, or simply don’t want to spend the money for soft-close hardware, there are other ways to keep cabinet doors from slamming by using other objects you may already have at home.
Inspect cabinet doors and see exactly where they slam together. Once you’ve found the spot, mark it with a pencil so you know where to place the cushioning material to soften the close. By adding cushioning, you’ll not only lessen the sound of the slamming door, but you’ll also help protect the cabinet from cracking or chipping. And, if you add thick cushioning, you’ll help protect children’s fingers from being accidentally slammed in the door itself.
How to keep cabinet doors from slamming
Glue dots are available at any craft store. They are available in different thicknesses and tack (tack is the stickiness level of the glue dot). You’ll want to buy enough glue dots so that you can place one on the top and bottom corner of each cabinet. You’ll also want to buy some felt. At home place the glue dots in the desired location and cover each one with a circle of felt. The glue dot will hold the felt in place, and the felt will help to cushion to door from slamming. Total cost, under $ 10.00.
Rubber adhesive pads
Find rubber adhesive pads (also called rubber bumpers) at any hardware store. They are available in round, square or rectangle shapes, or even in strips. For this application round rubber adhesive pads will work best. Simply peel and stick to the top and bottom corner of cabinets, and you’re done. The pads can be removed and reattached if you put them in the wrong spot, and they won’t damage cabinet finishing. Total cost, under $ 10.00.
If you have young children in the home, you can protect them from accidentally slamming their fingers in cabinet drawers with weatherstripping. This is also a great material to use to cushion cabinet doors from slamming, as well. Use foam strips with self-stick backing for this project. Of course, the stripping comes in various thicknesses which will help stop the door from slamming on itself. Keep in mind, however, that the thicker the weatherstripping is, the more it will keep the door from closing all the way. If the sight of a slightly cracked cabinet will bother you, look for a weatherstripping that is not very thick. Attach the strip to the opening side of the cabinet, and you’re done! Total cost $ 10 – $ 15.
Cork circles (or cork dots) are a low-cost material that will help cushion cabinet doors. They are available in different diameters and thicknesses, and can be found at any craft or hardware store. They have a self-stick backing that makes them simple to use and remove. Total cost, under $10.
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Source: Personal experience