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Stop Loud Slamming Cabinet Doors with Soft Close Hinges and Dampers

Soft-Close Cabinet Hinges

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Stop Loud Slamming Cabinet Doors with Soft Close Hinges and Dampers

Does the banging sound of a closing cabinet door feel like someone is clawing at your brain?

Luckily for people like me that are highly bothered by this noise, several companies have addressed this issue with soft close hinges or separate soft close dampers that can be attached to any cabinet door while using the existing hinges.

Many of the hinges host a list of other features to make them very beneficial:

  • Three-dimensional adjustment
  • CLIP mechanism for easy installation and removal
  • Arm and screw covers for a clean finish (sold separately)
NOTE: When matching the same type of hinge (e.g. 120° full overlay), but want to replace with an integrated soft close hinge, there should be no issue with a direct retrofit. For more information, I suggest using the cabinetparts.com hinge replacement service.

– blum –

Blum refers to their soft close system as BLUMOTION.

Note: Only the premium products (CLIP top BLUMOTION and COMPACT BLUMOTION) are listed in the product section of the website. Blum decided to bury their information of the other products in their product brochures (media center » check mark hinge systems). I find that cabinetparts.com has a much more user-friendly website for the entire product line.

Visit the Blum interactive microsites for in-depth product information: CLIP top BLUMOTION and COMPACT BLUMOTION.

 
CLIP top BLUMOTION: Integrated BLUMOTION in the hinge cup. Also equipped with a deactivation switch so even small and light-weight doors close effortlessly every time.

Blum CLIP top BLUMOTION concealed hinge

 
COMPACT BLUMOTION: Specifically designed for face frame cabinets. The soft close feature is built right into the hinge cup, and can be deactivated for small or light doors.

Blum COMPACT BLUMOTION concealed hinge

 
CLIP top: The soft-close feature is achieved by adding the separate BLUMOTION device (973A)

Blum CLIP top concealed hinge

 
The Blum 970A and 971A are independent soft-close mechanisms that mount to the cabinet frame. For more information visit the Blum media center or cabinetparts.com.

Blum 970A & 971A soft close cabinet door dampers

– GRASS –

The Tiomos offers an adjustable soft-close mechanism, which is fully integrated and concealed in the hinge arm. The closing process is extremely smooth from the degree that the soft-close is activated until the door is completely shut.

Grass Tiomos concealed soft-close hinge

 
The Nexis free swinging hinges can be fitted with optional soft-close hardware.

Grass Nexis concealed soft-close hinge

 
The TEC soft-close hinge system with built-in damper is designed for face frame cabinets. Aadjustment switch is located on the face of the hinge that will regulate the closing action of the door. The TEC soft-close is based on the ever popular 3-dimensional TEC face frame hinge with a variety of overlays offered.

Grass TEC face frame soft-close hinge

 
The UniSoft is a universal soft-close adapter that mounts and works independently of the cabinet door hinges.

  • Works for face frame cabinets on all door overlays
  • Works for frameless cabinets on full overlay doors
  • Is manually adjustable to desired closing speed
  • Has a scratch protector and front bumper with cushion for a quiet close

Grass Unisoft independent soft door close


 

– SALICE –

The Lapis series of soft close hinges builds upon the Silentia line. Made of two covers, the hinge elements move synchronously, hiding the technical components and enriching the product with refined aesthetics, far from the traditional geometries of furniture hinges. With 12 colors available, and the mounting plate and hinge cup covers being separate, this provides 144 color combinations (solid or 2-tone).

Salice Lapis soft-close hinges

 
The standard Silentia soft-close hinges gave the damper integrated into the hinge, and come in the traditional chrome finish. Available for various door thickness, angles, and metal profiles. Note: Not available for frame cabinets.

Salice Silentia soft close hinges

 
The Smove dampers come in several configurations to work with any cabinet and door combination.

Salice Smove cabinet door dampers


 

– SUGATSUNE –

The 230-SCA/19 and 230-SCA/9 are add-on dampers for Sugatsune specific concealed hinges only.

Sugatsune soft close concealed hinge dampers

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Scott

    November 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Which of these solutions would be suitable for kitchen cupboard doors that have Butt hinges which do not have any self close mechanisms?

    • Editorial Staff

      November 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Hi Scott,
      If you have no interest in switching hinges, any of the independent dampers will work. e.g. Blum 970A and 971A , Grass UniSoft, Salice Smove, etc.

  2. Suzanne

    October 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    For a standard kitchen door would you replace one or both hinges?

    • Editorial Staff

      October 17, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Hi,
      The weight of the door would be the biggest factor along with the brand and type of softclose. Plus how aggressive you close your doors. As of now I only have experience with the Blum BluMotion and even our largest doors with three hinges only use one soft-close mechanism.

      Hope that helps.

  3. Luch

    July 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Once I take the hinges off. Do I have to make more holes or can the new soft closing hinges just screw into the same hole the old hinges came off from?

    • Editorial Staff

      July 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I only have direct experience with the BLUM brand – which was a direct retrofit with no new holes – but from my understanding hinges are standardized just like a door handle would be so hardware can be switched amongst different brands and styles. Also the manufacturer sites may have specifications listed somewhere for a measurement comparison.

  4. John D'Aubray-Butler

    July 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Are the clip-top dampers fitted to both hinges on each door?

    • Editorial Staff

      July 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      My apologies for the delayed response. Have been busy and haven’t checked this site the last few days.

      Two dampers could be installed on large doors, but I find a single damper sufficient. Small doors are too light and won’t compress more than a single damper.

  5. August DelleDonne

    June 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Can I change my existing hinges on my kitchen cabinets to soft close hinge.? I can email you a picture of the hinge I have. Please let me know if you can help me.
    Thank You

    • Editorial Staff

      June 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Hi,
      Any cabinet door can be converted to soft-close hinges, and depending on the existing brand, you may be able to do a simple retrofit. Yes, please use the contact page to send an image of what you have and see if you can find the manufacturer imprinted on your hinges.

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