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Stop Loud Slamming Cabinet Doors with Soft-Close Hinges

Soft-Close Cabinet Hinges

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Stop Loud Slamming Cabinet Doors with Soft-Close Hinges

Stop Loud Slamming Cabinet Doors with Soft-Close Hinges

Update to the latest all-in-one soft-close hinges or choose one of the many independent dampers and keep your current hinges.

I love doing hardware upgrades. Not the new installs where you need to make sure your router and drill jigs are carefully planned and perfectly measured. But the hardware upgrades where you just swap something out. These are some of the easiest home improvements to do, require minimal tools as well as very little experience, and can be done at your own pace without unsettling your home.

Now, hardware may not transform a room, especially hinges that are hidden, but they do help complete a room, provide daily usefulness, and give you that feel-good sense of accomplishment with little effort involved.

Amazon has a huge selection of soft-close hardware.

There is a little homework involved in choosing the correct cabinet hinge upgrade, especially for some of the brands with large product lines. The door style, door thickness and hinge type all play a role. Once all this information is sorted out you should hopefully be able to find a soft-close hinge that is a direct retrofit to the existing hinge, or just choose one of the many independent dampers and keep your current hinges.

What are the different cabinet hinges?

The most common categories of cabinet hinges will be concealed, semi-concealed and surface-mount.

A concealed – often referred to as European – style of hinge will be completely internal so there is no visible part of the hinge when the door is closed.

NOTE: Premium versions of concealed hinges can have deluxe features like, multi-adjustment to fine tune the door alignment, along with covers that hide the screws and mechanicals of the hinge.

The door itself will have a round hole drilled (using a forstner bit) where the hinge cup is installed. Then depending on if you have a a frame or frameless cabinet, there will be several variations of mounting plates to attach the other end of the hinge to the cabinet enclosure.

Both types of hinges will have model choices where the soft-close mechanism is incorporated into or as an attachment to the hinge.

Concealed Face Frame / Compact Image Courtesy of Blum

Blum Face Frame Concealed Hinges

Concealed Frameless Image Courtesy of SALICE

SALICE frameless concealed cabinet hinges

Both the semi-concealed and surface-mount hinges will have a portion of the hinge exposed when the cabinet door is closed. Neither hinge has an integrated soft-close option, but you can use the variety of individual soft-close dampers mentioned in this article.

Semi-Concealed and Surface-Mount Image Courtesy of Amerok

Amerok visible cabinet hinges

For more assistance, try the cabinetparts.com hinge replacement service, and they carry many of the top brands of hinges at a competitive price.

blum

Blum refers to their soft-close system as BLUMOTION, which comes in a range of products.

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

1) CLIP top BLUMOTION hinges have integrated BLUMOTION located the hinge cup. Also equipped with a deactivation switch.

Why have a deactivation switch? You may find that small and light-weight doors aren’t heavy enough to close the damper or large doors with 3 soft-close hinges only need 2 of the dampers activated to close effectively. The deactivation switch is a helpful fine-tune adjustment feature.

Blum CLIP top BLUMOTION concealed hinge

2) COMPACT BLUMOTION hinges are 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

3) CLIP top soft-close hinge feature is achieved by adding the separate BLUMOTION device (973A).

Blum CLIP top concealed hinge

4) 970A – 971A are independent soft-close mechanisms that mount to the cabinet frame. For more information visit the Blum media center and select hinge systems.

Blum 970A & 971A soft close cabinet door dampers

GRASS

The GRASS group has European beginnings, with a US manufacturing and distribution division being established in 1977. You’ll find top-tier drawer and door systems for kitchen and bath cabinets, with a claim to “Introducing the world’s first concealed furniture hinge”.

1) Tiomos is the companies flagship hinge, offering an adjustable soft-close mechanism integrated and concealed in the hinge arm. The closing process is said to be “extremely smooth” because the soft-close is activated until the door is completely shut.

Grass Tiomos Concealed Soft-Close Cabinet Door Hinge

2) Nexis is a free swinging hinge in standard form, but can be upgraded with an easy to attach optional soft-close damper.

Grass Nexis concealed soft-close cabinet door hinge

3) 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 Soft-Close Cabinet Door Hinge

4) 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 Soft-Close Cabinet Door Damper

SALICE

Salice is named after its Italian founder, Arturo Salice, and the company headquarters still resides in Italy, keeping to it’s heritage.

1) Lapis series soft-close hinges build 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

2) Silentia soft-close hinges have the damper integrated into the hinge and come in the traditional chrome finish. Available for various door thickness, angles, and metal profiles. Not available for frame cabinets.

Salice Silentia soft close hinges

3) Smove dampers come in several configurations to independently work with any cabinet and door combination.

Salice Smove cabinet door dampers

SUGATSUNE

The Sugatsune concealed hinge lineup isn’t as diverse as the other brands mentioned, but sometimes a basic and uncomplicated product catalog can be the perfect solution.

Keeping with the simplicity, you have a painless choice of one add-on damper, which comes in two sizes (230-SCA/19 and 230-SCA/9), depending on hinge overlay dimensions.

Sugatsune soft close concealed hinge dampers

All products listed in this buying guide were chosen by DIY House Help based on independent research and analysis performed by our editors. However, not all products listed in this buying guide have been purchased and independently tested by our staff. When a retailer is listed, this is purely a suggestion for the convenience of our readers, but we are not obligated to endorse specific retailers. However, some of the links we provide throughout the site may earn us an affiliate commission when you decide to purchase.
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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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