Drawer Guides & Door Hinges

As we near the end of our cabinetry mini-series, we are wrapping up with some sneaky little details you will want to consider before finishing your cabinetry project. Today’s post focuses on door hinges and drawer guides. A small detail that makes a BIG impact on the functionality of your kitchen.

According to Bethany, “Each cabinetry manufacturer is going to a have a different ‘standard’ for their doors and drawers. Many of our cabinet manufacturers offer slow-closing doors and drawers as a standard feature, but be careful because this feature is something you will quickly get accustomed to and you’ll find yourself letting doors and drawers slam that don’t have that feature built in.”

Before we deep dive into the fun parts of doors and drawers, like the slow closing feature, we first need to break down the different ways your drawer guides can be installed.

When it comes to the drawers, there are two main options for how the guides can be installed on the drawer box, side-mount or undermount.

Side-Mount: Side-mounted guides are attached to each side of the drawer making them visible as you slide the drawer out from the cabinet box.

Undermount: Undermount guides are attached to the bottom of the drawer and are not visible when the drawer is open.

When picking out your drawer guide style, it is also important to think about functionality. Do you want to be able to access the entirety of your drawer when it is open? Do you want it to softly close when pushing it back into place?

The slow closing feature is available for both drawers and doors and allows for the door/drawer to “self-close” by gently pushing it back into place. This feature eliminates the annoyance of slamming doors and drawers when closing them.

“It’s important to note that slow closing full extension drawers also increase the functionality of your drawers by allowing you full access to things you have stored inside as compared to a 3/4 or 7/8 extension drawers.” said Bethany. (See picture below for difference in accessibility.)

3/4 or 7/8 extension means that part of the drawer will remain in the cabinet box when you open it, limiting access to the full drawer box.

The final detail to note about drawers is that most have a dovetail box construction (pictured below). Dovetail construction offers a stronger drawer with a larger holding capacity.

Luckily with cabinet doors your hardest decision is the style, which we talked about in a previous blog post. After that, your only other decision is whether you want the doors to be slow closing or not.

According to Bethany, most manufacturers include the slow close feature as a standard option, but it is always good to double check.

If you have more questions about door hinges and drawer guides or would like to speak with someone about your next cabinetry project, contact Bethany at 319-338-8275 or Bethany@pscia.com.

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