I'm in the process of having a kitchen built by a local carpenter, who is
going to build a traditional kitchen with softwood carcasses and proper
hinges, etc. He says that he uses conventional hinges because the
'blumotion' style ones are a compromise that flatpack kitchen manufacturers
use in order to replicate 'proper' kitchens. Although I'm really pleased
that we are having a kitchen made entirely from real wood (instead of
compressed board / chipboard with real wood veneer) for not much more than
we would have paid for a Wickes type one, I cant help feeling that soft
close doors are a feature I quite like. I mentioned this to our carpenter
and he feels strongly that we should stick to traditional hinges.
Does anyone know if there are traditional looking hinges that have
incorporated soft closing? Any comments?
He is fitting a kind of 'U' shaped receiver (similar to the type you get on
wardrobes) in the cabinet, and a metal prong on the door fits in to it. Fine
for wardrobes, but not sure if I want that kind of thing on my kitchen
cabinets so I'm keen to find alternatives.
I am not aware of any traditional hinges that incorporate a spring mechanism
needed to give soft closing. Presumably if you have tradition hinges you
will need either magnetic or spring catches to hold the doors closed. Can
you go and see a kitchen he has installed with 'proper conventional' hinges
to see what they are like and whether they are really what you want? As you
are paying for materials and labour, and you will have to live with your new
kitchen for how ever many years, it could be argued that it should be built
to your preferences and specifications, and not his.
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