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Easily Convert Your Home to Soft-close

Why Soft-close?

Soft-close is one of the most popular new features in kitchens. With soft-close there is no more of the accidental loud bang when closing the cabinet door, it just gently shuts. The motion of soft-close gives your kitchen an upscale and refined feel. These are all desirable features that soft-close can give, but how do you do it? While it's easy to install new kitchens with soft-close it is much harder after the kitchen is already done. There are many different ways to accomplish converting your kitchen to soft-close, some are harder than others.

How Can I get Soft-Close?

The Hard Way - Replace the Hinges

Most people when thinking about upgrading to soft-close probably think that they'll just replace their hinges. This would be a mistake. Hinges come in hundreds of varieties, and within those varieties there are hundreds of sizes. Cabinets can be drilled in any number of different ways adding even more difficulty. Even more, is if your hinges are attached to the face of the cabinets is you have to repair the holes of the old hinges. Unless you deal with hinges on a daily basis it is very difficult to ensure you're replacing what you have with something that will work.

The Hard and Expensive Way - Replace the Whole Door

Another more extreme option would be to replace your entire cabinet door. You could take your old door off and bring it to a local cabinet shop, and have them build you some custom doors. Chances are they're not set up to recreate the door you have so you'll either have to pay for the added setup or get an entirely different style. The next problem you may encounter is matching the existing finish. Once again the shop most likely does not work with whatever stain and finish your doors came in and there will be a challenge in matching the cabinets. Finally, after you're doors are finished they need to be installed. There are many tricks to installing doors correctly that the average homeowner does not know, from adjusting the swing of the door to ensuring a perfect line all the way across the cabinets. While this option could work, it is a very expensive and tricky route to go.

The Easy Way - An Adjustable Aftermarket Soft-close Device

If both of the options above sound like a real pain in the butt, then you're probably a sane human being. To make things easier for people who want a soft close kitchen Salice America developed the Smove adjustable soft-close device. These devices are designed to be relatively easy to install. The basic premise is you place the device on the edge of the entrance to the cabinet and move the device closer or further from the hinge until it works as desired. For most people you can hand hold the device in a cabinet with two doors like under the sink. Once you find the position you like just take note drill it and screw it in.

How Do You Install a Smove Aftermarket Soft-close Device?

  1. There are three different options of soft-close devices:
    1. D0UL0G - for face frame cabinets with the hinges on the left when opening the cabinets
    2. D0UR0G – for face frame cabinets with the hinges on the right when opening the cabinets.
    3. The universal tabless model for both left and right hinged face frame cabinets as well as European style cabinets
      1. These come in three different strengths
        1. D0LHSNG – for normal doors having 2-3 hinges
        2. D0L8SNG – for heavy doors with 3 or more hinges
        3. D0L9SNG – for large very heavy door with multiple hinges
  2. Figure out what style cabinets you own Face-frame or European Style?
    1. Face Frame cabinets have frame that make the entrance of the cabinets a little bit smaller that the inside of the cabinets.
    2. European style cabinets do not have a frame attached to the front of the cabinet. The entrance of the cabinets will be the same width as the cabinet itself.
  3. Positioning the Device
    1. In a cabinet with two doors hold the device to the box and play with moving the device closer or further away from the hinges.
      1. Once you find the location where the device works as desired mark that spot and use it for the remaining doors.
        1. Note that if size of the door changes then the optimal position of the device will change.
    2. Position on Face Frame
      1. Installation for Standard Door Sizes
      2. Installation for Large Doors
    3. Position on Euro (can be installed either top or bottom of cabinet)
  4. Finally drill the frame or box (not all the way through) at the marked locations and fasten the device to the box