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How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close

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A big part of any renovation is budgeting. With our kitchen renovation, we had to choose what to spend on and what to save on.

After deciding that I wanted expensive countertops, and that we would keep pretty much the same layout, it really made financial sense to keep our existing cabinets.

We painted them and changed out the knobs, but I really wanted another upgrade – slow close cabinets! I think that it is a luxurious upgrade.

I was very excited to figure out how easy it was to add slow close to my cabinets and drawers.

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If you have a toddler, you can also add magnetic baby locks to the inside of your cabinets to make them child-proof!

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted

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How to Make Drawers Slow Close

Come to find out, you don’t need to buy special cabinets to get slow close drawers and doors.

They sell the hardware to do it on Amazon, making this a simple and fairly cheap, but big, upgrade.

To make slow close drawers, you install one piece inside the cabinet on the wall and one piece onto the drawer. The old hardware remains in place.

The slow close basically is the result of the piece on the drawer catching the piece on the wall and then slowly closing.

We ran into a small glitch, but it is actually a really easy process to retrofit into existing cabinets or drawers.

Line up the slow close rods exactly with the drawer slides. Well, ours aren’t mounted straight onto the cabinet wall.

Instead, there is a gap, so we first had to drill a piece of 1×4 onto the cabinet wall and then attach the slow close rod onto that piece of wood.

How to Install Slow Close Drawers - Charleston Crafted
How to Install Slow Close Drawers - Charleston Crafted

Then we had to line up the plastic piece that goes onto the outside of the drawer itself. Make sure it lines up with the rod.

How to Install Slow Close Drawers - Charleston Crafted

Once both were in place, you could try to slam the drawer closed and instead it would melt into the cabinets like butter.

How to Make Cabinets Slow Close

Updating the cabinets was much simpler than updating the drawers. All I needed to do was remove one hinge and replace it with a slow close hinge.

Seriously, unscrew 3 screws, pop out the hinge, and screw in 3 new screws. So easy!

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted
How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted

The new slow close features have me swooning. It makes me feel so fancy, and I love love how inexpensive and easy it was!

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How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 cabinet

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10-50

Slow close cabinets and drawers are a luxurious upgrade. Here is how to DIY that upgrade on your existing cabinets!

Materials

  • Slow close hinges or slides (linked below)

Tools

  • Screwdriver

Instructions

  1. Line up the slow close rods exactly with the drawer slides. If your slides are not mounted straight onto the cabinet wall - first drill a piece of 1×4 onto the cabinet wall and then attach the slow close rod onto that piece of wood.
  2. Line up the plastic piece that goes onto the outside of the drawer itself. Make sure it lines up with the rod.
  3. Once both were in place, you could try to slam the drawer closed and instead it would melt into the cabinets like butter.
  4. To make cabinets slow close, simply remove one hinge and replace it with a slow close hinge.

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Debra

Monday 12th of October 2020

Can you use slow closure on drawers with a under mounted glide

Sean

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

If you're talking about the type of glide that is just the single bar in the middle with a track on the drawer, then I guess not. Slow close drawers have to have something to catch onto to slow it down. I don't think those bars in the middle really allow you to push it closed in one motion.

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