Opening and closing Modern kitchen cabinets: Which types of doors and fittings are there?
In kitchens with handles on the fronts, opening and closing the cabinet doors or pull-outs is very easy, but what about the handle-free kitchen? And which alternatives to conventional cabinet doors for wall units are there so that you don’t constantly bump your head? The kitchen cabinet manufacturers have developed a wide range of different mechanisms that are suitable for different cabinet types. The choice is between grip strips, mechanical tip-on (or push-to-open) technology, and electronic serv-on technology.
For wall units with or without handles, flap fittings such as those offered by Blum, for example, have proven their worth. There are different models, all of which have in common that the door swings upwards and is “out of the way”. A distinction is made between upright, fold-up, swing-up, and lift-up flaps. They have either mechanical or electrical motion support. They can be opened by lightly touching them and closed again at the touch of a button. One advantage of such flap cabinets is that they are particularly easy to store and retrieve and that you always have a good overview of the contents.
Cabinets with sliding doors also offer complete headroom. Other variants are retractable doors or flaps that allow access to the cabinet contents. With this solution, you can present beautiful crockery, chic kitchen machines, or fully automatic coffee machines in the kitchen, but you can also hide them again if necessary. Venetian blind cabinets are also suitable for this purpose. With their help, you will have a tidy kitchen in no time.
Lamella cabinets are particularly exclusive. The slats are often made of glass and automatically fold upwards after the actuation of a sensor, allowing a view of the cabinet contents. When the cabinet is closed, all you see are narrow lateral grooves.