A handleless kitchen is so much more stylish than a kitchen with cupboard door handles and drawer handles. It looks clean, uncluttered and streamlined. If you’ve got an open plan house, with your living room or dining room flowing into the kitchen, you’ll find that handleless cupboards and handleless door knobs will offer fluid movement throughout the house, giving excellent feng shui.
That being said, there’s more to focus on than just looks when it comes to choosing the style of kitchen doors that will suit your lifestyle. Whether you’re thinking about having handleless kitchen doors with a push open mechanism, or handleless kitchen cabinets with soft closing hinges, there are a few things to consider. To help you out, we’ve come up with the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to have handleless kitchen cupboards.
The Pros and Cons of Handleless Kitchen Cupboards
Pro: Handleless Kitchen Cupboards are Safer
Everyone knows what it’s like to bash their hip or head on kitchen cabinet knobs and kitchen drawer handles. It hurts, and quite frankly we could all do without it. From catching sleeves on a door handle to ripping jeans on a handle, we’ve all been there. Handleless doors remove this issue, as there is nothing to catch yourself on. If you have kids, then it means there is one less thing for you to worry about them walking into.
Con: Handleless Kitchens Cabinets Need Extra Cleaning
If you’ve got a handleless kitchen door that has a channel at the top where you slide your fingers to open it, you’ll be surprised at the amount of dust and crumbs can get in there. This isn’t to say these crevices will constantly be filled with dirt, but it is something to take into consideration – especially if you want a kitchen that requires minimal maintenance (don’t we all).
Pro: Handleless Kitchens Carcasses Look Amazing
Handleless kitchen units look incredible. Their clean, effortless finish will give your kitchen a contemporary and sleek design that is hard to achieve with any other style of kitchen furniture. Some styles of handleless kitchen doors and drawers require minimal touching on the front of the door, so you can go for a high gloss finish that would otherwise show up fingerprints and marks. In recent times, the trend has been for the even more modern variant, true handleless kitchens.
Con: Handleless Doors Are More Expensive
Due to the craftsmanship that goes into making handleless doors, they will cost a little more than a standard cupboard door with a handle. This style of furniture requires one of the following;
- Push to open mechanisms
- Finger pulls
- Electric mechanisms (if it is an electronic handleless door)
- Soft closing hinges
- Rails (if it is ‘true handleless’)
These should all be installed by a specialist and will, therefore, cost a little more money.
Pro: Handleless Kitchens Complement Kitchen Accessories
Due to the modern and simplistic look that handleless kitchens offer, if you’ve got some modern kitchen accessories that you want to use (such as a coffee machine or a toaster) they’ll go with your kitchen theme very well. If you’re hiring a kitchen specialist, let them know what accessories you have and they will create the perfect kitchen for you.