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One of the easiest upgrades to a kitchen is to add a soft close adapter for cabinet doors to prevent the doors from slamming shut.
Due to the incredibly simple design of slow close adapters, or dampers in technical speak, anyone can install these on just about any hinge and cabinet type. In this article we’ll review what types of adapters are available and how to install them.
Best Soft Close Cabinet Hinge Adapters
|Blum Soft Close Adapter||Editor Choice installs easily and adjusts with the turn of a screw||Check Price and Reviews|
|Rok Hardware Damper||Economy slow close from an industry leader||Check Price and Reviews|
|Blum Clip Top Adapter||Clip Top add on adapter for Blum hinges||Check Price and Reviews|
Soft Close Adapters for Most Door Styles
Soft close adapters, also known as slow close dampers, are made to fit just about every type of cabinet door.
As these are typically installed as an upgrade, they come in many forms and from multiple manufacturers. While a few attach directly to the existing hinge, most are separate and screw directly into the cabinet frame and operate independent of the hinge.
And best of all, these adapters generally run $2-4 per door so an upgrade to your kitchen is inexpensive. Also, unless your doors are excessively tall, thick or wide only one adapter is needed per door.
Following is a list of available adapters for your project with the first adapter one I have used and would use again.
1. Blum Soft Close Adapter
The Blum slow close adapter installs easily on both face frame and frameless cabinets with just one screw. And it adjusts easily with a turn of a phillips screw.
I’ve had these adapters in my kitchen for the last 7 years. Unfortunately, when I built my cherry wood kitchen in 2005 I used Blum’s 38-compact series hinge but I didn’t invest in soft close hinges at the time.
And these Blum’s have worked great. Due to the single screw installation they go on quickly. And using the adjustment screw they have worked for 18″ wide by 40″ tall heavy doors down to smaller 12″ wide by 20″ tall doors.
2. Rok Hardware Slow Close Damper
The Rok Hardware adapter follows a similar design and works well for face frame and frameless cabinets. And they adjust with a turn of a knob found on the back of the damper.
These polished nickel adapters are easy to install, have a scratch protector and front bumper and quickly adjust. And with a simple set, screw and adjust installation anyone can quickly install on cabinet doors to add soft close to cabinet doors.
3. Blum Clip Top BLUMOTION slow close hinges
The Blum straight arm adapter fits on top of existing Blum clip-top hinges and doesn’t require screwing into the cabinet side.
With a fluid dampening system this adapter simply clips on top of existing Blum clip top hinges.
Why do I need a soft close door adapter?
Other than the annoying noise that has been known to drive apartment and townhouse disputes, there are a few reasons to install a door damper:
- Reduce door damage caused by the abuse a slamming door creates.
- Increase kitchen value with an upgrade any future owner would expect.
- Enhance usability by eliminating the need to carefully close the door.
Will a slow close adapter work on any type of door?
What can go wrong installing a stopper myself?
Do both hinges need to be soft close?
This applies to the clip top adapters found with Blum and the answer is generally no, only one hinge will need to be soft close. However for heavy cabinet doors it is possible two slow close adapters will be needed.
How do you adjust soft close hinge adapters?
Most soft close adapters have a screw that can be used to set the tension of the fluid damper that controls it’s action. This is often required for smaller and larger doors to precisely control the speed and closing action of the door.
For soft close hinges there may be less adjustment capability due to the mechanism being more tightly integrated to the hinge.
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