Incompetent Cabinet Doors? A Hack to Keep 'em Closed

Incompetent Cabinet Doors? A Hack to Keep 'em Closed

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Faith Durand
Jan 11, 2010

We have slightly crazy cabinet doors in our old rental kitchen. The hinges must be busted somewhere inside, because as much as we fiddle with them, they never allow the doors to close completely. This drives us completely batty, and we've been thinking about a hinge-replacing spree. But hinges can be pricey, so we were glad to learn this alternate door-closing hack from This Old House.

Joseph Truni at This Old House explains how the steel inside hinges can break, leading to cupboards yawning open all the time. (Does this drive you as crazy as it does me?)

He says that hinges can be expensive and a hassle to install, but he used an alternate method to keep his doors tidily closed: roller catches.

You've probably seen these on other cabinets or cupboards: there's a little roller inside the door frame and a piece of metal on the door itself that fits into it. These roller catches cost only about 90 cents apiece, too, so they are more economical than hinges.

One commenter on the post does point out that some hinge manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty, so that's another way to go, too.

• Read the whole post and get instructions: Nice catch: Keeping cabinet doors shut at This Old House

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(Images: Faith Durand; This Old House)

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