One of the best things about refitting your kitchen is the fact that you can start with a completely clean slate. Everything that you have been taking for granted in the room is up for a rethink including the cabinet handles. You do not only have to consider the style of the handles but whether you need them at all.
There are a lot of people who know from the outset that they want to ditch the handles, but there are other people who are unsure. This decision relies heavily on the style of kitchen that you want to have. If you are going for a traditional style or a shaker style, you need to keep the handles. An attractive cabinet handle will complete these designs. However, if you are looking at modern or minimalist designs, a handless design may have cropped up.
When you do not have handles interrupting the lines of your cabinets, the scope for contrasts and colours will widen. Modern kitchens, like the ones offered by Zen Kuchen, will often have a splash of colour as part of their handless design. Minimalist monochrome will also be implemented without handles to create the lines that you want for a clean and clutter-free kitchen.
Getting rid of the cabinet handles will generally go hand in hand with open plan living. This is due to the fact that the flow from the kitchen and dining space will be complemented by the smooth cabinet doors. Whether you have a small or large space, you will be able to maximise the space and light with this.
One of the best things about flat fronted cabinets is that they are faster and easier to clean. This is due to the fact that there is no handle to get in your way. Of course, it is important to note that handless doors can attract dirt in the groove.
The amount will generally depend on the depth of the groove. Moulded channels will often gather more dirt than a completely handless design. This should be weighed against the fact that handles also collect dirt which leaves neither option being toil-free.
When you have no handles, you will have fewer knocks. This is true for children who make a beeline for low-level cabinets and adults who are moving around the kitchen. When you choose to go handless, you will also open the scope for your worktop to sit flush with the front of the cabinets. Handled doors need a worktop overhang as this allows for wiping down. With handless, you can enjoy a seamless line from cabinet to worktop.
Of course, once you have decided to go handless, you will need to consider how you are going to open the cabinets. There are a number of non-handle methods that you can choose from. The one you pick will depend on your priorities and the overall design concept of your kitchen.
This opening method will have a moulded groove in the front of the cabinet door. These doors can often be fiddly as the channel is small. This grip can also make the top of the door weaker and more vulnerable to stress cracks when frequently used.
This is a mechanised opening system which allows the cabinet design to be completely flush and seamless. While this mechanism is ideal for certain designs, you will have a problem if the mechanism fails.
The True Handless
These doors will be reinforced with aluminium or a contrasting colour for the wow factor. They will have a rail concealed in them to ensure that they withstand daily use. They are generally easier to open and will have a smooth design which makes them very popular with designers.
Mix and Match
When it comes to choosing your cabinets, there is no rule that states that you cannot mix handles with handless. There are a lot of modern designs that dot handles between handless cabinets to get the effect that they want.