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Ever since the 1970’s there has been a call to a uniform kitchen. Look at kitchen designs and you will start to notice trends; with Stefano’s 40+ years experience, he certainly can tell you a thing or two.

One of the big design trends that has taken turn after turn in the last four decades though has been the kitchen door. There is nothing which goes under a more scrutiny than a kitchen door. From colours, to material, style is at the heart of every kitchen door on the market.

“Shaker has stood the test of time, it’s the only one in the last 40+ years that I have seen really stay the same, even the way it is manufactured. But when it comes to other styles, there has been some drastic changes. Nothing says this more than a handleless door.”

Stefano continued, “in the last few years, handleless has come back, and what a comeback. But they’re not for everyone, you need to understand how to use your own kitchen and if it is a style that you want to achieve or not.”

Are you looking for a sleek look?
Achieving the sleek look has been the design trend for the “Grand Designs generation.” From home magazines to those looking to the future of kitchen cabinet making, it is a big design feature in today’s modern interior repertoire.

Of course a kitchen without handles is going to give you this look rather effortlessly. At the end of the day, your eye isn’t being caught by a handle and your eye-line will fixate on things like the straight lines across the doors.

Do you want a timeless finish?
A handleless door is going to naturally attract attention. It is one of the few designs which remains timeless, especially if you look to homes designed with ultra modern cabinets in the 1970’s, you see the kitchens having handleless and could easily match up to the designs of today.

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This is the “less is more” principle of design on trend here. You want a kitchen that is always going to look great, but you also want something that can be trusted to work over a period of time, quality is a must here.

Are you a fussy cleaner?
A handleless door can however attract dust and crumbs like nothing you could ever expect. If you are a fussy cleaner, a handleless door will test your resolve. Yes, a kitchen door with a handle gets dirty, but because a handleless door has a groove, this is where the dust and crumbs collect and this is your only point of contact with the door. You will soon notice if your doors need a good clean or not.

Will they match your appliances?
If you have stand alone appliances, some may not suit the style of a handleless kitchen door because they will more than likely have a handle; which is what you’re moving away from in your kitchen. However, if you have integrated appliances, make sure you consult with Stefano or your kitchen designer as to what appliances will work best with your choice of handless door. Some appliances like dishwashers for example may need particular attention to placement because you will only have a small groove for opening appliance doors.

What type of handleless do you want?
There are lots, forget colours and materials for a second and start to consider the different styles and components.

Overhead Cabinets
The door will have it’s groove at the bottom or you will get some varieties where the door is longer than the carcass so you can pull back on that.

Moulded finger pulls
The standard moulded finger pull door is the style that most companies, including ours, provides. “This is where a channel is routed into the top edge of the door or drawer front, creating a small lip for you to grip in order to pull it open.”

The advantage of this style is that everything is uniform, the door comes this way from the manufacturer and there are no changes required to the door or cabinet to make this fit and work. The disadvantage is, the moulds tend to be a standard size which, can be small and fiddly. If you have long nails or even a slight issue with grip, this can start turning tricky.

Aluminium finger pulls
This is where you have aluminium finger pulls added to the top of each door and like the moulded variety above have a standard sizing. The main advantage here is, if you have a square door, you can install these either yourself or get a craftsman to do this for you if you so wished.

Push to open
The push to open door means that you have no way of opening the door unless you pushed it open. There are no grooves or other channels you can get hold of to open the door. The advantage is that if you are looking for a seamless finish, then this is the kind of feature you want as your doors will sit flush with one another. The disadvantage, if a component or spring breaks, they can be tricky to open and sometimes, trickier to replace.

In conclusion
There are many great reasons to have a handleless door, most of all, if you’re looking for a kitchen door that really looks sleek and will stand the test of time, handleless is the way to go. It can be safe especially if you have children or keep getting your clothes caught on handless in the kitchen, and looks stunning.

There is some additional cleaning work that needs to be done with the grooves, and some designs need to be looked at carefully when you consider a handleless option and if it suits the way you work, cook and live in the kitchen.

Where do you stand on handleless doors? Would you have them in your kitchen, is this a style you want to see more of or something you want to see less of? We’d love to hear from you and don’t forget, we have a great event happening this March 23rd at our showroom between 7 – 9pm. We’d love to see you. There will be a presentation, a demonstration and of course, cake.

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