You can easily fix noisy kitchen cabinets at home with a few simple solutions
You may have waited your entire life to get the kitchen of your dreams. But your perfect kitchen cabinets may not feel so perfect if your teenager’s every after-school snack raid makes them sound like the road crew of Stomp.
So if you’re looking for kitchen cabinets that are seen and not heard, there are things you can do besides replacing them. Rather than hiring a cabinet installer to change out everything for you, we have some simple solutions to help you fix those noisy kitchen cabinets once and for all.
In most cases, noisy cabinets are just a structural issue. If your cabinets were installed before 2005, then they probably don’t have the soft-close features that prevent the cabinet doors from slamming against the cabinet frame when the doors are closed.
But the good news is that, in most cases, retrofitting your cabinets with soft-close features is a pretty simple DIY job. And, you have a number of cool options to fix your noisy kitchen cabinets for good.
Time: 1-3 hours
Tools and materials needed: Adhesive bumper pads, soft-close dampers, or soft-close hinges and slides, screwdriver (optional).
1. Install Bumper Pads for Cabinet Doors and Drawers
One of the easiest and least expensive fixes for noisy cabinet doors is to replace the inexpensive bumper pads on each cabinet door and drawer. Just one bumper pad on each corner does the trick.
Although you will still hear the door shut, you won’t have the slam and bang that scares you out of your socks in the middle of the night. And, better still, your spouse probably won’t hear you on your next midnight cookie raid.
You can usually buy a sheet of more than 100 adhesive bumpers for less than $20.
2. Soft-Close Kitchen Cabinet Dampers
If you want a next-level solution for noisy kitchen cabinets, consider installing soft-close cabinet dampers on each door. The dampers catch the door before it hits the cabinet frame and slowly close it the remainder of the way quietly and softly. And now you won’t have to scold your teenager for slamming the cabinet doors. Imagine all the time you’ll save!
Installation is also a breeze. Most dampers attach to the existing hinge. Others attach to the top or bottom of the cabinet frame, and the rubber tip comes in contact with the door before it hits. This slows the closing door before it makes contact with the cabinet frame, ensuring a quiet close.
3. Soft-Close Cabinet Hinges and Drawer Slides
If you want to go all-in with your noisy cabinet fix, then opt for the Cadillac of quiet cabinet doors: soft-close hinges and drawer glides. These make closing doors and drawers perfectly smooth and silent.
The biggest drawback, not surprisingly, is the hassle of replacing all the hinges and drawer glides in your cabinets. It’s also the most expensive option for fixing your cabinets, but exact costs will vary greatly depending on the kind of kitchen cabinet hardware you choose.
On the upside, it’s a sure and permanent way of changing the decibels in your kitchen.
The trick with hinges is they most likely have to be the same kind that your cupboard doors have currently. Many have holes bored in the door, and the new hinge will need to fit the same way.
Best Practices for Fixing Noisy Kitchen Cabinets
No matter which fix you choose, there are some best practices to keep in mind. Take a look at the tips below to ensure these noisy cabinet solutions work for your home.
Give Your Fix a Test Drive
To save time, effort, and your sanity, make sure to test your solution with one cabinet door first to make sure your fix works. If you like the results, go ahead with the rest of your cabinets!
Mind the Kiddos
If you install bumper pads or soft-close hinges, be prepared for your little ones to become temporarily obsessed with opening and closing your cabinets. These handy-dandy little features really do look pretty cool, so your kids may be spending an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen for a while.
Think you need more help? Look into hiring a cabinet repair contractor in your area.