One of the most exciting and enticing aspects about refitting your current kitchen is that you will begin from a new slate. Everything that you have overlooked about your kitchen should be accorded second thought, and this includes your cabinet handles. Not just the style of the handles but whether you would like to have the handles.
You will easily discover from the onset whether you should forego the handles in the new kitchen or you are uncertain. The decision you make largely depends on the style of kitchen you are looking to have. If you opt for a traditional country kitchen or the shakers style, you will obviously need cabinet handles. The look often depends on an attractive handle that complements the design. However, if you have a taste for the minimalist or modern kitchen, a handleless design will obviously come into mind.
So, why are designers and customers inclined towards having a handleless kitchen?
With the absence of handles that will interrupt the smooth wall units, the scope of contrast and colour is broadened. Modern kitchens that seek to incorporate a splash of colour usually blend seamlessly with the handleless design. Besides, the minimalist monochrome that’s implemented without handles could create magnificent lines that are uncluttered and clean.
Eliminating the handles frequently goes hand in hand with an open plan living. The reason behind this is that the flow of a dining/kitchen space is usually complemented by smooth cabinet fronts. Therefore, for large and small spaces, handleless doors help maximise space and light.
Flat fronted units create great convenience when cleaning needs to be done because there are no handles that one should dodge. A handleless door, however, could attract detritus in the groove. This usually depends on how deep the groove is; a moulded channels collect more dirt as compared to a handleless design. Unfortunately, handles also gather dirt hence both options are not toil free.
There will be fewer knocks when you go the handleless way. This is particularly the case for a kitchen user who has to deal with knocks on their elbows and knuckles as they move around the kitchen as well as kids in the house who seem to love lower level cabinet handles. Taking the handleless route means that you open up the scope of your countertop. Since handled doors usually need a worktop overhang that facilitates wiping down, you will enjoy a smooth like from your worktop to the cabinet.
Once you have decided to go handleless in your kitchen, you should think about how your cabinets will open. Which design of non-handle works best? This usually depends on your priorities and design concept.
This usually is a moulded groove at your cabinet’s front door. These doors could be cumbersome to handle since the channel is usually small. It could also result in the top of your door being weaker and vulnerable to stress cracks resulting from frequent use.
This is a mechanised opening system which gives a seamless and flush design. Although it is excellent for a few designs, it could crumble when the mechanism fails.
Reinforced with aluminum or bearing a contrasting colour for anyone who wants a wow factor, the ultimate handleless design utilises a rail hidden in the door so that it withstands daily use. This design is stronger, easier to use, and offers a smooth design and hence they are a popular option among designers.
Mix ‘n’ Match
When it comes to kitchen design, you are not barred from mixing handles with handleless. There are numerous modern handle designs you could blend with handleless units and get an excellent effect.
With the handleless revolution gaining traction, it is evident that this is a style that is not leaving us. When making a long-term decision regarding your kitchen design, it is imperative that you go for the best handleless options available.