Handleless kitchens - pros, cons and things to consider
There are clear benefits on offer with handle-free drawers and doors, such as easy cleaning. But there are also some important things to think about, to make sure that going handleless is the right choice for your home.
Let’s run through a few of the key pros, cons and design considerations to bear in mind.
Pros of handleless kitchens
Here are just a few of the many advantages of this design:
- Sleek, elegant and contemporary aesthetics, with no handles to clutter up those lovely clean lines. This kind of kitchen is timeless, so is less likely to date than other styles.
- Easy cleaning, with no fiddly handles or knobs to wipe around (unless you opt for recessed handles, which do have the drawback of collecting crumbs). Plus, some handleless designs involve you touching the back of the door to open it, which means no fingerprint marks getting on the front. This isn’t the case though for drawers with push open mechanisms.
- Ideal for smaller kitchens where handles can get in the way.
- A safer option for homes with small children, where handles could be a risk for bumping heads. A handle-free design also makes it more difficult for children to access cupboards and drawers.
Cons of handleless kitchens
And now, let’s look at the potential drawbacks to bear in mind:
May not be the most suitable for people with mobility or strength issues, as doors and drawers can be more difficult to open. They can also be a little tricky for people with long fingernails.
Can be more expensive, as the design of handleless kitchens can often be more complex. In fact, according to Homebuilding.co.uk, they could be around 10-15% more expensive than standard units.
If you choose a push open mechanism, cleaning may actually be required more regularly as the design requires you to touch the door front regularly.
Designing a handleless kitchen
Love the concept? To use it in your new kitchen design, the first thing to do is to choose your style. Handleless units come in a few key styles, such as J pull, push open mechanisms and rail systems.
J pull doors have a recessed handle cut into the back of the door, while push open mechanisms require just a gentle push to spring the door open. Rail systems involve a recessed space between drawers and doors, so you can get your hand in to open the door.
You’ll also need to think about fitting. Handleless kitchens need to be installed by an expert, as the minimalist style leaves no room for error.
Get in touch with our specialist kitchen fitters here at A&J Kitchens, where we have 20+ years of experience. We’re happy to offer expert advice on your design, along with high quality fitting services where every detail finished to perfection.