cabinet door magnetic catch resized 600If you have a cabinet door that won’t stay closed, it may only be a simple adjustment to the hinges. If that doesn’t work, you will need to get more creative.

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If you have European hinges, you can adjust virtually every movement of the cabinet doors…including closing the door. However, if you have standard surface mounted hinges, you could install a mechanical or magnetic catch.

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In my opinion, magnetic catches are easier to operate and place less stress on the cabinets. With magnetic catches, there is a metal piece and a magnetic piece. When they touch they hold the two surfaces together. They also open relatively easily. With mechanical catches, you will have a piece that usually has a protrusion that mates with a receiving piece.  They are somewhat harder to push in and pull out, which places stress on the cabinet. However, they do have better holding strength. To hold a cabinet door to a frame, you really don’t need a lot of strength, just enough to hold the two pieces together.

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The catch is mounted on the inside of the door and the mating receiving piece is mounted on the perimeter of the door frame. In this way, they are hidden from view when the door is closed. Unless the mechanical pieces are installed with the right spacing, you still may have a gap when the door is closed.

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