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In this blog we decided to take a look at catches for kitchen unit and cupboard doors and although they are seemingly quite insignificant they do play an important roll when it comes down to the finer details.

There is nothing more annoying in a nice, well-fitted kitchen, whether it is contemporary modern or traditional, than a cupboard door that won’t close fully and always stays slightly ajar.

Obviously, any decent kitchen fitter, cabinet maker etc…. would never be happy with their work if doors were not square, hinges were binding and causing them not to close properly, but we have found in some instances, magnetic catches are used to hide these faults.

Despite their fault-hiding capabilities, magnetic catches are a great addition to any cupboard, cabinet or unit door and ensures the door stays shut at all times.

What is a Magnetic Catch?

The catch itself in kit form (they normally come this way) features the following items:

  • The magnetic catch
  • A keep plate
  • 4 or more screws to fix the catch and keep in place

The basic principle is that you fix the catch to the inside of the unit, cupboard, cabinet or other object and then fix the keep plate to the objects door and then, when closed, the magnets in the catch hold the keep plate which is fixed to the door and thus, holds the door itself closed.

Although this sounds like quite an easy job, the overall success depends on the distance between the catch and the keep and ensuring that they actually close together and meet when the door of the cupboard (or what ever object you are fitting to) is closed.

If they don’t meet e.g. there is a gap between the catch and the keep plate, then in most cases (depending on how strong the magnet is) the catch will fail to hold the door closed.

For the job to be a success, the catch and plate have to meet at the point that the door closes. To find out how to do this, see our project on fastening kitchen cabinet and cupboard doors here.

Magnetic catch fitted to cupboard

Magnetic catch fitted to inside of cupboard

What Other Types of Cupboard Door Catch are There?

Apart from the magnetic catch, there are a huge range of different catches, clasps and clips available for a great number of different applications and situations.

Some of the most common types are as follows:

  • Roller Catches: Available in a range of sizes and types and provide a good, firm hold. They are also available in a range of styles and finishes
  • Push to Open Cupboard Latches: Normally associated with more modern and stylish cupboards and units, this system allows you to do away with traditional door handles and knobs, allowing for a more minimal and stylish overall design
  • Ball Cabinet Catches: Very similar to the roller catch mentioned above, only they tend to be a bit smaller and are generally found on more delicate objects such as antique furniture etc….
  • Toggle Catches: Usually more suited to furniture objects such as storage chests or similar, rather than kitchen cupboards, they provide a firm hold once clasped shut and some designs also feature a padlock loop
  • Turn Button Catches: Probably the most simple of all catches and can be used on pretty much anything including doors, windows, cabinets etc…. Due to their simple design they are also very cheap and easy to fit
Toggle catches for cupboard doors

Cabinet and cupboard door toggle catches

Catches of any type, whether magnetic, push to open or any of the others mentioned above are a great addition to any cupboard.

They can help prevent unwanted access from pets or inquisitive toddlers or in the case of push to open latches and dampers, add a touch of quality and class quickly, easily and with the minimum of fuss!


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