How to Install Soft-Close Cabinet Door Hinges

Say good-bye to slamming cabinet doors. Soft-close dampers are easy to install and will keep your home quiet.

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Few noises are as wince-inducing as a cabinet door slamming shut. Luckily, there's a simple fix for this pesky problem. Soft-close dampers are easily installed on cabinet doors. These little hinges slow down the door's momentum, resulting in a quiet close.

We'll show you how to install soft-close dampers. You only need four materials and basic DIY skills for this project. Plus, each damper can be installed in 15 minutes or less!

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What You Need

  • Soft-close damper
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver

Step 1: Mark Placement

Remove damper from packaging. Then place it in the upper corner of the cabinet near the hinges. Mark desired placement with a pencil.

Step 2: Predrill and Screw

Using a screw slightly smaller than the one that came with the damper, predrill the screw hole in marked location. Then screw the damper into the cabinet frame.

Step 3: Adjust Damper

Twist the back side of the damper to adjust the amount of soft close. A heavier cabinet door requires more soft close, while a lighter door requires less. Continue adjusting until you get the desired effect. Install dampers on all desired cabinet doors.

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