The handles on kitchen cabinets give a distinct style to your kitchen. In fact, many people nowadays choose to omit these handles. The handles of a handleless kitchen are incorporated into the edges of the cabinets. You may also find that all the cabinets and drawers open by a push-to-open system. In a handle-less kitchen, everything looks super sleek. The lines of the kitchen are no longer interrupted by protruding parts. This makes the space look larger and exudes peace and order.
If you want a modern or designer kitchen in your home, you will soon end up with handle-less models. These are made in a variety of colors, styles and materials. This allows you to completely give your own feel to the kitchen. It doesn't matter if you prefer the spaciousness and lightness of a white kitchen or the easy cleanliness of a black kitchen or the characteristic of another color or type of material. The only style that is hard to match with handle-less is country.
More and more houses contain open kitchens connected to the living room. In that case, you should take a moment to think about the style of the entire room when you have a new kitchen installed. Kitchen cabinet handles often give a specific style to the space. If your living room has a warm country or traditional style with lots of frills, then a handleless kitchen may not be the best match. In all other cases, you are actually making a timeless investment with a handle-less kitchen because the handles betray nothing about the fashion of the time in which it was installed.
All options in life always have advantages and disadvantages. We have already talked about the aesthetic side of a handle-less kitchen and this is usually the main argument for or against choosing this technology. Especially in small spaces, a handle-less kitchen can make a big difference. Both because it looks bigger as well as because nothing sticks out or gets in the way anymore. From the other side, you do lose some cabinet space. Handleless kitchens have on average about 5% less storage space due to the moldings under the kitchen worktop. In addition, there are other points to consider.
We have already mentioned the main advantages of a handle-less kitchen. It gives a clean, spacious look and nothing gets in the way. The latter is nice because it prevents you from getting stuck with your clothes. Especially for small children, it is very nice that they cannot bump themselves on protrusions. In addition, it is often more difficult for them to open the cabinets of a handleless kitchen, which again makes your life easier. A final benefit is the ease of cleaning. Because a handle-less kitchen consists of straight surfaces, you can very quickly wipe it with a cloth and you don't have to clean awkward corners.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages to a handle-less kitchen. We already saw that you give up about 5% of your cabinet space and have fewer opportunities to add style to your kitchen. There are also a number of possible disadvantages that depend very much on the material and opening and closing technique of your handleless kitchen. For example, some people complain about the heavy opening of handleless drawers. This is because it is harder to apply force to a notch than to a handle. In addition, you should also keep in mind that you are touching the cabinets and drawers more often, resulting in stains more quickly.
When choosing a handle-less kitchen, it makes sense to consider the impact of use on its appearance. After all, you have to constantly touch the cabinets and drawers to open or close them. This quickly creates a spot of dirt and grease around the handles. You can choose to clean these regularly. Another option is to go for a material and/or color on which you see less dirt. For example, choose a black or matte kitchen instead of a white high-gloss kitchen where everything is immediately visible.
If you want to ensure that you can easily open all the cabinets and drawers, you have several alternative options. Normal handleless kitchens have notches that allow you to open the doors and drawers. However, you can also opt for a semi-handleless kitchen. These have a handleless front with a flat handle on top that you hardly see. There are also overhanging designs where the front just slightly overhangs and creates an edge that you can grasp.
The latest developments in handleless kitchens make it even easier to operate the cabinets. Push-to-open is a system where you open cabinets and drawers by gently tapping the front. This allows you to open and close everything even with your hands full and you have less fingerprints. If you want the opening and closing of your cabinets and drawers completely supported, choose a handleless kitchen with servo-drive. This electric system ensures soft and quiet opening and closing. With these two systems, no edges are required, which means you need to keep even less clean.
More and more people are choosing a handleless kitchen because it looks nicer and makes the space seem larger. However, it is important that you feel at home in your kitchen. You can assure yourself of that by choosing a color and style that suits you. With a handleless kitchen, you gain space anyway, which means you don't necessarily have to stick with white, even in a relatively small space. By playing with natural tones, you can add a little more warmth to the sleek design.