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Handleless kitchens vs handles: how to choose?

How do you choose between the clean, modern lines of a handleless kitchen, and the more traditional kitchen with handles?

And what are the pros and cons of a handless kitchen?

Let’s consider the look and feel of the handless design first. If you’re after a contemporary look to your kitchen, then handleless is a good option. The sleek lines are elegant and minimalist, giving you a modern feel to your kitchen.

On the other hand, if a traditional Shaker style or rustic feel is more up your street, then handles will work well with that look.

And, of course, there are no rules to say that you can’t have handles in your sleek contemporary kitchen. It’s completely up to you.

Some people will go with their heart and pick the style that they love the look of, but others will want to consider all the options and be sure they’re making the right decision.

It might be some time before you change your kitchen again, so it’s understandable that you’ll want to weigh up the different choices.

Handleless kitchens

Handleless kitchens come in different designs. In a “J-trim” style of kitchen, there will be a groove cut into the top of each drawer and cupboard, to allow you to open them.

A true handless kitchen will have a metal channel mounted around the tops of the units, with shorter doors that create a handleless gap. This is the style of handleless kitchen we supply and fit, creating beautiful contemporary kitchens for our customers.

[subhead]Handleless opening mechanisms

We know from experience that people often wonder how easy it is to open cupboards and drawers when there are no handles. If you or anyone else who will be using your kitchen has arthritis or strength issues, or perhaps long nails, then this may be a concern.

Handleless cupboards and drawers are relatively easy to open – come into the showroom and try them out if you’d like to see them in action. Plus, as well as the standard versions, you can upgrade your opening mechanism to suit your needs.

You might select a push-open mechanism, so that you simply need to push a cupboard or drawer and it automatically opens. Or you could choose to have electric motorised opening mechanisms.

The pros and cons of handleless kitchens

On the plus side, you get easy to wipe surfaces that are hygienic and easy to keep clean as there are no nooks and crannies in the door surface or around handles. Keeping the kitchen clean is quick and easy.

The kitchen is also safer, as there are no handles sticking out for you or anyone else – children included – to walk into or get caught on.

One downside to a handleless kitchen is that it may take a bit of getting used to, for you or any friends and family that use your kitchen. Without handles, it’s not always obvious which way round the cupboard doors open. But it’s something you get used to fairly quickly.

What about standard handles?

There is still the option to have handles, whether you are going for a contemporary kitchen or a traditional style. Rest assured that whatever you might see in interiors magazines and property programmes on TV, handles are still very popular. You can see some examples here.

If you’d like to see some real life examples of both contemporary and traditional kitchens, with and without handles, please arrange to visit our showroom, where you can see a range of kitchen styles.

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