Handleless cabinets are what they sound like, cabinets without your traditional hardware. Don’t worry though, they have special grooves, called channels, to make opening them just as easy as cabinets with handles. Handleless cabinets bring a sleek look to any kitchen and can be used with modern cabinets to natural wood cabinets and any style in between.
As well as bringing a minimalist, sleek look to your kitchen, handleless cabinets make maneuvering your kitchen easier. This may sound trivial but we’ve all bumped our hip, snagged clothes or seen kids hit their heads on cabinet handles. While all handleless cabinets come with a clutter-free look and kitchen convenience there are a few different types to consider:
True handleless cabinets refer to cabinets with a continuous C-shaped rail built-in to the cabinet. The rail sits behind each cabinet and drawer front, creating a space you can easily grip. True handless are one of the more popular handleless designs, although you will have to special order these and installing the rails require specialized labor which is more expensive.
Moulded Finger Pulls
Moulded finger pulls are carved out of the cabinets and drawers. This method is usually cheaper than the other handleless cabinet styles but the thin groove can be a challenge to grip for people with larger fingers or long nails.
J-Pull, or J-Groove, cabinets are similar to molded finger pulls but instead of having the groove carved out of the cabinet, a J- shaped rail is attached to each drawer or door. J-Pulls tend to catch more dirt and crumbs than C-shaped rails.
Specialized handleless cabinets include push to open options. Simply press on the front of the cabinet and an electric motor will open your cabinet. Closing the cabinet or door can be achieved with the press of a button located inside your cabinet. Many people like this option for high cabinets and if you want no gaps or crumb catchers, this might be the right style for your entire kitchen. Of course, the main drawback is the expensive price tag.
If you’re interested in handleless cabinets, look no further than Bellmont’s new Vero line. Their line is European inspired and offers both integrated C and J channel handleless cabinets in a variety of finishes and collections.