I have always loved the look of a sleek, minimalist kitchen. The ultimate in minimalism is to get rid of the visual clutter of door and drawer handles, knobs and other hardware. But how practical is this?
Handleless cabinets may have an upper or lower "lip" or cut-out where the cabinet is cut on an angle so you can use your fingers (or foot, in some cases) to open it. Sometimes this cut-out is a somewhat prominent edge (like in images 1, 2, 6 and 7) and other times the cut-out is tucked out of sight on the top or bottom edge of the cabinet. Other handleless cabinets may have a push-to-open mechanism that pops the door open. I love the idea of having push-to-open drawers low down, which you can tap with your foot to open and close.
Potential downsides of going handle-free:
• Greater risk of smudges
• May be more irritating to use (sometimes unclear which side of the cabinet to pull, for example. And some people complain that these cabinets can take a toll on long fingernails!)
• You don't get the fun of picking from an almost endless supply of hardware, which can add instant character to a kitchen
• May not allow for "soft close" mechanism (though I am not sure of this)
• Not ideal for anyone with joint pain or dexterity limitations.
Do have kitchen cabinets sans handles or knobs? What do you think of them?
Images: As credited above.