Hot Hardware Trends for 2018!

Working with Richelieu the last year has given me access to manufacturers and designers from all over Europe.  Couple that with meeting with closet companies across the US and I can guess at what’s going to be hot in 2018.

I’m going bold with these predictions – Sure I can tell you soft close everything, but that’s too easy.  I guarantee more and more companies will make soft close the new standard.  You are selling a luxury product –

Stock kitchen cabinets are soft close but custom closets aren’t?

Another obvious trend is lighting everywhere. 

I admit that I never thought that lighting would catch on – but with all of the new technology coming out of Europe it’s going to totally change the way we design and build closets and wardrobes.

Features that include built in switches, mini LED diodes and no more cutting aluminum channels are game changers.

Closet LightingBrass is Back Baby! 

No not that ugly bright yellow plastic looking brass that shows every scratch.

This is an elegant satin champagne gold finish.

Champagne Gold Handle

It’s no surprise that champagne gold is back, it has been showing up in fashion for the last couple of years.

Gold jewelry, watches, accents on clothing and even your iPhone.

It was only a matter of time before it made it back into the accents of your home.

If you are planning to sell the next generation then you must keep up with the trends in micro living and the evolution of multifunctional storage. 

This is the hottest trend with designers, architects and builders right now.

Richelieu is the leader in this space, all 350 square feet of it.  🙂

We partnered with Panasonic to reinvent city living

This trend isn’t just for small spaces.

Multifunctional storage becomes very exciting when you take these solutions and apply them to overall design.

The goal is to give customers a more functional home without having to add an addition.

The sleeping area has the biggest impact on micro living.

You need the ability to create bed, sofadesk and wall unit combinations.

These aren’t your parent’s murphy beds that ensured visitors didn’t stay too long.

Multifunctional Bed

This is the next generation of folding bed systems that operate with pistons for easy and safe opening and closing.

They are designed with wood slats and can accommodate a 12” mattress – made for every night sleeping.

Other products necessary to micro living are pull out tables that can be a place to eat or prep food in the kitchen, a folding table in a laundry room, a place to pack your suitcase in a closet or a desk in the family room.

Pull out Table

Every inch counts in micro units, having proper clothing and shoe storage is a must.

Rotating shoe shelves, and a clothing organizer that can put 16’ of clothing in a 8’ x 30” closet are great solutions!

Add a sliding or barn door and save even more space!

Rotating shoe rack

Sliding Doors

Living in a micro unit is great but can you entertain?

You sure can with these adaptable furniture pieces.

The newest tables to hit the US magically transform to create seating for you and your dinner guests.Transforming furniture

transforming furniture

I would love to hear from you – What trends are you seeing in your market?

If you have any questions or I can help please email me at


New Adjustable Legs – Now IN STOCK

Garage leg pic

I’m really excited to show off our newest adjustable legs.

These aren’t your typical garage cabinet legs.

They come in 4 finishes – white, black, chrome and stainless steel.

The finish on these legs makes them nice enough to use in a mudroom, wall unit or laundry room.

While the steel triangle mounting plate will prevent this leg from being kicked out or snapping when carrying cabinets in.  They are rated at 770 lbs. per leg and have ¾” of adjustability.

Metal Garage Leg

We currently have 4”, 5”, 6” and 8” in stock.

If you are looking for a metal leg with more adjustment and aren’t as concerned with the finish.

I have one that will replace those black plastic legs at a very similar price.

Metal Garage Leg

They are rated at 785 lbs. per leg and adjustable from 4” – 6-11/16”.

Don’t like either of these options?

We have a complete catalog dedicated to legs and casters.

If you have any questions about adjustable legs or any other piece of hardware – comment below or email me at


Hook it UP!

When was the last time you reviewed your hook offering?

Sure that $.80 coat and hat hook is perfect for those on a budget, but what about a higher-end client?

You offer your clients different options for handles and knobs so why not hooks?

Hooks are another easy way for you to increase your average sale and your profits.

There isn’t any extra labor involved in installing a $3, $5 or even $7 hook vs installing an $.80 one.

Richelieu has a 26-page catalog dedicated to hooks.  We definitely have a hook that will fit your style, function and budget.

Here are a handful of my favorite options –

Utility hooks –

Transitional hooks –

Concealed Fasteners –

I know you’re thinking Richie – I can’t offer all of these options – my customer will never make a decision.

I totally agree – but if you offer 3 price points –  “Good, Better, Best”

Is it possible that 50% of the hook racks you sell go from “good” to “better”?

How much extra money does that put in your pocket at the end of the year?

I would love to hear from you – what are your thoughts?

If you would like more info email me at


Drying Rack Demonstrated by Closet Owner

Derrek Holland owner of The Closet Doctor has been organizing Sacramento, CA, since 1998.

He manufactures his own product, is an original member of the National Closet Group and a “Lean” enthusiast.

Watch as Derrek demonstrates our drying rack and explains why it’s a great addition to any laundry room.

There are three mounting options – wall mount, ceiling mount and recessed ceiling mount.

The closet rod easily opens and expands from 37″ –  67″ wide.

Check out Derrek’s YouTube channel for other product demos and videos on Lean Manufacturing.

Have you used our drying rack? What was your experience?

If you would like more info please leave a comment or email me at

Have a great week!

Brass is Back Baby!

No not that ugly bright yellow, plastic looking brass that shows every scratch.

Or that bright pink rose gold that came and went.

This is an elegant satin champagne gold finish also known as iPhone gold – haha!

Seriously the most popular question that I have received in the last 30 days is what decorative hardware is available in gold.

Here are some of my favorites.

Along with our new champagne gold finish we also added polished nickel, honey bronze and matte black. These are the hottest finishes right now and coming soon to a closet near you.

Are you attending KBIS next week?

Stop by our booth #S5016 to see our new decorative hardware offering along with the latest in lighting, decorative panels, and of course hardware.

If not let me know if you are ready to expand your decorative hardware offering – it’s the easiest way to make your company more profitable.