What’s New at IWF 2012

Were you too busy to attend IWF?  Did you attend but spend all of your time researching machinery?

This was the best show in years, many new exhibitors, new products and attendance was up over 40%.

Here are 3 items that I thought you would find interesting…

Floating cabinetry is a hot look that is spreading.

Coming soon to the market is a hardware kit that easily installs on your cabinets and has up to 5/8” of adjustment.

It overcomes the challenges that traditional hangers present like interfering with your drawer slides or not sitting flush against the wall.  This will be available in the coming months.

It’s not always about the product, sometimes it’s about packaging…

Most of you are familiar with the leg levelor pictured above… Most of you also know the problems –

You or an employee spend hours screwing the legs into the t-nuts.  You also have to inventory two separate items…

How many times have you had legs without any t-nuts?? I know sounds painful…

Finally you can buy a leg levelor set, which is a leg and t-nut pre-assembled.  Tap the assembly into the vertical and you are done…

Last but not least is a new soft close hinge that has a piston built into the hinge arm.  The concealed piston eliminates the problem of changing your current drilling and the need for stocking an additional soft close dampener.

The best part of this hinge is not the soft close, it’s the cam adjustable plate.   There are many import hinges on the market, but most of them don’t have a cam adjustable plate. This adjustment will save you time and aggravation on the job site.

Your turn, what new items did you find at the show?

I help individuals and organizations to be successful… If you have any questions please contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at richdemarco@optonline.net.

 

Tips & Tricks for Installing Push Open Hardware –

This post is all about – the down and dirty of push open hardware….

If you take anything away from this post it’s to make sure that you don’t install these slides on drawers over 24” wide, you could have a problem.

Another important tip coming at you in 3, 2, 1 – For the push mechanism to work properly there needs to be an 1/8” – ¼” gap between the faces and the cabinetry.  This could be a problem if not going wall to wall…  To avoid a customer pointing this out you might want to add an extra vertical to hide that gap…

Ok so you are ready to screw on the slides…

A standard ½” side clearance works just fine… The main difference is that the drawer and cabinet members need to be set back 5mm from the front edge…

The next difference will only affect some of you, ideally the slide should be mounted a 1-1/4” from the bottom of the drawer… If you follow these instructions when you push the drawer it will open almost completely by itself.

What about the doors you ask?

This is easy… Salice sells a push – open European hinge, it mounts and installs exactly the same way your “regular” hinges work… You need to install a touch latch, otherwise the door has no way of staying open…   Simple right?

This is another way for you to look a little different than everybody else…

Have you had any experiences selling push open hardware?  Do you have clients requesting drawers and doors without decorative hardware?  Or do you feel that decorative hardware is the jewelry that finishes off the dress?

If you have any questions about push open hardware or my fashion sense please feel free to contact me at richdemarco@optonline.net

BIG improvements to BI-FOLDING doors…

I know what you’re thinking… Bi-folding doors really?  The best improvement was getting rid of them 30 years ago… and I agree those louvered doors never worked properly, needed constant adjustment, and always fell off the track… BUT…

Yes that’s a big but  – (insert joke here)

Imagine if bi-folding doors did function properly…  You would have access to the entire closet!

Dreams can come true… See the new bi-folding doors in action.

What do you do when a client asks for closet doors?  Are you walking away from that business?

If you would like more information about bi-folding or sliding doors please feel free to contact me at richdemarco@optonline.net.

Increase your profits with hampers….

I’m sure if there is enough space in your design most of you will add a hamper…

If you’re like most in the industry it’s a tilt out… Why?

It’s not the least expensive option and the argument can be made that it’s a service call waiting to happen…

Is it because this is what you have always done?  Did anyone else just yawn?

Here are some hamper options that may help you stand out, increase the dollar value of your sale and hopefully increase your profits…

  • The least expensive and most versatile option is to use an 18” high pull out wire    basket.  It comes in all of your standard widths, three different depths, and three different finishes.  I’m sure that you will be able to find one that will work with your design.  Sell a canvas liner to add to your sale.  The downside to this option is that you can’t add a drawer face without some carpentry magic.

  • The mid-level option is also the biggest.  It’s a 20” wide X 14” deep X 24” high, vented white plastic hamper.  The basket can be easily removed and installs with four screws into a fixed shelf.  A door mount kit is available.

  • The Cadillac of hampers is a double wire hamper with an aluminum frame and soft close slides.  It’s made for a 14” deep vertical and fits snuggly in a 24” wide section.  Your door mounts to the frame and can be easily adjusted to give you the right reveal.  Sell the canvas liners to add to your sale.

Your turn… What are your tips or tricks when adding hampers to your designs?

If you would like more information please feel free to contact me at richdemarco@optonline.net.

Push open hardware, it’s not all about the design…

Using push open hinges and slides are great for creating a modern feel to your space.  This hardware will eliminate the need for handles and knobs, giving you that European look that your customers keep asking for…

However I think there is an entirely different market for this product that our industry could be missing…

How many of you have worked in a senior community?  Have you ever been told that it’s difficult to open the drawers?  Did you have to go back to remove the rubber bumpers in the back of the slide?

Do you install cabinets in medical or dental offices? No handles = no germs…

These places could benefit from not having to open up doors or drawers with a handle.

Your turn, have you had any experiences with push open hardware?

I help individuals and organizations to be successful… If you have any questions please contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at richdemarco@optonline.net.