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


  1. JoAnne says:

    Richie — great info. We offer the push open hardware (have a large island in our showroom with drawers & doors) — everyone thinks it’s a cool feature, but can’t recall anyone ordering it. Most of our closet customers definitely fit in the “decorative hardware is the jewelry that finishes off the dress” category.

    • Hi JoAnne, I tend to agree that the decorative hardware finishes off the cabinetry, but I have seen units with aluminum doors and frosted glass that don’t need handles to look good. In my opinion high gloss doors also look great without hardware…

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Have a good weekend.

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