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


The Poor Man’s CNC…

Fastcap distributed by the Mayor of Hardware

Well maybe this doesn’t have the capabilities of a CNC, but it’s an easy way to do “selective drilling.”

Use it on site or in the field.

Watch Brian Way show us how –

Another time saver from Fastcap!!

If you need more info contact your local Fastcap distributor or you can leave your questions below…

I’m happy to help!

Are You Up On The Latest Handle Trend?

Lilly Handle

Decorative hardware is always difficult to predict.  You never know what’s going to take off and what’s going to be a dog…

There seems to be a growing demand for square handles…

Currently the ones on the market are a little high priced for closets.

I have been selling the above Lilly handles for about two years and it’s really beginning to gain popularity.

Is it as nice as the expensive ones – Not really…

Once I tell customers it’s half the price… it gets much nicer.  :0)

Some of my customers are beginning to replace the stainless steel bar handles with the Lilly handles…

If you would like more info about this collection or have a hardware question please don’t hesitate to contact me at

The Mayor’s Hardware Review – AWFS 2013…


Many of the exhibitors had new items on display – from battery operated LED closet rods to decorative European hinges… This is part 1 of my review of AWFS – Hope you enjoy it!

Here is a look at 4 items that I thought were interesting –

Light up rod and mini light

The above photo shows two different types of battery operated LED lights for closets or cabinets.  Yes you heard me battery operated…

The LED closet rod comes in 5 different sizes, features a motion sensor and can be trimmed…

The mini LED light fits into your 32mm hole pattern and is great for adding extra light to your shelving sections – Think about how cool a light up shoe section would be or imagine lighting up the inside of drawers…                             Salice hinge-1                     Salice hinge-2

Next – European decorative hinges by Salice – the pictures doesn’t do it justice…

It comes in chrome, brass, orb and more wood grains than I can remember.  It features soft close and the installs like a standard European hinge.

If you’re installing high end closets, cabinets or furniture, you may want consider offering this… I have never seen anything like it and it could be what separates you from your competition…

Torque Hinge

Another interesting hinge that I saw was the “Torque Hinge.”  At first look it appeared to be a heavy duty butt hinge… After playing with the display I was very impressed…

The stainless steel hinge can be surface mounted on any toy chest or cabinet and it will allow the door to be held in any position or angle without the need of a flap stay.  All of a sudden those flip up doors have become very easy to install… For heavier doors, just add more hinges…

Your turn – What was your favorite part of AWFS 2013?

Was it the Stiles machine tour of Tanked?   New hardware or all of the new board colors??

Stay tuned for next week’s post for more on AWFS.  As alway if I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at


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