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Handleless kitchens are the essence of stylish kitchen design. There is some confusion about what they’re all about, so here we look at some of the myths and uncertainties. 
Stylish and sleek handleless kitchens are a design classic
First of all, handleless kitchens aren’t just a trend that will date your kitchen in two of three years. Back in the 1970s they were also a popular choice and now they’re increasing popularity is just confirmation that they are a design classic. 
One of the concerns we often come across is when a handleless kitchen isn’t really handleless. 
Some designs have a recessed groove, instead of a handle to give that sleek appearance to your kitchen. This gives the doors and drawers a distinctive ‘J’ profile at the top when you look at them from the side. You just slip you finger tips into the groove to open them. For a really ‘retro’ look there are also styles that have a metal edge. 
These aren’t truly handleless and one disadvantage is the difficulty of keeping the grooves clean in everyday use. Some people also find that the groove is too shallow for ease of use. Some finishes aren’t suitable for this approach, which could also limit your choice too. 
Alternatively, there are designs that include a recess behind or beside the door and drawer fronts, called a grip ledge. This allows them to be flush to the work surface to give that really sleek finish. With this style the recess can be finished in a contrasting material to give interesting details to your kitchen design. 
Finally, there is the finish that simply doesn’t have handles, recesses or gaps between doors and drawers. This is achieved with a push mechanism for opening and closing. Some of these designs include an electronic (or servo) opening system which is activated when you push, so that your units glide open. However, because of the push mechanism, this style doesn’t have a soft close option. 
We are often asked whether handleless kitchens are cheaper, because you don’t have door furniture. In fact, the option you choose could add to your costs because of the extra manufacturing processes and mechanisms involved. 
Integrated fridges, freezers and dishwashers, for example, also need to be carefully considered if you want a handleless design, so be sure to check that your ideal kitchen appliances can be accommodated. 
If you would like to know more about your handleless kitchen options, then please get in touch or visit our showroom
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