Stop Your Cabinets From Banging

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
2 Materials
2 Minutes
Don't you hate it when your kitchen cabinet doors slam shut? I can't stand that loud sound. Since my cabinet dampers (the little rubber circles that stop your cabinet from slamming) just fell off for the hundredth time, I decided to make my own. Using two simple household objects, I made my own dampers that I know will stay in place.
A cabinet without dampers can really make a large amount of noise, even when you try to close it gently.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials
All I used for this project was hot glue and fun colored duct tape. I picked purple, because it's my daughter's favorite color. You can use the regular silver duct tape, but I like any excuse to add vibrant colors to my home.

Step 2: Place Tape on Cabinet Corner
I put a small rectangular piece of duct tape on the bottom outmost corner of each cabinet door, facing the inside of the cabinet. If you're not sure which corner to tape, it's the bottom corner on the side that doesn't have hinges. Putting down duct tape keeps the hot glue from falling off, but it also protects your cabinets from damage when the hot glue goes on.

Step 3: Add Hot Glue
I added a circle of glue the bottom corner of the tape. It’s important that the glue will hit the frame of the cabinet. If you close your door and see that you haven't placed the glue low enough, you can just make another circle (but make sure the glue is DRY before you do that, or you'll have a hard time opening up your cabinet).

Hot glue dries very quickly, so after two minutes you can definitely test it out.
Now my cabinets close without a bang. The glue softens the impact and protects my cabinet frame. Easy peasy.
Suggested materials:
  • Duct tape   (Lowes)
  • Hot Glue   (Micheals)
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  • Irene Irene on Dec 03, 2016
    Wouldn't super-gluing the dampers to the door as they were do the same thing?
  • San9879891 San9879891 on Dec 03, 2016
    Why didn't this person just go buy those little rubber stops at Home Depot? They would have cost less than the tape or the glue gun & glue????
  • Chel Chel on Dec 04, 2016
    I like the measuring cup idea hanging inside the cabinet door! How did you do that?
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