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Should You Ditch Handles in Your New Kitchen?

Handleless kitchens are fast emerging as the most popular option for those who want a streamlined, minimalist look for their kitchen cabinets

Homeowners are loving the clean and effortless appeal of uninterrupted joinery, and design advancements mean that going handleless is easier than ever before. 

From hidden finger pulls to touch technology, there are several ways that you can ditch the handles in your new kitchen. Here’s how you can get the look in your renovation. 


Overhead cabinets

Overhead cabinet doors hang down further than the cabinet’s internal elements, creating a lip that allows you to pull them open and closed. This is an easy option to implement, though some may not like the look of the overhang disrupting the lines of your kitchen. 

Push-to-touch mechanisms can also be fitted on your overheads for a more seamless finish.


True handleless

True handleless cabinets have continuous rails built in that sit behind each door and drawer front, creating a space that allows you to grip it easily. The continuous rail means cabinet doors remain uninterrupted, sitting flush with the rest of the joinery. 

This is a great option for smaller or narrower spaces, as you can make the best use of deep cabinets by opting for pull-out drawers. You also don’t have to allow for an overhang of your bench or worktop.


Moulded finger pulls

Also known as shark tooth pulls, the moulded finger pull style has a channel routed into the top edge of the door or drawer, creating a small lip.This style requires no additional hardware, making it a cost-effective solution for kitchen installation in Sydney. The lip of the cabinet may not be as easy to grip for those with larger hands, as the gap can be quite narrow. The gap may also accumulate crumbs over time and will require regular cleaning.


Aluminium finger pulls

Similar in appearance to moulded finger pulls, aluminium pulls involve a J-shape handle in the form of a piece of moulded aluminium applied to the top of each door and drawer front. 

These create a streamlined effect, however are not always suited to every material as they require a small channel to be routed into the top of the door.


Push-to-open cabinets

Push-to-open mechanics can be either magnetic or electric, depending on your budget. Having push-to-open mechanics allows your cupboard doors and drawers to sit flush without any gaps. 

Push-to-open style kitchen cabinets are a popular option for kitchens with integrated appliances, as the true seamlessness of the profile creates continuous, unbroken lines throughout the space.

One thing to be wary of is the build-up of fingerprints, which can be noticeable depending on the finish and how much natural light is in your space. 


Overall, a handleless kitchen might be the right choice for you if you prefer a minimal, timeless design style. 

It’s worth noting that despite needing less hardware, a handleless kitchen will usually end up costing between 20-50% more due to the additional labour needed to create the custom joinery, the resources required for kitchen installation in Sydney and additional mechanisms like railings or magnets.

If you’re not completely sold on a handleless kitchen, U-shaped finger pulls are another great option. These allow a seamless kitchen design that is user-friendly for the whole family. 


Get hands on with a range of different cabinetry options at an Apollo Kitchens showroom. With four locations across Sydney and the Central Coast, it’s easy to visualise your dream kitchen and meet the team who can help bring it to life. See our opening hours or book a consultation here.

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