Do your kitchen cabinets gap? Do the doors NEVER QUITE close completely? There's a simple solution to this problem!
Things You'll Need
- Hook and Loop Tape
- stubby pencil
- rubbing alcohol
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Velcro brand hook and loop tape can be found for purchase by the yard in many fabric and craft stores. You want the STICKY BACK type. The "hooks" and the "loops" are sold separately - so be sure to pick up both.
Velcro is also sold in packaged quantities and is available in different strengths. Most cabinets will be fine with a 3/4" or 1" sticky back tape. A heavy door, or one that has a large gap may need a better grip. Velcro Industrial Strength, found in most auto parts or hardware stores, contains 2 sets of 4'' x 2'' super strong rectangles.
For most doors, You want to cut the Velcro into 1" x 1" or smaller squares. Use as many squares as needed along the length of the door. Just popping the tape on without cutting often causes it to buckle.
Close the door and lightly run a pencil along the outer edge. Clean this line off later. (When placing the Velcro, you don't want it to show outside the door.)
Clean the area where the tape is to be applied with rubbing alcohol.
We've found that applying the Velcro "hooks" to the cabinet and the "loops" to the door works best.
When the clean surface is thoroughly dry, remove the backing and place your Velcro "hooks" tape 1/2" inside the pencil line that you drew earlier.
Place a stubby pencil, point side out against the Velcro square you just placed on the cabinet. Close the door slowly and make a mark where the pencil touches the door. Now you know where to center your "loops".
IMPORTANT - leave the cabinet door open for the day to give the adhesive backing a chance to dry. If you close the door right away, one side of the Velcro will pull off.
That's it - a simple, inexpensive solution to an annoying problem.