How to make push opening wardrobe doors

Push-to-open cabinet door

Push-to-open cabinet door

If you want handleless “push to open” doors there are three elements you need:

  • A push to open latching mechanism. This is the grey device in the top left of picture. Push it once and the magnetic plunger locks in the body. Push it again and the plunger is released to open the door. We recommend the Blum TIP-ON modules and one per door is required.
  • A strike plate. This is the metal disc at the top of the door and holds the door in the closed position against the magnetic plunger.
  • An unsprung hinge. Most kitchen cabinet type hinges incorporate a spring to hold the door shut whereas when using a push to open mechanism we don’t want the hinge supplying any closing action.
TIP ON module with door closed

TIP ON module with door closed


TIP ON module with door open

TIP ON module with door open


TIP ON module with door open from the side

TIP ON module with door open from the side

Fitting details:
- Position the TIP ON module towards the top of the door opening. Either attached to the cabinet top or the top portion of the side.
- Easiest way to install is use the ‘Cruciform Adaptor Plate’ as shown in these pictures
- The Cruciform Adaptor Plate has mounting holes spaced 32mm apart and these should be drilled into the cabinet carcass 37mm away from the front edge i.e. fixed in the same way hinge mounting plates are fixed. You can use our template.
- The door in the closed position should be positioned at least 1mm off the cabinet carcass. This ensures that when you push the door to open it there is enough travel to activate the spring in the TIP ON module. Use the hinge adjustment screws to set this distance (the Blum hinges can be adjusted to position the door up to 2mm away from the cabinet carcass).

When you design wardrobes on www.diywardrobes.co.uk just say whether you want conventional or push to open action and we will supply all these parts to match your design.

[Material notes: the top cabinets are spray primed MDF. A top coat of paint will be applied after installation. The bottom cabinet is made from 'Romana Cherry' melamine faced chipboard (MFC) and has 0.4mm thick edgebanding on the carcass and 2mm thick edgebanding on the door. ]

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