Testing Quiet Cabinet Door Bumpers
A customer walked in the other day looking for cabinet bumpers. We don’t stock them at work, but I remembered getting some samples a while back from Bumper Specialties Inc, and went digging through all of the kitchen displays hunting for the package. I found the cabinet bumpers, gave the customer a sheet of samples, and then took some home to play with.
What I was really wondering about were the bumpers that are supposed to be very quiet compared to regular bumpers. I grabbed a couple of each bumper type and stuck them on the doors of one wall cabinet.
This cabinet door bumper is the BS-12. It’s a normal enough looking bumper. It’s made of Polyurethane, is clear, and is in the 1/4″ diameter range. It’s also around 1/8″ thick.
In this corner is the BS33-SD, also made by Bumper Specialties. It’s about the same size as the other bumper, but there’s a little nipple at the thickest part. I am assuming that this feature is what’s supposed to quiet things down.
Once I’d gotten two of each kind of bumper on each cabinet door, I found that my doors were in need of adjustment (read how ot do that in Adjusting Kitchen Cabinets Hinges). Once that task was finished, I started shutting my cabinet doors. I shut my cabinet doors a lot. Even my toddler thought I was being odd.
Obviously, the quiet bumpers didn’t make much of a difference when I slammed the doors. If you’re a regular door slammer, forget it. Then I started shutting the doors from smaller and smaller “open angles.” Most of my test closes were by letting the door go from about two inches out. I didn’t hear a difference.
This cabinet, until today, had no bumpers at all on it, so I can say with complete confidence that either of the bumpers I tested are much better than nothing, but I don't know that the special nipple on the BS33-SD makes a whole lot of difference.