Drawer pulls obstructing each other

Old 04-19-24, 07:56 AM
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Drawer pulls obstructing each other

We have been adding drawer pulls on our kitchen cabinets and drawers. Unfortunately, we discovered (after installing most of the other pulls) that the corner cupboards and drawer pulls will obstruct each other and not allow them to fully open. What do we do now? Any ideas? Thanks so much!
Old 04-19-24, 08:15 AM
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It looks like you can install a pull on the right drawer. The left one looks like you are out of luck. Unfortunately this is something that needs to be considered when designing the layout.
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Too late now, but there should have been a spacer between the corner and the cabinet on the right to proved a couple of inches of clearance. There's not much you can do about the drawers except leave them without pulls or use a ring pull that flops down flat against the drawer face and may lay flat enough to allow the opposite drawer to slide by. Recessed pulls would be another option that would work but would required woodworking tools to created the recesses. The issue in any case is that the pulls there won't match the other cabinets.

A similar pull on the doors would allow the doors to open further. You could reverse the hinging on the doors, which would avoid the pulls hitting, but reversing the doors would, IMO, make it awkward to reach into the cabs.
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Depending on the style of handle, I've cut the handle shorter so they miss. That problem goes back to the cabinets being laid out too tight with no fillers at the corner.
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I am assuming only the one on the right will not fully open and that there is not a problem with the one on the left.
Also that this is still true if the handles are installed centered on the drawers

There really is no great fix.
You could just nail/fasten the left one shut and never use it.

What I would do is make it so the left drawer open about half way and no further then put a divider in the drawer and use it as a half drawer.
It would be important to be sure that the drawer does not open up far enough for it to hit the left knob or you will just mess up the right drawer front's finish no matter how careful you are.

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Are the drawer fronts the integral front of the drawer box? Or are they separate drawer fronts screwed (from behind) to the front of the drawer boxes?

If the latter, you could remove the front from the box and mount it on the frame as a drop-down door that allows the drawer box to be slid out over it. This assumes that the door swing is clear of any drawer handle or knob on the intersecting unit. The drop-down door should only have to open 90 degrees so it would not interfere with the door below. There are hinges that will limit the degree of opening.

Here is an example. This shallow section of cabinetry is next to a door. The drawers would be very short and would block the door opening. A drop down door provides access to storage for boxes of foil, cling wrap, food storage bags, etc. The hinges shown would probably block a drawer box but others that allow clearance are available.


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