Ikea’s Sektion kitchen wall cabinets caught my attention a few times, and I cannot resist playing with them nearly every time I visit the store.
They offer a version of Blum’s Aventos hinges, Utrusta, which lifts a cabinet door up and out of the way. So it’s part hinge, part “stay.” They’re adjustable, for matching to a door’s size and weight.
The hinges are pretty pricey – $49 per pair. The last time I checked, Blum Aventos of similar power weren’t any cheaper.
I’ll be exploring the benefits of these vertical lift hinges in an upcoming cabinet installation. Because the doors open up and out of the way, one could potentially leave the door open when retrieving things from a cabinet or moving things back and forth.
Open a traditional horizontal wall cabinet door, and the door will get in your way.
So with these hinges, I’d think you get the access benefits of using an open cabinet or shelf, but also the benefits of having a door you could close.
Gas springs are another option, but can be finicky to work with, and might not fit into the “look” of a kitchen, home office, or other place you might have kitchen cabinets.
I first came across these hinges and vertically-lifted doors in one of Ikea’s office furniture displays. There was a double-bank of cabinets with a single door lifted by 4 of these hinges.
It reminded me of cubicle-style furniture I had at my lab desk. There was a large hutch over the short section of my L-shaped desk, with metal doors that opened up and then pushed inward. These hinges seem to be similar, except for not being able to be docked within the cabinet.
They do take up a lot of space, too, more than traditional cabinet hinges.
Have you used these hinges before, either the Ikea Utrusta or Blum Aventos? The initial cost seems high, but I’m thinking they might be worth it, at least for longer cabinets.