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The soft close. The push-to-open. Over travel. Full extension. Even the Wizard of Oz can't pull all these off without reinforcements. As with many a magic trick, the question posed is “How did you do that?” And the answer is functional hardware from Häfele.
Drawer slides, hinges, drawer boxes and their related components are the wow behind the kitchen, bath, furniture and closet designs. These are the little invisibles that soldier on allowing the open, the close and the open again to happen each time with precision, perfection and style.
“Customer and designer needs have really advanced our functional hardware offerings in new and exciting directions,” states Karen Armour, product manager for Häfele. “The speed and amount of innovation in these categories—both from a functionality and design perspective—is really unprecedented.”
Recent functional hardware additions include:
Drawer Box Systems
Häfele’s Moovit drawer system has been a go-to option for kitchens, bathrooms, offices, stores and beyond for a few years now. The latest generation of this European-style, double walled drawer system features new finishes and updated slides for increased overall beauty and functionality. Also rounding out Häfele’s selection of drawer box systems is the Salice Lineabox and Grass Vionaro. Each system offers clean, simple lines in an ultra-sleek package. Lineabox is designed in such a way that almost no assembly hardware is visible—in addition to being one of the thinnest drawers available on today’s market. The aluminum Lineabox can be cut to size and comes in three finishes: white, titanium and stainless steel look. Vionaro offers an incredible level of easy, tool free adjustment with under mounted Grass Dynapro slides and with built in synchronization.
Drawer slides need to stand up to a lot of abuse—from the drawers they are holding, the weight of the items contained and the people yanking them from cabinetry in search of cutlery, glue or anything else you can think of. With this in mind, Häfele offers both the Accuride 3634 and 3634EC or “Easy Close” drawer slide. These durably constructed slides hold a great deal of weight—whether bottom or side mounted—and offer 1” of over-travel, allowing for complete access to drawer contents. These silent, quiet operating slides come in 12” – 28” lengths and can accommodate up to a 42” wide “island” drawer. Available finishes include clear zinc and electroplate black options.
Another exciting drawer slide offering is the Salice Futura. This concealed runner slide system comes from Häfele in both soft and silent closing and push to open options. Open profiles include both part- and full-extension to fit with your need and design. Lastly, the bottom mounted Salice Shelf rounds out an already rich line by allowing you to install a pull-out shelf—without having to trim it to fit between slides—practically anywhere.
Schools. Government buildings. Garages. Offices. These are the environments where—day in and day out—hardware is put to the test. Häfele is happy to offer the Aximat 300 hinge—a hinge that has been tested way before making its way to these environments and has earned its standing as a Grade 1 “institutional hinge” ensuring years of durable, trouble-free performance.
Häfele [HAY fell leh] is a leading worldwide supplier of furniture and architectural hardware components that improve the functionality of cabinets, doors, kitchens, bathrooms and other living and working environments. LED lighting, decorative hardware, opening and closing mechanisms for doors and drawers, furniture fittings and electronic locking systems are but a few of the essential items Häfele provides to manufacturers, architects, designers, contractors and construction professionals in more than 150 countries.