Securing toxic and dangerous household items is a must when baby-proofing your home. Because children are low to the ground when crawling or learning to walk, items in lower cabinets should be locked away. Medicine cabinets, toilets, and cabinets that contain sharp kitchen items or cleaners are all important places to consider installing latches. Installing latches on cabinets will keep curious hands out, and leave your household items accessible to adults. They are simple to install and very inexpensive.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
Determine which cabinets and drawers need latches. These latches come in two pieces: one that goes inside the cabinet/drawer base and one that goes on the back of the door/drawer front. The longer piece is the one that is to be installed on the back of the door and the shorter piece will go inside the cabinet base.
Mark the cabinets where the hole will be drilled. The longer piece needs to be installed one inch from the top of the cabinet door in the corner where the handle is. This varies depending on which way the cabinet door swings. The piece that hooks on the inside base of the cabinet needs to line up exactly with the corresponding part.
Drill your holes as needed. A driver could be used, but drilling them out reduces possible damage to the cabinets. Some brands of latches come with a double-sided tape.The tape has a template printed on one side which allows easy marking of the cabinet. You simply apply the tape in the designated space on the cabinet and drill in the marked areas. This will create a precise line-up of the two parts, which ensures the latch functions properly. This template also keeps you from having to mark and then remove the latch before drilling.
Screw the included hardware into the latches. Tighten down so there is no movement. Be sure the pieces line up with each other. When the door closes the two should interlock. When the door is pulled open, it should come open about an inch and then hook so it cannot be opened further. Press down with one finger to release.
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