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How to Choose the Right Cabinet and Drawer Locks When Babyproofing Your Home

Babyproofing Kitchen CabinetsChoosing the right cabinet and drawer locks for your home can be a daunting task.   With so many styles available, which is right for you?  An easy way to get started is to ask yourself a couple of questions:

  1. Is the area to be proofed highly used, moderately used or rarely used?
  2. Do you plan to have additional children in the future?
  3. Do you require easy installation?
  4. Is the furniture piece an antique?

The answer to these questions along with the information below will help you determine which lock best fits your lifestyle, future plans and home design.

Pros and Cons of Various Lock Styles

Magnetic Cabinet/Drawer Locks
  • Hardware mount, great for highly used areas
  • Unique feature that allows parents to disable the lock, rendering it open.  This is great for the months or years between siblings that no childproof lock is needed
  • Holds door completely closed, no pinching of fingers possible
  • Durable
  • Higher price
  • Although any magnet will unlock, must have magnet available to open
  • Normally requires professional installation to ensure an exact fit
Spring Action Cabinet/Drawer Locks
  • Very affordable
  • Hardware mount, great for highly used areas
  • Does allow door to open enough for the possibility of little fingers to get pinched
  • Normally requires professional installation to ensure an exact fit
Adhesive Cabinet/Drawer Locks
  • Easy to install
  • Adhesive mount, great for moderately or rarely used cabinet and drawers
  • Good choice for antique furniture since no drilling is required
  • Higher price
  • May need to be replaced due to adhesive wear
  • Allows door to open enough for the possibility of little fingers to get pinched
Sliding Cabinet Locks
  • Easy to install
  • Moderately priced
  • Depending on brand may allow door to open enough for the possibility of little fingers to get pinched
  • Only works on cabinets with door handles, not on drawers
  • Visually unappealing since it attaches to outside of cabinet
  • Not durable and breaks easy.  In many circumstances, this style of lock will need to be purchased several times.

If you plan to have additional children in the future, consider spending a bit more money for higher quality locks that can re-used for future siblings.

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