Magnetic Locks . . . Are they worth the extra cost?

Magnetic Locks . . . Are they worth the extra cost?

Deciding on which cabinet or drawer locks to install can be a confusing decision. There are dozens of devices to choose from, at a variety of price points.   The average baby or DIY store usually stocks the most basic of plastic locks and they offer the most basic protection and convenience. The inherent nature of any plastic lock allows the cabinet to be opened just enough to squeeze a finger in to push down on the device and release the catch. The problem is, because a child’s finger is smaller than adults, it doesn’t take much practice for them to defeat the system. And if there is an over-hang of your kitchen countertop, an adult will have a very hard time finding the room to even squeeze their finger in, period.

 

Magnetic locks offer superior protection because the cabinet is either “open” or “closed” with very little gap to pinch a finger between the frame and door front. An extra advantage is the “defeat latch” which allows the lock to be dis-armed if the toddler is not present. Installation can be tricky, and a hole drilled too far into the wood can be costly. I’ve been contacted to complete many of these seemingly easy jobs over the years, after the time a frustrated parent needed to install only one took well over an hour!

 

Over the past 20 plus years, 95% of my clients have decided to install magnetic locks over plastic locks. And dozens of them have told me that the advantage of these locks made selling their homes easier if the new family had toddlers, too. My advice, do it right the first time, it’s well worth the investment.

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