A kitchen without handles can make for a more streamlined look and open the door to clever design features. 

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Image: Kitchens by Holloways

When deciding on a style for your kitchen, handles or no handles may be one of the first decisions you make. 

Handleless kitchens have pros and cons – they may look more sleek and less fussy than those with handles, however, your cabinetry will be at the mercy of finger prints and rely on hidden handles, which can be unwieldly, or push mechanisms, which can be temperamental. 

However there are some clever design features that can be accomplished by using a handleless cabinetry style – take a look at these examples. 

Create a panelled wall look 

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Image: Blakes London. Photo: @82mmphotography

 Without handles to obviously signify, this floor-to-ceiling fitted cabinetry created by Blakes for a London home could pass as stylish wall panelling. Another benefit of its handleless design, the storage with in is accessed through pocket doors, which recess into the cabinetry to open up the space fully and create a more functional kitchen space. 

Read more: How to design an invisible kitchen

Uniform appearance

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Image: Sola Kitchens

In this minimal Japandi-inspired design by Sola Kitchens, a mix and match of cupboards and drawers sit behind a uniform slatted oak façade to create a decorative, yet functional design.

Read more: How to choose the right cabinets for your kitchen design

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All in the detail

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Image: Kitchens by Holloways

To break up the expanse of this sleek, floor-to-ceiling, handleless cabinetry from Kitchens by Holloways, the designers created an oak-lined cut out to act as a display shelf. While this has created distinct cupboards in the central panel, the end doors wrap around the inset for an interesting design detail.

Classic style 

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Image: Higham Furniture

It isn’t just modern styles that are available in handleless designs. Higham Furniture, for example, offers a handleless Shaker kitchen that would work great in a compact space where lots of cabinetry hardware would look cluttered. This design has the ability to have drawers split over Shaker panels to further streamline the design of the kitchen furniture. 


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