Cupboard Stays

different types and how they work

A cupboard stay would generally be used for holding, or locking, a cupboard door in the open position until closing is required. These are mainly used on bridging units for kitchen and bedroom furniture – a good example of this is small overhead cupboards that you lift the door up and then the door locks in position while you get what you need before you then gently push or pull the door back to close it.  Cupboard stays can also be found on things like children’s toy boxes or glass display cabinets.

Cupboard stays are usually fixed by screws to the door and carcass. They don’t replace hinges but need to work with them – care needs to be taken in positioning the two ends of a cupboard stay so that it allows the door to fully close.

For small doors, a single cupboard stay may be adequate whereas two stays (one on each end) will be required on large or heavy doors. 

There are three main types of stay:

Friction Stay

A friction stay requires manual closing – this is because it has a built-in brake function which means it will hold the door open in any position until pressure is applied to move the door.

Locking Stay

The locking stay is a simple stay that would only hold the door when it is fully open, ie at the top, and it would then require closing by manually pushing it back to the closed position.

Soft Close Stay

A soft close stay is similar to the locking stay but when the closing action is started, the stay then slowly releases the door in a smooth motion until it’s fully closed.

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