Magnetic Door Catch
Door catches are a common mechanical device that is found in
every building or home. It is the type of highly dependable and reliable mechanism
that goes unnoticed but continuously performs perfectly There are several
versions of door catches, most of which are made of metal and involve some form
of moving component.
Though metal mechanical door catches are seen the most,
another form of door catch, that is designed for unique situations, is the
magnetic door catch that consists of a striking pad and a magnet. These types
of door catches are normally used on cabinets and lightweight doors.
What is a Magnetic Door Catch?
The design of a magnetic door catch involves the use of a
metal plate, which is usually steel, and a mounted magnet. Though it is not
necessary, most magnetics for this type of door are encased in plastic with
flanges for holes on three sides to attach the magnetic to either the door or
the door frame.
The magnets have enough magnetic force to keep the door shut
but can be easily disengaged when exterior force is applied. After the contents
of the cupboard or cabinet are removed, the door can be swung shut and the
magnet resumes its previous position. The mechanism is easy to operate and
remains securely in place.
Uses Magnetic Door Catches
Magnetic door catches are an excellent way of ensuring that
doors are securely shut and safe. The special feature of this type of latch is
that it has only two pieces with one part attached to the door while the other
is attached to the frame of the cabinet, closet, or other types of enclosure.
How the two parts are attached depends on the design of the latch.
In some cases, the magnet is on the frame and the catch plate is on the door.
In this configuration, the door is lightweight and may not be thick enough to
have the magnet attached. The catch plate can be connected using screws or glue
to not damage the appearance of the door.
The main use of magnetic door catches is for lightweight
doors that are made from materials such as plywood, plastic, or certain metals,
which do not require or are unable to support a larger latching mechanism.
Advantages of Magnetic Door Catches
The important advantages of using magnets and catch plates
are their ease of installation and reliability. Unlike mechanical door catches,
these uniquely engineered door latching device are long lasting and will never
need replacement. Once they are properly positioned, they hold any lightweight
door permanently in position without the need for a locking mechanism or moving
The unique nature of magnetic door catches makes them the
perfect solution to keeping doors closed in a kitchen, laboratory, workshop, or
storage room. They open with a simple pull and close by swinging the magnetic
toward the catch plate.