Catches & Latches
You can’t always trust cabinet doors or drawers to stay closed by themselves. Catches and latches help to keep interior spaces neat and tidy – and safe – by ensuring closed means closed, for as long as needed.
With around a dozen different varieties to choose from, Sugatsune’s range of catches and latches offers more choice than anywhere else. Whether it’s keeping cabinets and lids securely closed to stop little fingers prying, or adding enough resistance to drawers to avoid them sliding open, we’ve got every situation covered.
What a catch or latch does might sound simple, but we never take anything for granted in the design and production of any of our components. Every catch and latch we make has to meet our criteria for excellence in three areas – long-lasting reliability, faultless functionality, and eye-catching style.
If you want catches and latches that work great and look great, you’re in the right place.
Catch or Latch?
What’s the difference between a catch and a latch? Both are fastening devices, but there are differences in how they do the job. A catch is the simpler of the two, making use of a bar and socket fitted to the inside of a door, drawer or lid and the frame. When closed, the bar catches on the socket, holding it in position until a force is applied to separate them. Many catches use magnets to perform the same function.
Latches make use of additional mechanisms that work to hold a catch in place. Whereas catches can be released with a simple tug on a door, drawer or lid, latches require additional actions both to be freed and secured again. Whereas most catches are mounted on the inside of a cabinet or drawer, latches are most often mounted on the exterior.
Small, simple and easy to install, catches are ideal if your main concern is preventing a door swinging or drawer sliding open unintentionally. But they are limited in strength, so for heavier doors or if you want to make a storage space more secure, a latch is recommended.
With eight different types of latch in our collection, we have solutions for every type of closing you wish to fasten securely. As well as classic bolt, bar and hasp latches, which make use of levers or slides to hold and release a fastening, we also have latches specially designed for sliding doors and for keeping lids shut.
When a visible bolt or hasp doesn’t fit well with your visual design scheme, we have latches purpose built for their exceptional aesthetic qualities. This includes stylish and sophisticated push knob latches in our ultra-premium Zwei L range. These neat, delicately curved and exquisitely polished high grade stainless steel knobs feature a central button which is pressed to catch and release the latch. When closed, the button sits perfectly flush with the knob for a seamless effect.
If you would rather have no visible evidence of a latch mechanism at all, we also have magnetic and non-magnetic touch latches. Sitting on the inside of a cabinet, these function much like a catch – except to release them, you have to give the door or drawer a gentle push inwards, rather than pull it out. This also avoids the need to have an exterior handle.
On the hunt for a great catch? With more than 50 different magnetic catches alone to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect match in the Sugatsune range. We use highly magnetic neodymium in our magnetic catches to exert a stronger hold than most comparable products on the market.
Our non-magnetic catches include general purpose rotary and knuckle catches which exert a light-touch but durable hold suitable for keeping household cabinet doors in place when closed. Tension and roller catches, meanwhile, exert a stronger hold by squeezing stainless steel tongues into a snug groove or between twin roller balls, making them a good option for heavier doors.