If you’re renovating or refreshing a kitchen, bathroom, or any space in your home with cabinetry, consider adding cabinet latches for the ultimate in form and function! They’ll instantly breathe historic charm with a classic, timeless appearance that blends beautifully with any style of home decor.

Cabinet door latches can help keep kids and pets safe, while adding security for belongings behind closed doors.

They’re not only functional, they’re beautiful too. Keep reading to get all the details on our curated selection for your home.

A green potting bench with brass hardware and cabinet latches
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When we set out to renovate our cream kitchen, I knew I wanted it to feel warm, timeless and classic. I knew it should feel simple, and yet cozy and textural at the same time.

For us, that meant unlacquered brass hardware, a bridge faucet, farmhouse sink, Danby marble countertops and shaker style cabinets. Of course I love when small details can help an entire space come to life!

That’s what we’re focusing on today – one of my favorite small design details that captures the essence of how I wanted our kitchen to feel. Let’s learn about this timeless addition to your cabinet hardware!

Use the drop down Table of Contents menu to navigate this post easily. I’m so excited to share with you today!

unlacquered brass cabinet latch

What are Cabinet Latches?

A latch is installed on the face of your cabinet doors. Traditional cabinet latches will come with three main components: a base, a latch bolt (the arm that crosses over to the catch) and a catch (also called a strike plate).

Historically, cabinet latches were used on freestanding cabinetry pieces to keep the cabinet doors closed. Often, these folksy pieces of furniture were handmade, passed down through generations, and might have had ill-fitting doors.

While cabinet door latches can also double as a safety measure (preventing kids and pets from getting to items they shouldn’t), it should be noted that they are not a lock.

Please ensure that you’re keeping everyone safe with true babyproofing methods where dangerous items are involved.

This look has become quite popular in designer kitchens, where they evoke all the charm and function of years gone by. They create a utilitarian, polished farmhouse or traditional look with both their function and beauty.

A kitchen cabinet with glass doors and brass cabinet latches

Why You’ll Love Them

  • Add function
  • Add historic charm
  • Utilitarian
  • They feel high end
  • Customize any space

If you’re an RV family, you’ll know a lot about them already, as they are required! They might also benefit you in a part of the country where earthquakes are prevalent.

A kitchen cabinet with glass doors and brass cabinet latches

Latches or Catches?

These two terms are often used interchangeably but have slightly different meanings when it comes to cabinet hardware.

While we focusing on a traditional style of cabinet latch that is screwed onto your door like any other piece of hardware, there are also latches. Catches tend to be less visible hardware that are added to the interior of your cabinets to prevent them from opening.

Catches are sold in a variety of mechanisms. There are double roller catches, single rollers, bullet catches, and magnetic catches. You can even install touch catches that will open with the push of your hand.

What we’re showcasing today is a traditional metal latch on the exterior of your cabinet doors – also known as turn latches. While this is a historic style, it’s recently come back around and is working its way into every area of our homes – even our pretty new potting bench, as you can see below!

A green potting bench with brass hardware and cabinet latches
Our built in potting bench, painted in Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog.

Types of Metal Cabinet Latches

  • Turn Latches
  • Draw Latches
  • Slide Latches
  • Slam Latches
  • Paddle Latches

Where to Use Cabinet Door Latches

A green potting bench with brass hardware and cabinet latches

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use latches on overlay cabinets?

Overlay cabinets can absolutely have cabinet latches! They need to be full overlay, though, to ensure that the cabinet doors are butted up together closely so the latches can fit appropriately.
However, partial overlay cabinets generally won’t work for latches.

Are cabinet latches hard to open?

No, they’re not! However, they make the most sense in an area of your kitchen (or elsewhere) that is meant for storage and/or display, and not necessarily items you’re grabbing every day.

A kitchen cabinet with glass doors and brass cabinet latches


  • Designers use cabinet latches in a kitchen sparingly. You can do the same! You don’t need a dozen to make a big impact – try just one or two.
  • Use them on inset cabinets and overlay cabinet doors. Partial overlay doors won’t work, though, because the two doors don’t touch.
  • Learning more about cabinetry during your renovation? Read all about Panel Ready Appliances.
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An unlacquered brass cabinet latch

Large Oval Cabinet Latch

$32, available in seven finishes from brass to nickel, chrome and bronze.

Small Oval Cabinet Latch

$27, available in seven finishes from brass to nickel, chrome and bronze.

We used the larger oval cabinet latch for our kitchen, if you’re curious!

Nickel Cabinet Latch

$20, also available in bronze and aged pewter.

Black Cabinet Latch

$27, also comes in shades of pewter, nickel, bronze and more.

Brushed Bronze Cabinet Latch

Also available in polished and brushed nickel, antique pewter, and many more options.

Brass Plated Latch

Just $12, this latch is only plated in brass instead of full brass as the other options above. It’s also available inexpensively in plated nickel and oil rubbed bronze.

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    1. Hello!
      Ours are the large size! I hope that helps – we’ll be sure to note that in the post, too.
      Thanks for asking,

  1. Hi there! How do you use the latches on full overlay cabinet doors to actually keep them closed? What kind of catch is attached to the door and where in order to secure it? I can see that in your kitchen there’s a magnet catch, but what do you use for the overlay cabinets? trying to figure it out for our kitchen reno which has full overlay cabinets