KidCo Adhesive Mount Magnet Locks

Date Wed, May 13 2009

If you have kids or pets then you probably have had to deal with them going into cabinets. Short of ranginess every possibly breakable or chemically dangerous item on the top shelf like you’ve rearranged every other aspect of your life, you might want an easier solution. I know I do. After all, I’m not very tall and it wouldn’t do me any good if I couldn’t reach my things just because my cats want to go in the cupboard. It also wasn’t doing me any good to have to rewash every dish I own, after finding Goliath making himself at home on top of and inside of them.

So I sought the advice of my friends and they told me to get cabinet locks. Because we rent, I didn’t want any which required drilling and, as Dez warned me, only certain kinds will do the trick. If a cat can get his head in between, he can fit which meant that most typical cabinet locks which require you to slip your finger between the door and cupboard were out. That left me with these Adhesive Mount Magnet Locks which don’t require drilling holes, are invisible and should be cat proof. So I bought the starter set which includes 2 locks and one magnet “key.”

When the locks arrived, I set about installing. I chose 2 cupboards in the kitchen: the pots and pans cupboard and the cleaning supply cupboard under the sink. The first thing I noticed was that, because my cabinets have a slight “lip” coming down from the top, I would have to stick the locks to that instead of the top of the cabinet. While this works, it feels a little more wobbly and less secure than if the lock were stuck flush against the top of the cabinet.

Because this is fairly important, I took the time to make a little graphic representation of my dilemma, which you can see to the side. The lock sticks to the bottom of the lip instead of the (bottom of the top?) of the cupboard and the lock and adhesive strip extend past the edge of the lip.

So, the instructions say to stick the lock on and there are little guide tabs (shown in the picture.. sort of) which you line up and the piece sort of cups the edges of your cabinet. Although the images show this in the top corner of a cabinet, I installed a couple locks on the bottom side (though I had the same lip issue) and you could also easily install them on the bottom of your cabinets if it works well. That seems to make more sense with higher cabinets, otherwise I’d have to stand on something to unlock my cabinet doors. This probably isn’t a concern for a product made to deter young children but my cats love cupboards high and low so I’m glad these magnet locks are adaptable.

I found peeling the protective paper away from the sticky piece to be really hard. I use a lot of 3M adhesive hooks and never have such a hard time with those. In fact, I really like the adhesive 3M products in general and it would be cool if they made their own version of this product. KidCo did, all right, though.

After the catch is mounted to the inside of your cabinet, you stick the hook part of the lock to the door. This is done by pressing a button on the hook so that it locks open then sliding the hook onto the catch. The sticky strip on the hook will be facing the door so when you close it, it will stick to your door.

The instructions say to wait 24 hours before actually using it, at which point you can unlock the hook, close your cabinet and it will not open when you pull on it. I didn’t wait because I wanted to test it. The first lock I installed worked VERY well. The second had more of a problem: the hook wasn’t grasping the lock inside the cabinet so the lock wasn’t working. This wasn’t an issue because it was a cabinet under the kitchen sink and I could reach in from the other side of the cupboard to force the lock. I had planned to simply keep that door locked when, one day, I closed the door roughly and the lock started to work.

So, my first 2 locks were successful but I have more cupboards than that and ordered 4 more. Be careful if you do this because the sets of 4 do not have a key, only the Adhesive Magnet Lock starter sets do. Speaking of the key, it comes with a little holder which you can stick to the wall to keep it close at hand. I stuck mine next to the sink, under the cabinet. All I have to do is grab the key, which is a plastic-covered round magnet with a handle on it, and hold it against the cabinet door while opening it. This causes the hook to let go of the locking mechanism inside and I know my cats won’t figure it out.

After waiting 24 hours, you’re supposed to break off the guide tabs. Because of my cupboard lip issue, it seemed like messing with the locks would make them fall off so I left them on. The result is that the cabinet doors do not sit flush against the cupboard but they’re only open a few millimeters, really. You wouldn’t notice unless you knew.

However, besides not wanting to break off the tabs, the locks I have been using have stayed pretty secure. I can pull them off witohut too much trouble if I wanted, and I will have to when we move, but in the meantime they’re doing a pretty good job. The first lock I installed was on my plate cupboard which I use frequently and so far, so good. I’ve occasionally reached for the door and forgotten about the locks and even pulling on it a bit hasn’t caused any harm.

My only concern is that someone would probably pull off the locks if they didn’t know about them and thought the cupboard was stuck. Even if this did happen, it would be the locks that suffer and not the cabinet door or frame.

Even with some minor difficulties, I have been really happy with the Adhesive Mount Magnet Lock kit from Kid Co and will probably buy 1 more 4-pack sometime in the near future. Not only is it good for kids and pets but if you wanted to keep snoopers out of any cabinets, it works for that as well. These adhesive, magnet locks could also work to keep a broken cabinet door closed. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to a friend.

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