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The history of Titus

From a single screw to a global brand 

At Titus, we’re proud of our rich history. From our beginnings in the 1970s, we’ve grown into a global leader in precision-engineered furniture components, all driven by an innovative spirit. We put our success down to an unwavering commitment to quality and improvement, something that hasn’t changed since day one 

The origins of Titus  

Our journey began in 1973 when Robert Appleby founded Titus Tool Company in the UK. The company started with a single, innovative product: the Hi-Lo Black screw. This screw offered superior grip compared to conventional screws and was first used for fastening bookcases. This simple but effective invention set the tone for our future. It showed our ability to solve problems with precise, well-engineered solutions. 

Growing and innovating 

Throughout the 1980s, we expanded our product range to meet the evolving needs of the furniture manufacturing industry. We introduced concealed cabinet connectors and Quickfit technology, which became essential for the growing particle board furniture market. 

In the 1990s, our commitment to innovation continued. In 1996 we rebranded, emphasising our dedication to developing high-volume, innovative furniture connectors. Our vision was clear: to have our products in every home. We supported this by improving our manufacturing processes and developing components that made assembly easier for the end user. 

A strong UK presence 

Our UK headquarters in Sherburn in Elmet has played a key role in our growth. We’ve focused on creating innovative solutions and maintaining high quality standards. Titus UK continues to develop products that meet the specific needs of British furniture manufacturers, making us a trusted partner in the industry. 

Strategic acquisitions and global growth 

The turn of the century was a time of significant growth for Titus. In 2005, we acquired Lama, a Slovenian specialist in hinge technology. This allowed us to expand our portfolio to include soft-close solutions, which became popular in household products like cabinets​. 

Our global reach continued with the acquisition of Tekform in Australia in 2014. This move strengthened our presence in the Asia-Pacific region and allowed us to introduce the T-type hinge, a flagship product known for its soft-closing mechanism. By 2019, we had launched the TeraBlack product range, featuring a distinctive dark-grey, non-reflective finish that’s resistant to abrasion and scratching​. 

A global leader in precision engineering 

Today, Titus is a global leader in precision engineering, serving customers in over 70 countries. We have arms across Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Our products include cabinet hardware, damping solutions and precision parts. We use an integrated approach in our research, development and production processes to ensure we’re constantly innovating and meeting the needs of various industries. 

Our philosophy and commitment 

Understanding customer needs is at the heart of what we do. We aim to make our customers’ products better by providing quality components at competitive prices. We’re always learning about different markets to find and meet needs, especially where we can produce in large volumes. 

We’re constantly striving for global leadership by focusing on product innovation and providing value to our customers. We build long-term relationships and value a culture of continuous improvement. This helps us maintain consistent quality worldwide and always adapt to our customers’ changing needs.  

Looking to the future 

As we look to the future, our mission remains to grow as a world leader in the development and supply of high-volume, innovative furniture connectors, precision damped hinges and drawer systems.

Ultimately, we help our customers succeed by providing reliable, precision-engineered components over the long term. We’re always updating our approach to stay competitive in a rapidly changing market. 

From a single screw to a global brand, the story of Titus is one of innovation, commitment to quality and a deep understanding of our customers’ needs. We’re excited about the future and look forward to continuing our journey, providing cutting-edge solutions that push the boundaries of furniture component technology and design.  

Do you need precision components to enhance the functionality and user experience of your furniture? Get in touch with our team today to find out more about our range of soft-close hinges and hardware solutions.

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Soft-close vs traditional hinges

Choosing between soft-close and traditional hinges can make a big difference in functionality and user experience. Today, we’re looking at the main differences between these two types of hinges, and highlighting the many benefits that come with opting for soft-close hinges.

Traditional hinges

A staple in furniture design, traditional hinges are simple in design. They’re typically made of two plates joined by a pin and offer a basic but effective way to open and close doors.

The advantages of traditional hinges:

Cost-effective: Traditional hinges are often budget-friendly, so they’re a popular choice for large-scale projects or basic or low-cost furniture designs.

Easy to install: You need minimal to no experience to install a traditional hinge. They’re generally very straightforward to replace, too.

Versatile: With a simple design and various sizes and styles to choose between, traditional hinges can work well for a wide range of different furniture designs.

Traditional hinges do have their drawbacks, however:

Noisy: One of the most heard complaints about traditional hinges is the slamming noise they can make, which can be frustrating in quiet home environments.

Wear and tear: Over time, traditional hinges can be subject to more wear and tear due to no damping mechanism, which can cause doors to slam shut. This can potentially damage both the hinge and the door over time.

Limited safety features: A concern with traditional hinges, particularly in homes with children, is the risk of injuries like trapped fingers. A lack of safety features like soft-close means there are more chances of accidental injuries.

Reduced convenience: Traditional hinges can limit comfort and convenience for users. Slamming doors can be jarring, particularly when handling multiple tasks at once, like cooking in a kitchen.

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The benefits of soft-close hinges

In contrast to traditional hinges, soft-close hinges are a significant leap forward in component technology. Designed for improved convenience and durability, they offer a sophisticated solution with a smooth and silent operation.

Here’s why many homeowners, furniture manufacturers and retailers opt for soft-close hinges.

Silent closure
Soft-close hinges use innovative damping technology to ensure doors close silently and gently, eliminating slamming noises and creating a calm environment.

Safety
Safety is important, especially in homes with young children. Soft-close hinges reduce the chance of trapped fingers and accidental injuries by slowing down the closing action.

Durability and extended lifespan
Soft-close hinges are built to withstand the test of time. A soft closing mechanism reduces wear and tear on both the hinges and furniture, helping extend their lifespan. This also reduces the need for frequent replacements.

Enhanced user experience
Soft-close hinges add a spot of luxury to furniture design and improve the overall user experience. A smooth and effortless opening and closing motion makes daily interactions with the furniture much more seamless.

Customisable
Soft-close hinges offer a wide range of different styles to complement different furniture designs. Many feature customisable options like adjustable closing force, so you can tailor them to your individual applications.

Titus: your partner in high-quality soft-close components 

Titus is a leading provider in innovative furniture hardware solutions, including a range of soft-close hinges and components. Our commitment to quality is reflected in every product we offer, ensuring performance and durability for both manufacturers and end users.

Here’s why you should choose Titus:

  • Exceptional quality: We use quality materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to deliver products that perform. Our hinges are all tested for durability and reliability, providing peace of mind for furniture manufacturers and end users alike.
  • Innovative solutions: We offer a range of components tailored to your needs. Our range includes various styles and functionalities to complement your furniture design.
  • User-focused: We always prioritise user-focussed innovation, ensuring our products improve both functionality and user experience. Advanced features like soft-close mechanisms and damping solutions are used to meet the needs of modern consumers.
  • Integrated offering: We strategically manage each stage of our innovation and production process, keeping the customer front of mind all the way through. From formulating new product concepts and developing prototypes to manufacturing and bringing products to market, each step is fully integrated and designed to solve real industry problems.
  • Fast time to market: Our lean and cost-effective processes improve our time to market and allow us to service customers who need large quantities of products delivered quickly.

Well-designed furniture components play an important role in enhancing user experience and ensuring long-lasting durability. Soft-close hinges offer a great alternative to traditional hinges, providing a smooth, quiet and safe operation that improves functionality of furniture.

At Titus, we’re dedicated to delivering innovative hardware solutions that meet the needs of both furniture manufacturers and end-users. Our soft-close hinges offer exceptional quality, durability and performance, making them the perfect choice for improving furniture designs.

Do you need precision components to enhance the functionality and user experience of your furniture? Get in touch with our team today to find out more about our range of soft-close hinges and hardware solutions.

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How Titus elevates everyday living

From durable kitchen cabinets to seamlessly gliding bedroom drawers, the moving parts of a house deserve meticulous attention to detail. These components form the backbone of day-to-day living, so retail groups and manufacturers need to prioritise reliability and durability. By investing in quality components, they can help enhance the overall functionality of our living spaces and contribute to a comfortable home environment.

Our commitment to quality

At Titus, our range of components and connectors is designed to address the needs of retail groups, manufacturers and end users alike. Our commitment to quality and innovation means we understand the world of furniture manufacture like no other. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to fitness for purpose, we’ve earned our reputation as a trusted leader in the world of furniture components.

Here’s why reliable components are a must for functional, durable furniture and fittings in the home – offering both peace of mind for consumers and greater choice for manufacturers.

  • Consumers deserve peace of mind that they can rely on their furniture day in and day out. Technically advanced components designed and manufactured by Titus ensure that cabinets close smoothly, drawers slide effortlessly, and hinges open quietly.
  • With innovative solutions from Titus, homeowners can trust that their furniture will stand the test of time.
  • Our components give manufacturers the flexibility to design and produce a wide range of furniture to meet the diverse needs of their customers.
  • Our commitment to design and engineering ensures that furniture will deliver consistent performance and durability.

Innovative solutions for modern homes

We offer a comprehensive range of components that are designed to work across various furniture applications throughout the home. Let’s take a closer look at how Titus products contribute to both the functionality and the aesthetics of the moving parts of kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Kitchens: Efficiency and style

The heart of many homes, kitchen furniture should be not only practical and durable but stylish too. Components from Titus can play a crucial role in ensuring that kitchen furniture works smoothly and efficiently. The Quickfit TL5 dowel connector is the perfect choice for kitchen cabinet construction. It’s a high-performance connector that allows for the quick and reliable assembly of cabinets and shelves, and its expanding steel sleeve creates strong joints to ensure that cabinets remain sturdy and reliable for years to come.

Our T-type soft close hinges are the perfect partner to the TL5, offering homeowners the convenience of quiet closing action for cabinet doors, to reduce noise and enhance the overall atmosphere in the kitchen.

Bedrooms: Maximising storage and convenience

Organisation and calmness are key in a bedroom, so furniture and fittings should help consumers streamline their daily routines and maximise their storage space – all while looking great. The Tekform Slimline Drawer system offers sleek, space-efficient storage for wardrobes and dressers. With options for multiple drawer heights and load capacities, the system can help homeowners accommodate clothing, accessories and other essentials with ease. The soft-close functionality guarantees smooth and silent operation, helping to prevent slamming and maintain a tranquil bedroom environment.

For sliding wardrobes, doors and drawers, Slidix, our comprehensive range of damping solutions, ensures quiet and effortless closing, even on heavier doors. It’s reliable at any closing speed and the damping curve is fully programmable, thanks to the Titus damper inside. Slidix helps blend sleek design with practical functionality, perfect for a bedroom environment.

Bathrooms: Creating a tranquil atmosphere

Most people want their bathroom to be a space that’s peaceful and calm, with the ‘spa-like bathroom’ trend growing in popularity. Getting the finishing touches right is a crucial part of creating a high-end, relaxing home bathroom. Soft-close components that offer a slow and soundless closing motion are the perfect complement to a luxurious bathroom set-up, and our range of soft-close mechanisms is an ideal solution.

Our Glissando Hinge Dampeners provide a gentle closing action for doors that’s ideal for minimising noise and creating a sense of calmness in the bathroom. It’s a great solution for cabinet doors as it provides effortless and quiet closing. Our Slidix range also offers a versatile solution for bathroom spaces. With Slidix, you can easily achieve a gentle closing action for sliding shower doors. It’s designed to offer reliable damping at any closing speed, eliminating jarring closures. These solutions not only look great but also function seamlessly, offering homeowners a spa-like experience in the comfort of their own bathroom.

In the quest to create a comfortable and modern home, components that help the moving parts of a home operate seamlessly are often overlooked, but crucial. From kitchens to bathrooms, our comprehensive range of components is designed to meet the needs of homeowners, retailers and manufacturers. They are designed to deliver not just functionality, but lasting performance.

If you’re looking for quality hardware in high volumes, please get in touch to see how we can help. We create hinges, connectors, furniture damping components and drawer systems which deliver consistent quality and simple mounting, in high volumes.

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Showcasing innovation at KBB Birmingham

KBB is Europe’s leading kitchen, bedroom and bathroom event. The exhibition runs from 3-6 March 2024 and sees the top European kitchen and bathroom brands all under one roof at the NEC Birmingham. The event only happens once every two years, so after a successful exhibition in 2022, we’re thrilled to be heading back this year.

You can find us on stand T90, where we’re looking forward to connecting with friends old and new, while demonstrating some of our latest innovative products. Tickets are free – you can get yours here.

KBB 2024: what to expect

KBB Birmingham is your gateway to sourcing the latest and most innovative products for your projects, all from Europe’s leading brands. You’ll discover tools and resources from a wide array of brands (over 250), have the opportunity to forge new partnerships and get introduced to all the latest products on the market. It’s attended by industry peers like designers, installers, property developers and buyers, so you’ll be in great company.

Visit us on stand T90

At Titus we live and breathe innovation when it comes to furniture components and connectors. We’re excited to be bringing a comprehensive range of our products to KBB 2024 – we’d love you to visit us for a demonstration or to find out more. Here’s a little more about the products you’ll find on the stand.

T-type

The T-type is our new generation soft-close concealed hinge. It’s tool-free with 3Way snap-on mounting for easy, versatile installation that’s reliable every time. Here are some of the additional variations we’ll be showcasing:

  • PressTo: with a toolless hinge cup fixing system for quick and easy hinge mounting.
  • Noir: in a stylish dark shade.
  • 170° integrated: fully open a door at a 170° angle.

Tekform Drawer Boxes

Tekform are the sleekest, most space-efficient, durable drawers on the market. They are slimline, double-walled, easy to mount and come with soft close as standard. In addition to the standard Tekform, you can also find out more about:

  • Tacto: Upgraded with a new Tacto touch opening system for handleless drawer fronts.

Connectors

All of our cabinet connectors are engineered to improve furniture quality and the manufacturing process. They make furniture assembly, whether at home or in the factory, fast and easy. We’ll be exhibiting:

  • System 6: A Quickfit Expando system designed specifically for insertion and assembly on site.
  • TL2: Part of the Quickfit family, these dowels make cabinet assembly quick and easy with just a simple push-in by hand needed.
  • TL5: With tool-free insertion, the Quickfit TL5 can reduce home furniture assembly by no less than 50% if factory pre-inserted.

Slidix

Slidix is a comprehensive range of damping solutions for sliding doors and drawers, including wardrobes, shower screens, refrigerators and interior sliding, barn and pocket doors. It offers reliable damping at any closing speed, and a fully programmable damping curve thanks to the Titus damper inside.

Push to open

Our push open latch solutions are often used to create a clean look within a home. They offer effortless opening on handleless doors with just a light touch. They’re easy to install, smooth and reliable, representing a new generation of push-opening systems thanks to the integrated damping.

Dampers

Our comprehensive range of damping solutions offer consistent damping in a wide range of conditions. The Titus Damper is fully programmable and has a controllable damping curve which enables users to fine-tune the performance to specific applications.

Join us and see our products in action at KBB Birmingham, 3-6 March 2024 at the NEC. You can find Titus on stand T90 where we’re looking forward to talking you through our range of products and how they can benefit you. Register for free today.

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Insights and innovations: 2023 recap

This past year has been a successful year for Titus UK, with new product launches, expansion of our production capabilities, and as always, an unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of the constantly-changing furniture industry. With over 40 years of expertise behind us, we’re proud to continue to lead the way in providing high-volume, precision-engineered components.

As we look back over 2023, we had the opportunity to speak to Phil Beddoe, Managing Director at Titus UK. In our chat, we were able to hear Phil’s unique perspective on the highlights and challenges of the year. We also found out more about the strategic vision that has propelled the company forward this year, as well as what’s on the horizon for Titus UK in 2024.  

How was 2023 for Titus overall? 

2023 was an exciting year for us at Titus. We participated in major industry trade shows like Interzum and SICAM where we launched several innovative new products – including the T-type PressTo and T-type 170 hinges, Push Latch S2 latches with integrated damping, handle-less versions of our Slimline Tacto drawers, Slidix soft closing solutions for sliding doors, PushPlus for pocket doors, RV Push Locks and a series of damping solutions for cold environments.

These new product launches represent significant investments from us into expanding production capabilities and factory facilities. We’ve continued to see good, stable demand from the industry amidst wider economic uncertainties. The home improvement sector continues to remain fairly strong.

Have there been any challenges to overcome this year and how have the team managed this?

Internally, it’s been a good year for us without significant challenges. We have robust operations and didn’t face the acute supply chain stresses of the prior years coming out of the pandemic. Externally, we are, of course, mindful of broader volatility globally. Raw material and energy costs have remained stubbornly high. Competition for talent across markets also persists. But as an agile player dedicated wholly to this industry, we feel equipped to respond swiftly to any shifts in the months ahead. Our focus remains fixed on serving our customers with consistency and quality.

Are there any notable team changes to tell us about?

There are no major internal team changes to report. We retained all our top talent and have added additional engineering capabilities – essential for our product innovation pipeline.

What are you looking forward to as a business in 2024? Are there any new products on the horizon that you can tell us about?

Like all years, in 2024, we look forward to unveiling new product innovations. We are continually perfecting and enhancing our fixture and component offerings – making installation easier and more efficient for furniture producers while improving end-user experiences. For example, we’re focused on fine-tuning integrated dampers for superior control, smoothness, and longevity over years of use. We also plan to participate again in leading industry trade events like kbb to showcase these new offerings.

How do the team at Titus UK stay informed about industry trends and incorporate this into the business strategy?

By exhibiting at top international furniture production shows and through extensive face-to-face customer meetings, we stay closely attuned to the needs and trends shaping this industry. We see firsthand the innovations our customers bring to market and the end-consumer’s response. This direct exposure informs our own product roadmap and business plans, ensuring we deliver components that help manufacturers improve efficiencies, quality, and premium experiences.

Are there any upcoming trends or shifts in market demands that you anticipate will shape your focus in the coming year?

We anticipate continued robust demand for high-end furniture fittings that provide superior dampening, smooth actuation, and longevity – from kitchen cabinet doors to sliding bedroom wardrobes. Our in-house engineering expertise in damper technology makes us uniquely equipped to lead innovation here. We also foresee growth in demand for flexible solutions adaptable to small-batch custom furniture production in addition to serving high-volume standardised manufacturing.

What were the highlights of 2023?

The clear highlights were our successful launch of various new product lines at flagship industry shows, the expansion of our production facilities, and the return to more in-person industry events, allowing critical direct customer engagement. We have been really pleased to see our customers successfully launch new ranges with our latest products. Our investments to expand capacity and capabilities provide the platform for the next wave of innovations is already in development for 2024 and beyond.

Thank you to our customers for a great 12 months. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or retailer looking for quality components in high volumes in 2024, get in touch on 01977 682582 or email uk@titusplus.com

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The modern living trends enhanced by Slidix

In interior design, precision-engineered components help homeowners, homebuilders and furniture manufacturers alike create spaces that not only look stunning but are also practical and long-lasting. At Titus, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this, helping refine home aesthetics with high-performance cabinet hardware.

We’ve talked about Slidix, our range of damping solutions for sliding door systems, previously on the blog in our thorough introduction to the range and how it can be used beyond traditional furniture applications. Today, we’re having a closer look at how this cutting-edge sliding door technology can seamlessly integrate into modern living spaces.

Here’s more about the current home design trends perfectly suited to Slidix.

Sliding door trends for modern homes

Biophilic design and indoor-outdoor spaces

Biophilic design is the art of incorporating natural elements into living spaces. Sliding glass doors are the perfect way to bring the outside in; they allow homeowners to bring an abundance of natural light into their homes while taking in unobstructed views of the outdoors. Using quality, soft-close technology further adds to the serene ambience, offering a quiet and controlled motion that really captures the essence of biophilic design. 

Open concept living

The trend towards open-concept living spaces continues to gain momentum. Sliding doors offer a dynamic solution that helps homeowners seamlessly divide or connect spaces, offering unique flexibility to adapt the environment to different needs. It means a living room can be changed from an open entertainment area to a cosy workspace in seconds, all with the effortless glide of a smooth sliding door.

Spa-like bathrooms

Incorporating sliding door technology into a shower screen adds an elegant and modern finish that’s in huge demand by homeowners. Manufacturers and homebuilders can produce high-end, calm bathrooms with the help of the right components, like Slidix. The resulting bathroom space can rival that of a high-end hotel or spa, ideal for those looking for a serene, luxurious retreat at home.

Minimal concealed storage

In an increasing pursuit of minimalist aesthetics, many homeowners are drawn to hidden storage solutions. Sliding doors that conceal storage compartments are a stylish way to incorporate the minimalist trend into a home. It results in a clean, uncluttered look that perfectly complements the modern shift towards simplicity and functionality.

Concealed home office nooks

Those who work from home will know that work desks can often be unsightly, particularly in homes lacking dedicated home office space. Using sliding doors to discreetly hide workstations or work storage areas when not in use helps to maintain a clean and uncluttered look. This solution is great for homeowners who value both form and function in their living spaces.

Wine cooler elegance

As the trend of home entertaining continues to flourish, discerning homeowners are increasingly interested in integrated wine coolers. The addition of soft-close sliding doors creates a functional yet stylish focal point for a wine refrigerator.  It’s a great way to showcase a wine collection with a touch of modern sophistication.

Floor-to-ceiling bedroom storage

Custom sliding wardrobe spaces can redefine bedroom storage with a sleek twist. With the ability to stretch from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, these tailored solutions optimise clothing and shoe storage while adding a contemporary aesthetic. A great choice for a clean, uncluttered design, they can be enhanced using soft-close damping technology like Slidix, which ensures a smooth and controlled motion.

Why Slidix is the ideal solution for modern homes  

At Titus, our components are meticulously crafted to meet the highest of standards. Slidix offers sliding door technology that lasts, seamlessly integrating into modern living spaces while maintaining long-lasting durability and quality. From open-concept living rooms to spa-like bathrooms and elegant hidden storage solutions, Slidix effortlessly adapts to a diverse range of aesthetic preferences.

Here’s why Slidix is a great choice:  

  • Precision engineered: Every Titus product meets and exceeds the highest quality standards.

  • Lasting durability: Slidix is designed for longevity, offering sliding door technology that stands the test of time.

  • Versatile applications: Slidix can be used in various applications beyond just furniture.

  • Programmable damping curve: Slidix features a hydraulic damper with a fully programmable damping curve for precise control and the flexibility to fine-tune performance.

  • Consistent performance: Slidix ensures reliable damping at any closing speed, eliminating rebounce on doors of various weights and materials.

  • Effortless opening: Slidix provides consistently smooth opening with minimal pull-open force for ease of use.

  • Customisation options: Slidix has several options for damper forces, spring forces and damper characteristics, for tailored solutions in various scenarios.

  • Wide temperature range: Slidix maintains consistent performance in both hot and cold environments, in temperatures ranging from -30°C to +70°C.

  • Comprehensive range: The Slidix range includes Slidix Centro for middle sliding door damping and centring, Slidix II for drawers and sliding doors, Slidix TA for heavy sliding doors, and more. This comprehensive range means customers can choose the system best suited to their particular application.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about sliding door trends and how Slidix can enhance modern homes. If you’d like to elevate your sliding doors with the help of Slidix soft-close damping solutions, contact our expert team for more information or to request a sample.  

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How to make a small kitchen feel bigger

While everyone may dream of a spacious kitchen, the reality often involves smaller, more challenging layouts. Kitchen designers and manufacturers have been quick to respond to this evolving market by recognising the need to transform small kitchens into welcoming and efficient spaces, with the help of some innovative solutions.

With a history in precision-engineered components and a commitment to innovation in the furniture industry, we’re here to share our expertise and guide you through the process of transforming a small kitchen into a space people enjoy spending time in – regardless of its size.

Read on for more about the challenges of a small kitchen, as well as some handy tips and tricks on how to make a small kitchen feel bigger.

The small kitchen challenge

Small kitchens present a unique set of challenges. From limited counter space and storage constraints to concerns around noise and slamming, it’s easy for a small kitchen to feel crowded and overwhelming.

It’s not an uncommon struggle either; surveys have found that many of today’s kitchens in the UK are too small and lack food preparation and storage space – particularly as we continue to move towards the concept of multipurpose spaces in our homes.
In a small kitchen, every inch matters, but with a little smart thinking and the right tools, these common challenges can be overcome.

How to make a small kitchen feel bigger

In the quest to turn a compact kitchen into an inviting, spacious-feeling part of the home, let’s take a look at some practical design and functionality principles that can enhance the space.  

  1. Light colours
    Colour plays an important role in creating an illusion of more space. Light-coloured paint, cabinets and countertops all reflect more light, bouncing it around the room and making the space feel brighter and more open. If you’re wondering what colours make a small kitchen look bigger, we’d suggest neutral shades like whites, creams and light greys, as well as soft pastel colours like pale blues, greens or lavenders, all of which can help create a sense of spaciousness.

  2. Clever storage
    In a modest kitchen, embracing efficient storage solutions is key to getting the most out of your space. Optimising your vertical storage is a great way to maximise your space – consider using the full height of the available wall space with high cabinets and shelves.
    Slimline drawers are another space-efficient way to store your kitchen items.

  3. Strategic lighting
    Proper lighting is a great way to make a small kitchen feel bigger. Well-placed lights and under-cabinet cabinet lighting can brighten up even the darkest of kitchens, creating an inviting atmosphere and eliminating shadows that make the space feel smaller.

  4. Create space with mirrors
    Strategically using mirrors in a kitchen space amplifies the effects of light, creating the illusion of more space. Using mirrored accents on cabinet doors or backsplashes can help visually expand the room. A large mirror as a decorative focal point is also a perfect way to create a sense of airiness and openness in a small space.


  5. Sliding doors
    Sliding doors like pocket doors are an ideal practical choice for tight spaces. Unlike a traditional swing door, a sliding door doesn’t need any clearance space to open into a room, instead moving horizontally along a track. This means they won’t take up room in the kitchen so no valuable square footage is wasted.


  6. Soft-close finishes
    in the pursuit of making a small kitchen feel bigger, it’s not purely design elements like lighting and colour that should be considered. Functionality also plays a role, and that’s where
    soft-close components can help. Soft-close components like drawer runners and cabinet hinges operate quietly and smoothly, eliminating loud slamming and creating a serene environment that feels instantly more open and welcoming.
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Innovative solutions from Titus  

At Titus, we create hinges, connectors, furniture-damping components and drawer systems that deliver consistent quality and simple mounting. Our solutions are used in millions of products worldwide, with some of the most renowned furniture manufacturers relying on Titus to give them a competitive edge.

Creating spaciousness in a kitchen is all about getting the right blend of style and practicality. Our range is perfectly suited to making the most of a small kitchen, helping to address the common challenges that small kitchen spaces present. Here’s why.

  • T-type Soft Close Hinge: Made to enhance functionality and user experience, the T-type is a great choice for a small kitchen project. It ensures cabinet doors close smoothly and evenly, preventing misalignment issues. It’s also designed to be discreet and unobstructive, providing a sleek and clean look to a kitchen.

  • Quickfit TL5 Dowel: Quickfit TL5 dowel connectors simplify furniture assembly in tight spaces, allowing for quick and easy cabinet construction. They save time and effort during the installation phase, perfect for kitchens where space is limited. The TL5 is strong and durable, lending itself perfectly to heavy, daily use in a kitchen.

  • Tekform Slimline Drawers: The sleek and efficient design of the Tekform Slimline Drawers makes them a perfect option for making a small kitchen feel bigger. With their easy installation and soft-close functionality, they’re a perfect fit for small kitchens.

  • Soft-close mechanisms: Our expansive range of soft-close products includes Slidix for sliding doors, Glissando Hinge Dampeners and Titusoft Drawer Runners. Using soft-close mechanisms in a small kitchen can help make it quieter, calmer and more functional.

 

Thoughtful design and the right components can go a long way towards making a small kitchen feel bigger, calmer and more functional. Incorporating Titus components into a kitchen design helps address the challenges that come with a small kitchen and creates a more spacious and inviting environment to cook, eat and socialise.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about how to make a small kitchen feel bigger. If you’re a furniture manufacturer or fitter looking for quality hardware in high volumes, please get in touch to see how we can help.

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Slidix: Beyond furniture

At Titus, we take pride in simplifying the assembly process with our precision-engineered components, and we’re recognised by furniture groups and manufacturers alike for our commitment to innovation and quality.

We recently introduced Slidix, our new range of damping solutions that can be used in a wide range of sliding doors and drawers. The great thing about Slidix is it goes beyond just traditional furniture applications; it’s a comprehensive range that extends its benefits to sliding shower doors, internal pocket doors, and more. Here’s more about Slidix and how it redefines soft-close beyond just furniture.

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Redefining soft-close technology 

Soft-close technology is synonymous with luxury, and we’re now seeing it used across many applications in our daily lives. Beyond simply furniture drawers and cupboards, Slidix is designed to cater to various industries, taking the concept of soft-close to the next level.

Here’s a brief overview of Slidix: 

  • Consistent performance: Reliable damping at any closing speed.
  • No rebounce: Works on applications of various sizes and materials.
  • Comfortable opening: Low pull-open force and minimal effort required.
  • Fully programmable: Users can customise the damping curve for specific needs.
  • Customisation options: Fine-tune with options of damper forces, spring forces and damper characteristics.
  • Wide temperature range: Consistent performance in hot and cold environments ranging from -30°C to +70°C. 
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Soft-close for multiple applications 

Slidix for shower screens

Slidix is engineered to improve the way we interact with doors in our homes, and that extends to shower screens. We all understand the importance of tranquillity in a bathroom environment. Slidix eliminates jarring shower screen closures and instead offers gentle, silent operation, thanks to its Titus damper.

Slidix’s temperature tolerance makes it ideal for bathroom environments, too. Whether it’s used on a cold morning or after a steaming hot shower, Slidix maintains consistent performance in the bathroom’s ever-changing temperature conditions.

Slidix for interior pocket doors

Interior pocket doors are sliding door systems that seamlessly divide spaces by disappearing into a compartment in the adjacent wall when fully open. With the addition of Slidix, this transition becomes smoother and more sophisticated than ever before.

Slidix enhances the ambience of living spaces by offering a smooth and controlled motion to interior pocket doors. Even on heavy doors, Slidix guarantees reliable damping with a low pull-open force, meaning minimal user effort. Abrupt, noisy closures are eliminated and replaced by the elegant effect of Titus soft-close technology, transforming living areas into refined and stylish spaces.

Slidix for home appliances including refrigerators

White goods are indispensable in our daily lives, so why not ensure they’re operating at their best and most convenient with the help of Slidix? Slidix elevates the performance of home appliances and white goods including refrigerators, wine coolers and under-counter refrigerator doors.

Designed to be long-lasting, we are confident that Slidix will last the lifespan of your white goods, eliminating the need for frequent replacements. This durability not only saves you time and effort but also reduces the environmental impact of replacement components.

Slidix’s effectiveness in a wide range of temperatures lends it perfectly to use in refrigerators. Slidix maintains consistent performance and ensures that your refrigerator operates flawlessly in cold temperatures. 

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The future of soft-close  

Slidix by Titus is not just a game-changer for furniture, it’s a solution that redefines soft-close technology across multiple different applications. Whether you’re creating a tranquil atmosphere in a bathroom or looking for a quality finish on your white goods, Slidix delivers – all with consistent performance, customisable options and remarkable durability.

 

If you’d like to elevate your sliding doors with the help of Slidix soft-close damping solutions, contact our expert team for more information or to request a sample.  

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How precision engineered components increase safety

At Titus, we design all our components for easy assembly and lifetime performance. Our focus is always on simplifying the furniture assembly process and ensuring long-lasting functionality. A great added benefit of precision-engineered furniture components is increased safety; by designing components well and always keeping the end user in mind, we help increase safety during installation and operation.

There are many reasons that using components designed with safety in mind is important, including:

  • Preventing accidents. Components should actively prevent accidents or injuries. This includes soft-close mechanisms, dampers to control movement, and designs that enhance stability.

  • Longevity and durability. Safety isn’t just about preventing accidents, it’s also about ensuring the longevity of a product. Products designed with safety in mind are made from high-quality materials and undergo rigorous testing to ensure they stand the test of time.

  • Mitigating risk. Components designed with safety in mind will prevent misalignments and reduce human error, reducing the risk of accidents or failures down the line.

  • Brand reputation. Safety concerns can damage a brand’s reputation. By using components designed for safety, manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to customer safety and product quality.

  • Cost savings. Using components engineered for safety saves money in the long run by reducing the likelihood of repairs or replacements needed.

Precision engineering and safety  

We know that safety is uncompromisable when it comes to cabinet and furniture hardware. We serve some of the biggest kitchen, bathroom and furniture manufacturers in the world, so we know we need to provide quality. That’s why we’re constantly working towards producing the very best components in the industry, designed for quality and safety.


Here’s how precision-engineered components from Titus help increase safety.

Streamlined assembly process
Our components are designed for quick and easy assembly. By featuring intuitive designs that are easy to put together, we help reduce the chance of assembly errors and minimise the need for complex tools – creating a smoother and safer assembly process.


Reduced human error
Our components are straightforward to install, making them less prone to misalignment or incorrect installation. This reduces the risk of incorrectly assembled furniture, which could have compromised stability and lead to accidents during use.


Enhanced stability
Our components fit precisely and securely together during assembly, resulting in furniture with much better stability. The result is less chance of wobbling or tipping during use, which could then result in falls or injuries.


Rigorous testing
As our components are all designed for lifetime performance, they are rigorously tested to ensure that they can handle certain weights, loads and stresses. This testing ensures the furniture remains structurally sound and safe even when bearing weight or under stress.


Durable materials
Our components are made from high-quality, durable materials that can withstand heavy use. That means that they will maintain structural integrity over time, reducing the risk of any unexpected failures or breakages.


Preventing accidents
Our furniture dampers help improve safety through smooth motion control. Components with soft-close mechanisms improve safety by preventing doors or drawers from slamming shut. This hugely reduces the risk of trapped fingers and other injuries – particularly in homes with young children.


Consistency
Because our components are made with precision and durability in mind, they’re designed to offer consistent performance and meet strict standards and regulations. This provides peace of mind to end users and manufacturers alike that the resulting furniture adheres to safety requirements.

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Increasing safety with our integrated offering

Our totally integrated offering combines customer-led research and development with lean processes and state-of-the-art manufacturing operations. By managing each stage of the process strategically and keeping the customer front of mind all the way through, we can ensure that furniture built with our components is not only functional but also reliable, safe and secure.


From product design, where each component is meticulously engineered to adhere to strict safety standards, to our cutting-edge manufacturing technologies, we never compromise on quality or safety.


Find out more: How our integrated offering puts the customer first

For us, safety isn’t just a feature, it’s a commitment. We hope this taught you more about precision engineering and safety, and how Titus components offer unmatched quality and safety. If you’re looking for quality hardware in high volumes, get in touch to see how we can help.

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Introducing Slidix: the cutting-edge soft-close range

We’re all about cutting-edge solutions designed with convenience and functionality in mind. We make assembly simple with performance-engineered components that offer consistent quality and are available in high volumes.

Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest addition to our range, Slidix. Slidix is a comprehensive range of soft close sliding door damper mechanisms for sliding door systems. Going beyond only furniture applications, Slidix is designed to work in a wide range of sliding doors and drawers, from wardrobes and barn doors to sliding shower doors and white goods like refrigerators.

At the core of the Slidix range is the Titus hydraulic damper. This revolutionary soft close sliding door damper mechanism offers a fully programmable/controllable damping curve, allowing users precise control over the damping action. This makes it easy to fine-tune performance to suit a specific application. But that’s not all. Here’s a little more about the Slidix family and its many benefits.

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Slidix soft close sliding door damper mechanisms 

Manufacturers are constantly striving to achieve the perfect blend of functionality, user experience and aesthetics. One form of technology that marries these concepts is soft-close, which we’ve discussed previously in our articles ‘Damping solutions for quiet homes’ and ‘Quality components for calm bathrooms’.

Soft-close technology has set a new standard for the way that we interact with furniture, doors and white goods in our homes, going beyond practicality to also add a luxurious finish. With Slidix, we’ve introduced a new way to achieve sophistication in the home, all underpinned by consistent performance, reliable damping and remarkable flexibility. The range’s soft close sliding door damper mechanism effectively eliminates noisy and abrupt door and drawer slams, instead offering a smooth and controlled motion.

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The benefits of Slidix soft close

Wide range of applications
Slidix can be used on a wide range of applications, not just furniture. This includes:

  • Furniture applications – including wardrobes and wall partitions with 3-doors, walk-in closets, wardrobes, drawers, two-way runners in drawer cabinets and pull-out systems
  • Interior sliding doors – including pocket doors, barn doors and wall partitions
  • Bathrooms – including shower screens
  • Home appliances and white goods – including refrigerators, wine coolers and under-counter refrigerator coolers

Consistent performance
Slidix ensures reliable damping at any closing speed, eliminating rebounce on doors of various weights and materials. Slidix offers reliable closing of doors from 15 to 120kg at any closing speed, and the door will close even at minimum speed.

Comfortable opening
Slidix offers effortless and smooth opening every time, with a low pull-open force and minimal effort required from the user.

Fully programmable damping curve
Thanks to the Titus damper inside, users can customise the damping curve to suit specific needs.

Range of customisation options
Slidix is easy to fine-tune to a specific application with several options of damper forces, spring forces and damper characteristics.

Flexibility
The activator can be located in different positions within the application, enhancing versatility for the user.

Wide temperature range
Slidix maintains consistent performance in both hot and cold environments, operating flawlessly in temperatures ranging from -30°C to +70°C.  

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The Slidix range 

At Titus, we have developed a range of options for Slidix, ensuring customers can choose the system best suited to their particular application.

The range includes:

  • Slidix Centro: For middle sliding door damping and centring
  • Slidix II: For drawers and sliding doors
  • Slidix TA: For heavy sliding doors
  • Slidix TB/TC: For wardrobes with sliding doors (100mm/50mm stroke length)
  • Slidix TE: For sliding and shower doors
  • Slidix TF: For interior sliding door systems

Incorporating Slidix into your sliding door systems is the perfect way to introduce luxurious soft-close technology, while also benefitting from a component that’s designed to be functional, long-lasting and convenient.

With a range designed to go beyond just furniture and offer the perfect fit for a range of different applications, we’re confident the Slidix range can cater to the diverse needs of the market.

If you’d like to elevate your sliding doors with the help of Slidix soft-close damping solutions, reach out to our expert team for more information or to request a sample.