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Best Drawer and Cabinet Locks
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Drawer and Cabinet Locks

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Best Drawer and Cabinet Locks

How to Baby Proof Drawers

Looking to keep your little one out of all the places they shouldn’t be (but will inevitably try to get to?). There are a variety of safety locks available to keep drawers and cabinets locked tight. The main types are:

  • Magnetic locks: These safety latches are installed inside cabinets and drawers and use powerful magnets to keep them shut until a “key” unlocks them.
  • Adhesive strap locks: Using heavy-duty but removable adhesive, these locks can be used on a number of items from cabinets and drawers to appliances.
  • Spring-action locks: These traditional childproofing latches are installed inside of cabinets and released by holding the cabinet slightly ajar and pressing down on the latch simultaneously.
  • Slide locks: Designed for double-door cabinets, slide locks fit around adjacent knobs, tying them together until released by pushing two surfaces.

Kids are a curious set, and that can lead them to wondrous discoveries, as well as some not so safe ones too—because crawling, cruising and walking tots get into everything.

Constant supervision is essential, but little ones can be pretty speedy. In the time it takes to answer the phone or heat up a cup of coffee, your sweet pea could be elbows deep in the trash or pulling open your knife drawer.

That’s why locking down your drawers and cabinets is a good idea. Prioritize the places you keep dangerous things like household cleaners, silverware and knives, insect repellents and pesticides, toiletries like mouthwash and nail polish remover, and medicine.

Here are the best drawer and cabinet locks to keep your home safe once your little one is on the move.

Best Multi -asking Safety Locks

Besides securing cabinets and drawers, these latches can also be used to hold down toilet seats, and seal off the doors of microwaves, refrigerators and other appliances. Each end of the strap stays in place with strong but removable adhesive and requires pushing down on both sides simultaneously to release one end. The flexible strap lets you latch around any corner.

Best Looking Safety Lock

You know why these magnetic locks are so good looking? Because you can’t see them. They’re installed on the inside of cabinets with adhesive tape (unless your cabinets are particle board—then you need the included screws). A magnetic “key” that you keep tucked high and away from little hands is all you need to release the magnets on off-limits cabinets.

Best Easy-to-Install Cabinet Locks

Forget screwdrivers and measurements—the installation of these magnetic locks doesn’t require any tools. In fact, it takes less than three minutes to place each one inside drawers and cabinets using the included adhesive pads. Once set up, the magnets on the Jambini locks can be turned off—for when tots aren’t around—with the flick of a switch.

Best Sliding Cabinet Lock

This safety lock is designed to keep double-door cabinets shut without doing any drilling. It wraps around knobs and handles up to 4.75 inches apart to hold them together, making them unopenable. A decoy button on the front distracts toddlers from finding the real way to release it: pinching both sides of the flexible surface.

Best Sturdy Cabinet Lock

A simple but effective childproofing method, these u-shaped latches hold two knobs or handles together to keep double doors from opening up. They can accommodate a variety of knob and handle shapes spaced up to 4.5 inches apart on double-door cabinets and side-by-side refrigerators. To unlock, it’s easy for you to squeeze two inner buttons toward each other, but hard for your little one to figure it out. And, no amount of tugging breaks these.

Best Cabinet Locks Value Pack

If you’ve decided that magnetic safety locks are the way to go, this set is a fantastic deal. It comes with enough supplies to lock down 12 drawers or cabinets and features extra thick (read: more powerful) magnets, an additional set of adhesive strips and two “keys” to release the magnetic closures.

Best Simple Cabinet Latches

An easy no-fuss option, these latches adhere to the inside of your cabinets, so they’re out of sight, and open by simply pressing your finger down on the latch to open the cabinet or drawer—no magnets or keys needed! They’re also a universal option meaning they can fit in pretty much any drawer or cabinet you need to keep baby out of.

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