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We have never actually bothered with cupboard locks in my house as the children simply don't go in the kitchen by themselves however as I am currently registering to be a childminder I have to have all safety things in place and so cupboard locks are a must, we tried 2 different types from Clippasafe due to having single cupboards and double cupboards.
I bought the locks from Amazon and they cost £1.79 for a pack of 6 which I felt was a decent price as it works out at just less than 30p each, the locks were delivered within about 3 days so it didn't take too long before I was asking my husband to fit them!!
The locks came packaged in a plastic fronted packet which was attached to a piece of cardboard on the back, you of course are given the name of the company and the product and the information that there are 6 items inside.
The locks are petty easy to fit, they come in 2 pieces one is a small rectangle of white plastic with 2 holes in it for the screws an then a long piece of white plastic based onto the same type of little white plastic and have a little hook type of thing on the other end. You simply have to attach the hooked piece of plastic to the opening part of either the drawer or the cupboard and the smaller piece on the base of the cupboard or drawer.
Like i said I got my Husband to fir these however they were easy to do and I think I would have been fine fitting them myself, he attached the small piece first and then held the long piece in place and shut the drawer or cupboard to make sure the hook would catch properly and then once in place to make it eqasier he held it with a piece of masking tape whilst he screwed it into position.
The locks are brilliant and my youngest who is two and a half has no idea how to get into them, my eldest daughter who is five can sometimes manage to open them but not every time she tries. To open the locks you simply open the cupboard or the drawer as far as the lock will let you and then you simply tuck your hand inside and push to release the hook.
I would recommend these locks they are a great price and they are very easy to fit it literally took about 2 minutes on each lock to fit them and best of all I would say they are children safe probably to about the age of 4.
These can be a cheap and effective way to child proof the cupboards and draws in your home to make them difficult to open for ypung children however they do have their limiotations. For us we have found that one of the important things to remember is that they are there, my other half has broken a couple when he used too much force on a draw and the clip bent and was no longer effective, this has proven to be a very short term problem as it only happened twice but it also suggests that these clips will have a limited shelf life as your child develops strength.
Buying these I mainly wanted to secure a couple of cupboards that contain cleaning products and the draws that have matches or cutlery in them, also up in the bathroom there was a cupboard that needed securing. They are cheap to buy, a pack of six cost me £1.99 on Amazon. They are simple to attach to the cupboard, the hook part is screwed into the door and the lock goes into the frame, they are eaxy to screw in although the screws that are included are quite cheap so you have to be careful not to damage the screw head. When in place the cupbaord door will open a little bit but no further when the lock clicks in, to open you just press the hook in to release it from the lock and the door opens easily.
These are certainly an effective way of stopping young children from getting into cupboards however as I said before they do have their limitations and are only going to be effective until the point where your child is able to suss out how to get past them, by then hopefully they will be old enough to really understand the dangers of cleaning products, medical stuff is not such a problem for me as that is stored high up out of reach of even me without a chair to stand on.
There is an inconvenience factor with these wen you forget so there is an adjustment time to get used to them being there but they are easy to attach and offer a cheap solution to a potential problem.
When my toddler found our cupboards and started emptying them everyday I thought it was time to get some cupboard locks. I found these in a supermarket for around £2 and there were six in there. Enough for the cupboards in my kitchen.
My partner put them on and they seemed easy enough a couple of screws and your done. He had fitted all six within 15 minutes which I thought was good going!
They work as when you open the door the lock catches and it only lets you open the door by two inches or so. You then have to stick a finger in to press the catch down and your door will open.
For the first few days they work well, although they were annoying for me every time I opened a door forgetting they were there. However my son soon learnt if he pulled hard enough the lock either broke or bent out of shape so that the door would open! Not the strongest locks in the world!
This has meant that out of six we only have two functional locks left working! So all in all it was a waste of money lucky enough it was only £2!
As I have stated in past reviews, my mum is super safety conscious which I think is a result of her being a Nursery Nurse and then a Childminder for many many years so she has seen pretty much every accident in the home you can have!! My mum uses the cupboard under the sink for the usual cleaning products, but also keeps her medicine box in there and as my dad has a few medical problems (asbestosis being the main one) there is quite a large range of products in there that we obviously don't want my daughter getting anywhere near!
Due to this I decided to pick up some cupboard locks as I was really worried about her getting her hands on some pills or medicines and it was like the forbidden fruit to her after being told so many times that she wasn't to go near it - she did it all the more!!
I found a pack of the Clippasafe cupboard locks on Ebay for just 50 pence which was just a fantastic price so I snapped them up straight away, and the next day they arrived ready for me to put on the cupboard doors. The locks are simply small plastic catches which fit inside the cupboard door and this prevents the child being able to open the door. You need to screw the lock onto the door frame and the hook part is screwed onto the door itself. When the child tries to open the door, the hook catches onto the catch making it impossible for them to fully open the door. Of course it is easy for an adult to open the door as you simply push the hook in so it misses the catch!
I would say it took a matter of minutes to fit the locks onto the doors which is great as I am usually useless at anything that involves something needing to be screwed on! I am happy to say the locks have never failed and my daughter has never sussed out how to open the door which means she has never gotten hold of pills, medicine, bleaches and other such kitchen cleaning products.
I am not sure how long the locks will stay on the doors, maybe until a new kitchen is fitted as they aren't in the way and also aren't causing any hassle and while my daughter is still young (and even when she gets older) I feel much happier knowing that she can't get into the cupboard.
The usual price for a pack of clippasafe cupboard locks is around £1.99 and you will find six in a pack.
This is such a cheap, simple idea that really works and saves a lot of worry for us parents and I would personally recommend that all parents pick up a pack of these!
Five out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
When my son was about 1 I bought these cupboard locks for the kitchen cupboards in the same fit of panic for his safety in which I bought the useless corner cushions (see review), they were £1.99 for 6 from Amazon.
I had previously taken every item out of every cupboard, covering literally every surface in my kitchen so I could barely walk across the room, cried a bit at how overwhelming it all was then cleaned the cupboards and put everything back in such a way that the really dangerous items (glasses, knifes and cleaning products) were in the top cupboards. As there were still some heavy items in the bottom cupboards, and I didn't want to be having to put back everything he'd emptied I got these locks.
My partner fixed them to the cupboards which was a very quick and easy job but that pretty much exhausts my praise for them. The catches stop the doors opening more than a few inches (just about enough for a toddler to stick their arm through), then you have to press the bar down to release the catch and open the door. This is easy enough as long as your cupboard isn't next to an oven which sticks out slightly further than the worktop and makes it almost impossible for me to get my fat fingers to the catch, but maybe that's just a design flaw with my kitchen and fingers.
Occasionally I forgot that the catches were there and opened the doors quite forcefully, this resulted (a couple of months after the locks were put on) in one of them being ripped out the door and another getting so bent that unless you open the door very gently it doesn't catch. I haven't bothered replacing them, my son had got to judge a bit more carefully when going for the heavier items and as I said all the really dangerous stuff had been moved so the catches quickly lost their value.
The locks did work for a while and I suppose they did the job I wanted them for so on that basis I would half heartedly recommend them. I think its important to move cleaning products etc out of reach even if you are going to be using the locks, especially as they probably allow enough space for a toddler to reach in and retrieve a bottle if its close enough to the opening side. They do give some peace of mind and are convenient to stop your toddler emptying your cupboards but as long as you've taken sensible precautions I don't think they are completely necessary so I wouldn't feel that you have to have them, just consider if it suits you.
When our son reached the toddling stage, we realised the importance of making everything as safe as possible. As we hadn't heard of Dooyoo at the time, many of the products we bought were bought with little prior knowledge or experience, and certainly on a "trial and error" basis. Some things that we bought, such as corner cushions and socket covers, were not particularly useful to us, but one product that I can highly recommend is the 6 pack of Clippasafe cupboard locks, which is a bargain at £1.99 for 6 locks.
The locks are plastic catches, which fit just inside cupboard doors, making it very difficult for a child to open the cupboard. The catch is screwed to the door frame, and the hook is attatched by screws to the door itself. When the door is opened, the hook and catch link together, making it impossible to open the door any further unless you unhook it, which of course is simple enough for an adult to do, but not easy for a child to work out.
The catches were easy to attatch to our cupboard doors, and we fixed them to all our kitchen cupboards on ground level. The last thing I wanted was my son opening doors to cupboards containing harmful chemicals like bleach, or messing with glassware or crockery that could be easily broken.
The locks never failed me, not once, and saw us safely through three children at toddling stage. I always found it funny when we went on holiday and had people looking after the house, and I would forget to tell them how the catches worked, so I would definitely classify these as adult proof too, if they don't know how they work!
The kids are now older, and we have since had a new kitchen, so the old units, with their catches still remain. I still have catches on my dresser in the living room, which contains precious photographs, which I don't want the kids messing with unsupervised. Luckily, my 5 year old son still hasn't quite worked out how to open the cupboard!
This is a really simple, inexpensive invention, but one that will surely save lives and improve child safety. It would be really good if all new parents were issued with a pack of these with their Bounty bag or new parent pack when their child is born, as they really are a useful tool. Another bonus is that the locks can also stop pets opening cupboards, as most cats are quite adept at opening doors with their paws!
The locks can also be used on drawers as well as cupboards.
I bought these cupboard locks when my daughter was one. She had just started to walk and even though we had a stair gate on the kitchen, I thought I would get these as an extra safety measure.
They come in a pack of 6 and contain the locks themselves, the latches for the locks to latch onto and the screws to attach them to the door or draw. I'm not much a DIY person, but I found them easy to attach; I would think it could depend on what type of surface you are trying to apply them to though.
They are easy to use, you attach the lock to the door and then you attach the latch on to the inside of the cupboard. When you close the cupboard door they automatically lock into place. They are also easy to open, you just have to push the lock down and then it will open. However they are not that easy for little adventurers to open. My daughter tried several times to open the cupboards but each time she was unsuccessful.
I did find these very useful; however I did have one big problem with them. It was very easy to forget that they were attached so when opening the cupboard, I would open it with the normal force instead of carefully and then unlocking the lock. I did this several times and every time I did, the lock just fell of, or broke. We eventually broke everyone in the house so I went out to buy some more, I tried buying a different brand, but the same happened again. Eventually I gave up and decided not to fix any more to the cupboards.
I did find them very handy and they are good to have, but they are just so annoying, and very easily breakable. I would definitely recommend them however, if you are like me and easily forget things like this, you could end up slightly annoyed and find yourself buying more than 1 pack. But at around £2.50 a pack they are not expensive, and definitely worth buying even if they don't last that long.
They are suitable for most kitchen cupboards and draws, but I would double check they fit yours before purchasing to avoid disappointment!
A few years ago when my children were a little younger I bought some of the Clippasafe cupboard locks in order to stop them from opening cupboards and draws which could contain potentially dangerous things for them e.g. the cupboard under the sink with toxic cleaning equipment.
Each pack of Clippasafe cupboard locks contains six locks, 6 latches and plenty of screw with which you fix them to your cupboard doors.
The locks themselves are made of a pale creamy white plastic, which is both hardwearing and flexible - I had my locks fitted for a few years before I no longer needed them and they lasted that whole time with no signs of wear and tear.
To fix them to your cupboard doors, you have to be patient and prepared for some fiddly work. Despite what the packaging says, fitting them isn't quick or easy and involves lining up a lock on the inside of the door and a latch on the inside of the cupboard, which lock together once the door is shut. You have to screw the latch and lock onto your cupboards will leaves marks on their insides. If only they had stick on versions of these where you didn't have to make permanent holes into your cupboards. When I took my locks off, all the holes were still there, and although on the inside of the cupboard, it's still a down side that the cupboards are damaged by the locks.
For £2.50 per pack of locks (I think I had 10 or 12 in my bag) I think they were well worth the price. When my kids went to open cupboard doors, they were unable to get them open any more than a crack, no matter how hard they yanked, so they did their job very well and I can recommend them if you're not too precious about damaging your cupboard insides!
I bought these cupboard locks about six months ago when I started looking after my Nephew a few days a week. I never needed such apparatus with my two children but my nephew is constantly opening my kitchen cupboards and so I needed something to stop him in his tracks. These seemed like a perfect solution.
In each pack you get six locks and latches, you also get the screws to fix them to your cupboards or drawers.
They are made of a strong yet flexible plastic, they seem very durable mine have shown no signs of wear and tear after six months of constant use.
Fixing them - They locks need to be permanently fitted to the cupboards using screws, they will leave holes in your doors, they will be on the inside so are not noticeable.
The concept of fitting them is simple, you fix a lock on the inside of the cupboard door and a latch on to the side of the cupboard, so that when the door closes the lock gets caught by the latch.
On the pack it says they are 'quick and easy to fit', but I found them fiddly and awkward to fit, in fact I found it impossible to fix to the drawers as I didn't have enough of a gap to fuse the screwdriver.
It is tricky to line up the latch and the lock and on one cupboard it took me nearly three attempts. I am pretty sure it wasn't just me being a DIY doughnut.
After about an hour I had successfully fitted four locks to my kitchen cupboards - phew !!!
Do they work - the answer to this is yes!! To open the lock you need to push the lock which releases it from the latch. At first it was really annoying as I would try to open the cupboards forgetting they were locked. But within a few weeks it became second nature to unlock them first.
My nephew tries to open them but he can't, he gets really frustrated and starts yanking at the doors but the locks are just to strong for him.
I think these are a brilliant idea at keeping little inquisitive hands away from things they shouldn't be touching, especially potentially dangerous things.
I bought mine from B&Q, and they cost £2.49 a pack which I think is an excellent price. They are available from many other retailers like Robert dyers, Homebase and Wilkinson so it may be worth shopping around to get an even better bargain.
Three stars due to the fiddly fixing.
These clippasafe cupboard locks are great! i got some in a baby proofing kit from tescos when my son first started crawling and exploring everything and anything in sight.
You get a set of little hooks and a set of latches. They need to be screwed into each cupboard and the opposite side is screwed into the inside of the drawer or cupboard door. It can be quite fiddly to screw into some places depending on the place of the cupboard but we managed it alright.
You can either install them so that when you open a drawer you have to press down on the latch to open it or if you like then it works sideways too.
My other half decided to install them any which way he could so its taken me a while to know which way i need to expect to push each time i open something.
My son is now walking and they have been installed for about 6 months. He still hasn't figured them out and in fact if he sees a drawer slightly open he pushes it carefully closed. lol
These are brilliant!
Priced at around £5 for a pack of 6 and bought from Boots these where the best £5 ever spent!
I spent months not only terrified that my little girl would get something she shouldnt but also constantly re-filling the cupboards she had emptied! Then I found these lovely things! They are very easy to install we had all four put in within 10mins! Very effective, My daugher is now 18months old and still hasnt figure dout what is holding the cupboards shut!! And they are easy for bigger hands to manouver.
The only down side is if you forget they are there and go to pull the cupboards open at full force, can be a bit of a shock at first!! But all in all they are a total life saver in more ways than one! I would say easily the best thing we have bought safety wise for our daughter and they have cut down the mess amazingly too..she can no longer empty the contents of the cupboards everywhere!
Easily attached to cupboards and drawers to prevent access by small children.