We purchased these latches to hold our upper kitchen cabinets closed in case of an earthquake. A big one is due in the Northwest anytime within the next 100 years. One thing you don't want is the dishes and glassware flying all over the place. Our hope was that these would hold the cabinets closed but be minimal inconvenience. Our wish was granted! It only took a brief time to get used to the idea that you push on the door to open rather than pull, and then it is no inconvenience at all.