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I have a window seat with shallow storage underneath (100mm deep storage, 560mm deep lid of 18mm birch ply). I've not had any luck finding soft close lid stays. The piston ones I've tried are soft close until 45 degrees and then they slam shut because I can't put the piston deep enough to get a relatively decent angle. The hinged stays (hafele duo flap) require about 180mm of clearance so I can't use those.

Due to the weight of the lid (5-6kg), I can't rely on soft close hinges. Poorly sketched diagram below:

Anything else I can try to keep small fingers safe?!

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  • This is likely to be off-topic, but a diagram of what you're trying to achieve might help. – Daniel Griscom May 18 at 21:51
  • Added an image link – beirtipol May 19 at 9:23
  • perhaps you need to use gas springs that are attached to the lid at one end and to a sliding block at the other end .... the sliding block hits the back of the box before the lid is fully closed and the springs cushion the lid closing – jsotola May 19 at 21:46
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I'd suggest looking for soft close cabinet hinges. Unless I misunderstand your situation, what you have is equivalent to a cabinet on its back. These are commonly available at most home improvement stores. There are also retrofit kits that are basically a tiny piston that'll slow down the very last bit of closing, which is the important bit.

  • It's basically that, but the lid is very heavy so soft close hinges can't support the weight as it closes – beirtipol May 19 at 9:23

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