A self-close mechanism is a type of hardware that is used to prevent cabinet doors or drawers from slamming shut. It can be a hinge or a drawer slide. The mechanism slows down the closing speed of the door or drawer to avoid any impact. It also protects fingers from being caught or pinched. The self-close hinge appears and operates like a regular hinge, but contains a spring that controls its movement. In a drawer, the mechanism reacts to the pressure applied to the drawer front and stops approximately an inch away from the frame before slowly sliding closed. Self-close mechanisms are available in various sizes and finishes, such as copper, brass, iron, and silver. This allows for matching hardware to be used throughout a room.