Tips On Choosing The Right Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

When building a custom home, or renovating an existing home, it’s easy for us to get distracted by the smaller items like flooring or countertops. A project is not complete until the hardware you choose for your kitchen cabinets has been chosen in a way that balances form and function. This last decorative touch will bring the project together and give it a personality.

1. Types Of Decorative Hardware

The hardware you choose should match the design of your kitchen, but also be easy to use. Personal preference is important when choosing a knob or pull. You can get samples of the knobs and pulls that you are interested in buying. To test their fit, place them on top of a cabinet drawer. Do they fit your needs?

To create visual interest in your kitchen, you can use pulls and knobs. You can use pulls on drawers and knobs for the doors. Make sure to choose the right pull style and the matching knob style for your kitchen. You can also use the same type of hardware in your kitchen to create a clean look from

2. Size And Positioning Handles

When deciding on the size of a knob/pull for your kitchen cabinets, consider proportion, balance, and aesthetics. For proper functionality, a large cabinet door or drawer will require a large piece of hardware. For smaller doors or drawers, a smaller knob or pull will be appropriate. For traditional and transitional style pulls, they should be approximately one-third the length of the cabinet drawer. A pull or knob may be required for drawers larger than 18 inches in width.

Pulls are typically placed horizontally on drawers, and vertically on doors. Modern kitchens can have pulls placed horizontally on the doors to create a clean look. Whatever the style of your kitchen is, consider where the knobs or pulls will be placed before they are attached permanently to the cabinets.

Knobs can be installed using a single screw through one point of contact on a drawer or door. Pulls can be installed using two screws through the two points of contact on a drawer or door. Make sure to give your professional the details before drilling any holes. This will allow them to know which type of handle to use on each drawer or cabinet door. Also, you will need to indicate the location of the knobs or pulls so they can be installed uniformly throughout your kitchen.

3. Materials

There are many options for kitchen cabinet hardware, most of which can be made from metal alloys. The surface of brass hardware is usually coated with a lacquer, or plating that provides durability in the kitchen. It helps reduce germ spread and is antimicrobial. Bronze hardware, which is also antimicrobial and has a rich look and feel, works well with cabinets made from thicker woods. Because stainless steel is durable and easy to clean, it’s another option. Nickel and pewter are also popular options. You can also choose from glass, crystal, or ceramic knobs to achieve a vintage look.