Are you remodeling your kitchen or just making a few minor upgrades? One of the simplest, most impactful and least expensive upgrades you can make is to change your cabinet knobs or pulls!
Deciding on the right hardware is a balance of style and function. Is your style modern? Contemporary? Scandinavian? Transitional? Minimalist? With so many eclectic and traditional styles to pick from, you need to find the cabinet pulls and knobs that elevate your entire room.
But don’t fret! Finding the perfect cabinet hardware to blend into your kitchen style can be easy with a little direction. Just follow the 5 steps below to learn how to choose the right cabinet hardware size and you’ll be on your way to the perfect cabinet and drawers accessories!
1. IDENTIFY HARDWARE THAT COMPLEMENTS YOUR KITCHEN STYLE
By the time you are at the point of choosing your cabinet hardware, you probably have determined your kitchen design style. So in determining what type of hardware you want for your cabinets and drawers, make sure it will compliment your overall kitchen design theme.
2. YOUR CHOICE: KNOBS, PULLS OR BOTH?
Knobs and pulls each has its own benefits and will give you the look you are trying to achieve.
Knobs only: The benefit of cabinet knobs is that they tend to be less expensive than bar and T-pulls, and they only require one hole to be drilled into your cabinetry. A single cabinet knob can be installed on cabinet doors, but you may want to consider placing two knobs on larger drawers. And remember, cabinet drawers are heavier than doors, so you may need that extra knob for ease of use. The minimalistic style of using knobs only for your cabinetry can give a very appealing look to your kitchen.
Pulls only: Cabinets that feature only pulls tend to present a more modern look. Stainless steel bar pulls tend to be more functional on heavy drawers. Pulls also are ideal for aging hands that may have limited flexibility and strength.
Knobs and pulls together: It is most common to have both pulls and knobs featured in the kitchen. Knobs are most typically placed on doors, and pulls are placed on drawers. But each kitchen is unique just like you so you should mix and match to best meet your own style.
3. CHOOSE A HARDWARE FINISH THAT WILL ADD CONTRAST TO YOUR CABINETRY
There are some basic tips to get you started in choosing the finish of you new knobs or pulls. For white or light cabinet colors, use a darker hardware finish with less lustre, like brushed stainless steel. For darker cabinet colors, consider a lighter hardware finish such as mirror stainless steel. Be sure to keep in mind it is common for cabinet hardware to usually match or complement hinges as well as faucets or other appliances in your space.
4. CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE OF HARDWARE FOR YOUR CABINETRY
Cabinet hardware sizes can vary widely depending on your own personal style, but you’ll probably want to choose a size that is both stylish and functional. Bar pull sizes are generally determined by the “center-to-center” measurement (the distance between the two screw holes). If you have pre-drilled cabinetry, you’ll need to buy hardware that fits the existing center-to-center measurement. If there are pre-drilled holes, you can choose any size for your cabinet hardware. Here are a few general tips to get you started:
For oversized cabinetry (dimensions of 36″ or larger) such as drawers for built-in appliances, you may want to consider longer length pulls (6”, 8”, 10” or 12” center to center) or oversized knobs (with a diameter of 1-1/2” or larger).
For standard size cabinetry (dimensions of 12″ – 36″) the most common pull sizes are 3”, 4”, 96mm, and 128mm center to center (from one screw hole to another). Standard knob sizes are 1 1/4″ or 1 3/8″.
For small specialized cabinetry (narrow drawers or dimensions under 12″) like built-in spice racks, use smaller knobs under 1″ in diameter or T-pulls rather than bar pulls.
5. STICKING TO YOUR BUDGET
At this point, you probably have narrowed down your cabinet hardware choices to a specific style, type, size and finish. Next thing to incorporate is your budget. You can start by counting how many knobs and pulls you will need for your cabinetry and determine a price range that works for you. We offer multiple lines of varying price points.
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