Choosing the Right Hardware

How to Select Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

There are many decisions to be made when building or renovating your home. Selecting the right cabinet is one of the critical decisions, but the job does not end there. You also need the right cabinet pull to open those beautiful cabinets!

Knobs and pulls are not just for decoration. Kitchens can be messy, so you will want to avoid sticky messes on cabinet surfaces. You do not want to transfer oils on your fingers to the cabinet surface. The right cabinet knobs or pulls will ensure that any mess transferred is easy to clean.

If you have a frameless or full-overlay cabinet, your fingers may be too small to operate the doors and drawers since the cabinet itself does not contain a handle.

If you are unsure of what type of knobs or pulls you should choose for your cabinets, then read on.

Here is a guide on how to select cabinet hardware. We will discuss knobs versus pulls, how to choose the right hardware for your home, and whether mixing hardware is a good idea.


 What Is Cabinet Hardware?

Cabinet hardware includes all the knobs and pulls on your cabinets, as well as the hinges that hold them open. Cabinet hardware is the equipment that helps you open your cabinets and drawers.

Hardware can be divided into knobs and pulls. Knobs are small and are often used on cabinet door handles. Pulls, on the other hand, are generally used on drawers. Either can be used on both drawers and cabinets as there is no rule against this. 




Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware reflects the style of your cabinet doors and the overall design of your home. The hardware style you choose will depend upon the design of

your cabinet doors and your house's overall design and fashion.

Ornate knobs and pulls look great either in traditional or contemporary homes. If your home is transitional, choose reliable, straightforward designs. For rustic homes, choose rustic knobs and pulls. There are many options! There are so many different designs and finishes that can enhance the look of your kitchen.

But how do you choose? If you are remodeling or building a new kitchen, keep in mind that choosing the furniture and cabinet hardware comes last. After you have selected all the other materials, use these tips to inspire your choice of cabinet hardware. Here are some options for cabinet hardware that you might want to consider.


Decide Whether To Install A Knob Or A Pull

If you have the space, use knobs on all the doors and drawers and pull-outs on the big ones, such as walk-in pantries and trash pull-outs.

Opening a drawer with a pull is more convenient since your entire hand can grab instead of just your fingers. This is incredibly convenient because drawers can get very heavy with all of your pots and pans, dishes, etc.

You can also select only knobs or only pulls. Use of all knobs is prevalent in older kitchens from the days when the hardware was not so varied. Using only pulls is a more contemporary look but also evident in some older kitchens with non-traditional hardware.

For selecting pulls, consider how they will be installed. Choose horizontal pulls for drawers and vertical ones for doors. If you choose a vertical pull, make sure it is not too heavy, as this adds weight to a kitchen.


Choosing The Right Finish

Most homeowners choose chrome or brushed nickel finishes, but there are various other finishes available that will add interest to your kitchen. Oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, and rust complement brushed nickel or brushed stainless faucets.

Chrome faucets often go well with white or black, dark bronze, pewter, or clear glass. Try just the knob or pull out before you spend on the rest of the hardware for your kitchen.

Feel it, put your fingers in or on it, and see how it works for you. Does it feel comfortable, or are some fingers pinching at the edges? At least four fingers should fit comfortably.

How do the edges and ridges feel to your fingers when you grasp the knob or pull? It can be frustrating to use the wrong hardware when you use your cabinets and drawers a thousand times a day.

Many companies, including CANMADE HARDWARE, offer a free sample program. We will send you a sample knob or pull of your choosing to help you with the decision-making process. There is no need to worry about costs. Testing out how a knob or pull would look on your cabinets will be well worth the extra effort!