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A Brief Guide to Choosing the Right Hardware for Cabinets

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Even though practicality is the most crucial factor when choosing kitchen cabinet and drawer hardware, there should be other considerations. Finding hardware that matches your kitchen’s design aesthetic is also vital.  

So, whether you’re designing a new kitchen, remodeling a bathroom, or just updating the hardware on a piece of used furniture, we’ve put up a brief guide to assist you in choosing the best cabinet hardware for your surroundings.

Types of Cabinet Hardware

While there are no strict guidelines, a drawer with a pull and a cabinet with a knob is typically considerably simpler to open. There are countless exceptions, though. For bathroom baseboard cabinets, installing drawer knobs vertically might be ideal.

Small knobs may be suitable as a longer pull if you want to add visual appeal to existing furniture (such as a side table or media console). Consider what will feel the most functional for your lifestyle when choosing hardware.

On the other hand, knobs can be used on drawers and cabinets, are less expensive, and have smaller profiles than handles. Since they only need one screw to be affixed to the surface, they are a little simpler to install than pulls.

Pulls are easier to grasp, larger than knobs, and make a stronger statement. Although they are more expensive than pulls, they come in various sizes. They complement drawers or larger cabinets with their linear design.

Choosing the Right Size for Cabinet Hardware

When choosing the size of a knob or pull for your kitchen cabinetry, consider proportion, balance, aesthetics, and usefulness. A large cabinet door or drawer needs a sizable piece of hardware to operate effectively. 

A good rule of thumb for traditional or transitional cabinet draws is that they should be about one-third the length of the cabinet drawer. A drawer may need more pulls or knobs if it is wider than eighteen inches. Also, at least two-thirds the length of the drawer or cabinet door pulls are preferred in modern designs.

Pulls are often positioned vertically on doors and horizontally on drawers. For a clean appearance, consider putting door knobs horizontally in contemporary kitchens. Regardless of the kitchen design, consider the location of the knobs and pulls before permanently fastening them to the cabinetry.

Moreover, make sure to provide your house builder or remodeling contractor with explicit instructions regarding the kind of handle to attach to each cabinet door and drawer before any holes are drilled. To ensure that the knob or pull is installed consistently throughout the kitchen, you must also specify the position of the item.

Choosing the Color for Cabinet Hardware

How can the color of your cabinet hardware be matched to that color? Keep in mind that color may be both fashionable and functional.

For example, black knobs on white cabinets will make them stand out and give the room a chic two-toned appearance. On the other hand, it is more subdued to use glass or silver knobs on slate blue country-style cabinets.

Never undervalue the power of kitchen hardware to bind a space together, whether it is painted in a vibrant or neutral color.


Your kitchen cabinet hardware is a beautiful way to make the space feel more like you. Consider each of these elements, but most importantly, take your time. Consider your options before making a choice only because you feel obligated to. Considering these suggestions will help you make an informed choice and lead you to your dream kitchen.

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