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Choosing the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets

Updated: Aug 14, 2019


A great kitchen is a must-have in every home. In fact, an attractive kitchen can increase the value of your home to potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your house. So it is important to ensure that your kitchen is well-designed and functional.

When designing or renovating a kitchen, it’s easy to get wrapped up in choosing the larger items like the countertops, cabinets and appliances. After all, these are the major elements that make up a kitchen and most people place their focus on these items. These items are important, but small details can have a big impact too. People often overlook the importance of seemingly minor fixtures like doorknobs and handles. These can however be a major part of your overall kitchen design.


Knobs and pulls function firstly as something to grip to open cabinet doors and drawers, but they can also function as trendy accessories. And just like a pair of earrings or an elegant necklace can bring an outfit together, the perfect knob or handle can bring your kitchen together in an amazing way.

It is popular to install knobs on cabinet doors and longer handles or “pulls” on drawers. However, this is a matter of choice and preference as there is a wide range of designs that can go well with either drawers or cabinets. Knobs are the most simple and basic type of cabinet hardware to install. Generally, a knob is attached to the cabinet door or drawer with a single screw.

When you think of a knob, you most likely picture something round. But knobs for your kitchen cabinets can come in all shapes and sizes and designs to suit all personalities. For instance, you might want to install a seashell-shaped knob or one shaped like a leaf. You will find many novelty knobs on the market in various materials including metal, wood, ceramic and glass. If you want to splurge, you can even find knobs in Swarovski crystal.

Brass and bronze knobs are popular for their durability. Pewter and nickel are also popular choices.


Pulls are easier to use, however, as they give you more surface to grip on to. Constant opening and closing of drawers and cabinet doors can become frustrating if you have a small knob that is difficult to grip. This is not the case with pulls. Pulls are typically more expensive than knobs.

The most popular types of pulls are the bar pulls, tubular bar pulls and cup pulls. Bar pulls, as the name suggests, is a type of handle that looks like a straight bar and is fastened to your cabinet by its two ends. Tubular bar pulls are similar but instead of a straight edge, they are rounded. Cup pulls or cup handles are a special type of cabinet pull that are mostly used on drawers. These have a semi-circular shape and are installed with the open end facing downward.

When you begin to shop around for your pulls and knobs, you will certainly find that there is a huge selection of shapes, styles and materials. For instance, you can find knobs and pulls in wood, crystal, stainless steel or other finishes. You can find plain, simple knobs and pulls or ones with intricate designs and patterns. You can find modern styled ones or ones that have an antique feel. The options are endless. So how do you choose?

Firstly, you want to choose something that goes well with your kitchen décor and enhances the look of your cabinets. Look around at your kitchen fixtures. If you have stainless steel appliances and faucets, choosing stainless steel handles for your cabinets will fit the theme of your kitchen. The hardware you select for your cabinets should reflect the overall style of your kitchen.

You should also pay attention to the colour of your cabinets. You don’t need to match the handles to the cabinets but you can use complimentary colours or shades to ensure you have a uniform look throughout your kitchen. And don’t be afraid to go bold. Metal or wooden handles are not the only options. You can consider glass, crystal or mirrored handles to give your kitchen a unique, modern and edgy look.

Knobs and pulls are generally easy to install and require no more than a screw or two to fasten in place. You however want to make sure that they are installed firmly and evenly and that you choose the right size. If you install a small pull on a large drawer, you risk the handle falling off when pulled, due to the weight of the drawer. If the pull is too big however, it can overpower your cabinet.

Keep cleaning in mind when you choose your handles as knobs with intricate designs and embellishments may be harder to clean from grease splatters and other grime that is common in kitchens.

Whatever you choose, make sure not to compromise on quality. Your handles must be sturdy and strong enough to withstand a firm grip and last a long time. Avoid flimsy, poor quality materials as these can become warped, rusted or broken in a short space of time.

But as with all home improvement initiatives, there are no hard and fast rules. Go with whatever feels right for you and reflects your own personal taste and preference.

Whether you choose a modern or vintage style, ceramic or metal, large or small, it is bound to have an impact on the overall look and value of your kitchen.

Now that you know about the different options, we hope we have made your choice on whether to install knobs or pulls or a mixture of both a little bit easier.

Contact us at www.trinihelper.com for your kitchen estimate.


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