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Best Tips for Choosing Your Cabinet Hardware

Best Tips for Choosing Your Cabinet Hardware

Many key decisions must get made in the process of making a house a home. And, as such, it’s easy to forget that design is also in the details. But when you consider how many times cabinet hardware is used in regular tasks, it’s evident that the value and pleasure a well-made piece of hardware provides is well worth the expenditure. Here are some of the best tips for choosing cabinet hardware!

Choose the Types of Hardware That Fit You

Hardware should match the aesthetic of your kitchen, but it should also be comfortable to operate. When you’re determining whether to use a knob or a pull, think about your personal preference. Obtain a sample of the knobs or pulls you are considering purchasing. See how they fit in your palm by placing them against a cabinet drawer or door. Are the size and form right for you?

You can add aesthetic appeal to a kitchen with blend knobs and pulls. Use drawer pulls on the drawers and doorknobs on the doors (or the other way around.) Simply select one pull design and one complementary knob style and keep the finish consistent across the kitchen. Use the same type of hardware throughout your kitchen for a tidy, uniform aesthetic.

Choose the Best Size and Position of Handles

When you’re choosing the size of a knob or pull for your kitchen cabinetry, think about proportion, balance, aesthetics, and function. A larger cabinet door or drawer requires a large piece of hardware for appropriate performance. Small knobs or pulls are ideal for smaller doors or drawers.

A rule of thumb for conventional or transitional style pulls is that they should be roughly one-third the length of the cabinet drawer. More than one pull or knob may be required for drawers wider than eighteen inches. Long pulls that are at least two-thirds the length of the drawer or cabinet door are required in more contemporary designs. Pulls are typically horizontally placed on drawers and vertically placed on doors. If you want your kitchen to have a sleek, modern aesthetic, position the pulls horizontally on the doors.

Consider the Materials

Cabinet hardware comes in a number of materials, the majority of which are metal alloys. Brass hardware is often lacquered or plated on the surface, making it extremely durable. It’s antibacterial, which means it helps to keep germs at bay. Bronze hardware is also antibacterial, has a robust appearance, and works well with thick wood cabinets.

Other choices include stainless steel, which is extremely robust and easy to clean. Or you could use nickel and pewter, which are also prominent metal materials. Use glass, crystal, or ceramic knobs for a vintage aesthetic. However, no matter what options you choose, always ensure that it has some synergy with the other materials nearby.  Doing so will give a sense of style and suave feel to the space!

We hope this article has helped give you some great tips for choosing cabinet hardware! If you’re a woodworker and are considering making your own furniture pulls, make sure you know which power tools are essential to have.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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