Did you know that cabinet hardware is the easiest and a budget friendly option to update your cabinets?
Seriously, I am a super fan of cabinet hardware. With so many beautiful designs and finishes, any design creation can be achieved. As they say, cabinet hardware is the jewelry for your cabinets! Knobs and pulls/handles act like a gorgeous necklace to dress up an otherwise plain outfit 🙂
What you need to consider when selecting cabinet hardware:
- Choosing a finish
- Deciding between knobs or pulls/handles
- Sizes of knobs and pulls
- Layout of cabinet hardware
How-to Choose a Cabinet Hardware Finish
- Look around the room and notice any other metallic finishes you have in your home decor. Things like faucets, lighting fixtures, picture frames, and metal furniture frames, Do you see mainly gold, silver, bronze or black?
- Do you want to complement or match the existing metallic finishes? It is OK to mix metals, but most people feel comfortable with matching.
- Is important to have a warm or cool color cast to the hardware. Warm = golds and bronze finishes. Cool = silver and black finishes.
In full disclosure, I used to work for Amerock and I personally updated ALL of the hardware in my house and luckily have professional pictures of much of it to share with you. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.
My bathroom has a chrome faucet, bronze drapery rods, satin nickel lighting, and gold hardware. It all works in harmony!
Do You Want Knobs, Pulls, or Both?
- Do you have cabinet hardware installed? If so, is it all knobs or pulls?
- All knobs, then you can add pulls and even cup pulls.
- All pulls, the holes are drilled so you have to replace them with the same size.
- If you have no hardware, you have a blank canvas!
Think outside of the box. In my son’s bathroom, I mixed products from two collections for a completely unique look that I can call my own!
Decide on the Right Length of Pull/Handle
Next, you need to know the width of your drawers and height of your cabinet doors in order to determine the total length of pull to choose. Proportion becomes very important.
A simple rule of thumb and this is a GUIDELINE ONLY:
Cabinet Doors: pull length should be NO MORE than 1/3 the total of the door height.
EXAMPLE: 36 inch cabinet door should have pulls 12 inches or shorter.
Cabinet Drawers: pull length should be no more than 1/2 of the total drawer width.
EXAMPLE: 18 inch drawer choose pulls 6 inches or shorter.
Cabinet Hardware Placement
Most of the time we have hardware already attached to our cabinets and are just updating them. But if you are building a new home, then you are starting from scratch! Installing all knobs feels safe and I originally went this route and have now changed everything! It is safe and easy, but it doesn’t add much visual interest to the cabinets. Mixing up different geometries is much more interesting!
Here I’ve mixed different length pulls, with oversized knobs and cup pulls.
CREATE VISUAL INTEREST BY MIXING KNOBS, PULL LENGTHS AND CUP PULLS
This is where if you have only knobs it’s time to replace some of them with pulls and cup pulls. If you have a blank canvas, then mix up various hardware. My kitchen used to have all knobs and here is the before:
Pulls are special and measurements provided by manufacturers are CTC or Center to Center. What does that mean? It is the distance between holes and usually it is in millimeters. It’s a little confusing when you are shopping because most manufacturers show the center to center hole measurement and NOT the total length.
- Center to Center– the distance from the CENTER of one screw hole to the CENTER of the other screw hole. This is the standard industry measurement for sizing cabinet handles.
- Overall Length– the distance from one end of the pull to the other end. This measurement is always greater than the “center to center” measurement.
- Projection – measures how far the pull or knob sticks out from the surface of the cabinet door or drawer after it is installed.
- Diameter– self-explanatory in a round knob, but the diameter of a pull or handle, if given, refers to the width or thickness of the bar portion of the pull (the part you grab).
Here is an example to show you how two pulls can be the same CTC measurement but vary greatly in length. Always think about BOTH measurements and notice if the knob or pull has feet. Feet are nice to cover over pre-drilled holes.
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Beautiful New Options
Now it is time to daydream and go shopping for hardware! I’ve compiled some knobs in a variety of finishes to get you started and inspired 🙂 Most knobs will have a coordinating pull and if not, you can always find a matching simple bar pull.
Or do like I did and mix collections, but always do that within collections from the same manufacturer so the finishes match. I can vouch for Amerock that this is possible!
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Cabinet Hardware Installation
Now that you are fully educated on choosing the right sizes for your cabinets, it is time to start thinking about installation. Luckily for you, I’ve installed a TON of hardware and even made two videos showing you exactly how to install cabinet hardware.
Take 10 minutes and watch the two videos below and I HIGHLY suggest you buy an Amerock template to help out installation.
Now you are all set! Have fun and enjoy the affordable change that cabinet hardware delivers. Watch for the pop-up, where you can download the exact layout of my kitchen for use to map out your own kitchen!