How to Select Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

How to Select Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

November 15, 2021

Thinking about upgrading your cabinet hardware, or choosing hardware for a new build? The type of hardware you choose can have a dramatic effect on your cabinet’s appearance—plus, they’ll keep your cabinet fronts from absorbing oil and grime from your fingers. Whether you go modern or classic, metallic or acrylic, there are thousands of options to choose from.

Choosing new cabinet knobs and pulls can be overwhelming, especially if this is your first time. Here’s how to narrow down the selection and get the right cabinet hardware for your aesthetic:

  • Choose between knobs or pulls: Your first task is to choose between knobs and pulls—or you can pick both. Some people prefer to use knobs on the cabinet doors and pulls for drawers, which gives your kitchen a modern look. For a retro appearance, go with all knobs. Older kitchens often used all knobs since there were fewer options available. Going with all pulls is another modern solution. There’s no right or wrong answer, but keep in mind that drawer pulls are often more comfortable to use than drawer knobs (or no hardware at all).
  • Pick a shape: After you’ve decided which type of hardware you’ll use, it’s time to pick a shape. Square or rounded hardware are your two main choices. The best way to choose a style is to look at the lines and curves in your kitchen. If the space is full of gleaming chrome and sharp right angles, you’ll probably want squared cabinet hardware to complement the look. Softer styles look great with rounded knobs or curved pulls.
  • Select a color and finish: Next, think about the finish you want. There are plenty of color, material and metal options available, so you should be able to find something that works with your décor. Consider how the hardware will look with your appliances, wall and cabinet color. For example, if you have stainless steel appliances, a brushed nickel finish will look great. Repeating colors and design elements give your space a more cohesive look.
  • Consider the cost: Of course, cost is a factor, too. Before your heart is set on one type of cabinet hardware, count how many pieces you’ll need and see if it fits your budget. If you have a lot of cabinets and drawers, the costs can add up quicker than you might think.
  • Test them out: Finally, make sure you test the hardware before making a commitment. Is it comfortable for your hands? Will it be slippery or otherwise hard to grip? Do your fingers fit in the pulls? Your cabinet hardware can make a big difference in how functional and comfortable your kitchen is.

Considering these factors before you start shopping for cabinet hardware can make the whole process easier. When you go in with a good idea of what you want, you’ll be able to eliminate the selections that don’t suit your vision.

Custom Door Hardware has a wide variety of cabinet hardware in stock. Call us today to learn more about our selection and services.

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