How to Select the Perfect Kitchen Hardware for Your Cabinets
After choosing the cabinets for your kitchen, you’re tasked with selecting the perfect kitchen hardware for your kitchen’s specific style and needs. It can be tricky to know how to pick the best option, so here are some tips on choosing your kitchen hardware!
Knobs vs. Pulls
First, you’ll need to decide if you will opt for knobs, pulls, or a combination of the two. Knobs are a good choice if you want to draw the eye to features other than the kitchen hardware itself. If you have a fabulous backsplash or unique cabinets, you may want to choose knobs to avoid distracting from these features.
Pulls are easier to use than knobs, which can be a better option for families with young kids or family members with mobility concerns. You may want to choose pulls if you frequently need to access cooking supplies. Pulls minimize the amount of contact your hands have with your cabinets, which can increase the longevity of your cabinets. It’s also helpful to note that pulls come in more varieties than knobs, so if you have a specific style in mind, you may have more luck shopping for pulls.
You may decide to install knobs on upper cabinets and pulls on lower cabinets. This is an excellent option for a combination of accessibility and style. Knobs on cabinets and pulls on drawers are also a good option for blending form and function.
Sizing Kitchen Hardware for Cabinets
Once you’ve decided on whether you will use knobs, pulls, or a combination of the two, you will need to decide on what size to get. For knobs, 1-1 ¼” is a good size for most cabinets. Size down or up from this measure, depending on what style you are aiming for.
For pulls, 3 ¼” is a good minimum to ensure a comfortable grip. As a general rule, the longer the pull, the more contemporary the look. So if you are going for a more modern style, 5” is a good size for your pulls. If you choose to use smaller pulls on long drawers, consider putting two pulls on the drawer for easier use. For long drawers, you can also opt for longer pulls than you use on your shorter drawers and cabinets. If you are going to use longer pulls, a pull that is ⅓ the length of a drawer is a good standard to follow.
For increased accessibility, pulls that are the entire length of cabinets and drawers are a unique style. Keep in mind that full-length pulls can distract from the cabinetry, so it may not be the right choice if you are trying to highlight your cabinets.
Selecting Kitchen Hardware Color
Once you’ve decided on the style and size for your kitchen hardware, you will need to choose your hardware’s color and material. You may want to match your cabinets’ hardware to your faucet or other hardware in the kitchen, or choose a color that would contrast with these other kitchen features. In addition to the other hardware in your kitchen, you may want to choose hardware that contrasts with cabinet color for a pop, or choose hardware that coordinates with your cabinet and overall kitchen style.
Explore Kitchen Hardware for Cabinets at Special Additions
At Special Additions, we bring your kitchen and bathroom design ideas to life. Peruse our home cabinet portfolio to gather inspiration for your next project. Then, contact us to work with our talented designers when choosing the perfect kitchen hardware for your cabinets!