The Pull of the Right Hardware for Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers

person checking out different pulls and knobs

When doing a complete kitchen remodeling or simply upgrading, choosing the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets and drawers is more than a functional consideration. It can make or break the look of your kitchen cabinets, and by extension, you whole kitchen. You need to choose the right hardware that will not only last for a long time and protect your cabinet finish, but make it look better as well.
Kitchen cabinets and drawers get quite a bit of use, so you need knobs and pulls to keep from messing up your cabinet finishes from all that handling. At the same time, you need them to work for as long as you need them.

Those things are easy enough to find if you go to a reliable cabinet supplier. However, since knobs and pulls come in a wide variety of styles and finishes, you could end up with perfectly functional hardware that does nothing to improve the look of your kitchen. That’s something you can avoid if you give it a bit of thought when choosing them.

It is important to choose them last in kitchen remodeling to make sure they fit with the rest of the design. It is also important to note the following tips in doing so.

First considerations

hand holding pull of drawer)You can either choose a knob or pull for your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Some homeowners prefer just one or the other for all their cabinets and drawers, while others use both. There are no strict rules for them, but some choices have practical applications.
As a rule of thumb, you should choose a pull for drawers and or pull-out doors because it is easier to use. You can get a better grip on a pull than a knob, which makes it more comfortable when opening a heavily laden drawer.

A knob is usually a good choice for most cabinet doors because these usually have no weight on them, unless it is a pantry door, which is much larger and heavier than a standard cabinet.

Design wise, the use of all knobs or all pulls is most often in older kitchens, which rather dates them. All knob kitchens became the fashion at a time when there was not as wide a selection available for this type of hardware, and is not a good look today. If you want all pulls, think about how you will mount them. Mounting them all horizontally gives your kitchen a contemporary look. If you mount them horizontally for drawers and vertically for cabinets, you should choose pulls that are not heavy, as they tend to make your kitchen look heavy as well.

Shape of things

ornate versus contemporary hardwareThe most common styles of cabinet hardware are either square or curved. Curved hardware tends to have more details and no sharp angles. These tend to be more ornate and traditional. On the other hand, square hardware does not necessarily mean they are completely square. Contemporary square hardware is actually round, but has sharp angles.

Choosing one or the other depends on the other elements of your kitchen. Give your lights, countertops, and cabinet style a quick look and note if they tend to have curved or square lines. If they tend to have a square look, go for square hardware. The same applies if these elements tend to have a softer profile.

If the elements are both square and curved, use the cabinet style to make your decision. In most cases, flat panel and shaker cabinet styles have square lines, while pillow top, raised panel, and recessed anal cabinet styles have curved lines.

Finishing touches

different finishesMost people like t have a brushed or chrome finish to their hardware to match their faucets (another major kitchen element you need to give careful consideration), but you can choose other finishes to make your kitchen more interesting. You just have to choose ones that complement the overall look of the kitchen.

If you have a brushed look to your kitchen, you can choose one of the following finishes:
• Aluminum
• Antique pewter
• Black matte
• Light or dark bronze
• Oil-rubbed bronze
• Rust
• Satin brass

If you have a shinier, chrome-like look to your kitchen, the following finishes might work with it:
• White
• Black
• Dark bronze
• Clear glass
• Pewter

Creature comforts

person checking out different pulls and knobsThe durability, style and look of your hardware are not the only things you need to consider when choosing it. You should also make sure they feel comfortable when you use them. Try them before you finalize your purchases.
You can easily do that by checking out the knobs and pulls you have chosen in the showroom. They should not only fit in your hand, but they should feel pleasant. You should feel no discomfort or hard edges, as this will likely lead to some annoyance in a short time.

Final thoughts

As with anything you choose for your kitchen remodel, better quality hardware means more investment. Choose the best hardware you can afford because they have to stand up to a lot of abuse.

To give you some idea of the costs, good quality knobs go for between $6 and $10. Pulls are a little more expensive, ranging from $7 to $12 apiece. The price variation depends on the design and finish. Bronze and stainless steel tend to go beyond those price ranges, as do longer pulls.
A good way to shave a bit off the costs of hardware is to get them all from as reliable cabinet store in your area. You can get them up to 50% less than big box stores, especially if you get all your other stuff from them for your kitchen remodel.

However, you need to make sure you go to reliable supplier that only carries the good brands. Cabinet Land Kitchen and Beyond works only with the best cabinet brands and products at the best prices compared to our competitors such as Advance Cabinets and Handsome Cabinets.
We are a local remodeling company with a showroom located in Schaumburg, Illinois, so you can see the products before you buy. We service Chicago land and have the expertise and resources to complete virtually any type of kitchen cabinets – ON TIME and ON BUDGET with top quality craftsmanship that will exceed your expectations.

Call or visit us today to see what we have to offer. We offer free consultation services and quotes, so you know exactly what to expect from your purchase.