Cabinet hardware is one of those small elements that can make a big impact on your space. From kitchens to bathrooms, these 10 tips and tricks will show you how to place your hardware based on your design style preference. Whether you are looking to replace old knobs and pulls, or starting fresh with brand new cabinets, scroll on down to learn all the ins and outs. And don’t forget to shop the links for ALL the hardware!
1. Traditional Way
Traditionally, pulls are used on drawers and knobs are used on cabinet doors.
2. Modern Way
In modern designs, pulls and knobs can be interchangeable.
3. Smaller Drawers
Traditionally, pulls are used on drawers. However, if the drawer is small, like on a butler’s pantry or in a bathroom, knobs cab be used in place of pulls. For smaller drawers, you will want to center the knob in both directions.
4. Wider Drawers
Any drawer that is 24″ wide or more can require two pulls or knobs. To properly place them, you must divide the drawer in thirds and place them in the left and right portions of the drawer.
For a more minimal look, use one extra long drawer pull instead of two small pulls or knobs.
5. Appliance Pulls On Face Frames
If you ever see hardware pulls centered on the face frames of drawers and cabinet doors, it’s most likely because there is a concealed dishwasher, wastebasket, or refrigerator.
6. Hardware Pulls On Face Frames
However, not all hardware on face frames are appliance pulls. In fact, some designers place them on face frames when the framing is thicker, for an easier-to-reach approach on base cabinetry, or to achieve a sleeker more modern design.
7. Classic Placement
For a classic look, align the center of the knob with the corner of the face frame.
8. Modern Placement
For a modern look, align the top of the knob or pull with the corner of the face frame.
9. Traditional Placement
For a traditional look, align the centers of the knobs with both centers of the face frames.
10. Non-Functioning Hardware
Not all hardware has to serve a purpose. For instance, extra knobs and drawer pulls can be used on large pantry doors or refrigerator doors to look round out the overall cabinetry design.
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So, there you have it. I hope this hardware guide has helped you determine your design style so that your placement is on point. Now you are ready to shop the links for all the latest hardware designs. Your cabinets will thank you!
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