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Cabinet Hardware Speaks Volumes
Like the perfect piece of jewelry sets off an outfit, kitchen cabinet hardware enhances the style of your space. With so many choices, it’s important to consider ease and comfort for members of your family, the lifetime of use, and potential bumps and scrapes when cabinet doors are open.
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Cabinet Knobs or Cabinet Pulls?
You can decorate your kitchen with a mixture of cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls. When making these selections, be mindful of placement of knobs on cabinets, and consider the profile of the door and drawer fronts. Cabinet knob placement will work better on certain cabinet styles. For example, while you may love a bin-style drawer pull, it may not function well on a 5-piece drawer front, which is better accented by a straight-bar type of drawer pull.
Cabinet Hardware Placement
- For wall cabinets with a raised center panel style door, set the cabinet knob or the bottom of the cabinet pull (top of pull on a base unit), directly across from the flat of the center panel
- For a flat center panel door, 2” to 2-1/2” is a good starting point — hold up the hardware piece and let your eye make the final choice
- With a mitered door, never position the hardware in the lower corner where the mitered joints meet
- For drawers, if the hardware is of average size—3” to 3-1/2” wide— a good rule of thumb is to position one piece of hardware on drawers that are less than 24” wide, and two pieces per drawer front on those that are over 24” wide
When it comes to finishes, let the rest of the components in the home be your guide. If you are selecting an oil-rubbed bronze artisan faucet, select the matching kitchen cabinet hardware. Interested in mixing finishes? In today’s home, anything goes. Mixing brass with black iron might be over the top, but pairing brushed nickel with polished chrome can offer a dynamic and attractive contrast.