When designing a kitchen, it is all about making the space convenient for your lifestyle. From the stains of the cabinets, location of appliances and even the small details of choosing kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls, it can be difficult to create the perfect kitchen design for you and your family.
Kitchen knobs and pulls may be a small element, however, it adds utility to the everyday use of your kitchen cabinets. With so many options available, it may be difficult to figure out the best kitchen knob or pull for you and your home. At Kingsmark Cabinets, we have some helpful tips for you to find your perfect kitchen hardware match.
Two of a Kind:
There are two options for kitchen cabinet hardware: knobs or pulls. Knobs are often used more specifically for doors, while pulls are used more for drawers. Many kitchens use a combination of both knobs and pulls.
Knobs are also typically less expensive and only require one hole to be drilled into your cabinets. Pulls can be better for those with limited flexibility and strength.
Consider the Space:
By the time it is time to pick out kitchen knobs or pulls, the kitchen is mostly designed. Consider the kitchen design style when choosing the right cabinet hardware. Whether you have a modern kitchen with clean sharp edges or more of a cozy feel with warm colors, kitchen knobs and pulls should reflect the style of your kitchen. Handles and knobs often match the ambiance of the kitchen and add contrast with different colors and textures.
Plenty of Options:
There are pulls and knobs for every style and preference. They range in color, size, style, material, and more. Finishes for knobs include tarnished, polished, burnished, satin, antique, matte, and more. For pulls, there are also shapes, such as square or curved, to consider.
While the variety of knobs and pulls can be overwhelming, TopKnobs offers a sample program that sends you knobs and pulls to try in your own kitchen, only paying the cost of shipping.
In addition to the style and functionality, it is important to consider the size of your chosen knob or pull. Here are some general size guidelines to follow according to Arthur Harris & Company in Chicago:
- For oversized cabinetry (dimension of 36″ or larger) such as drawers for built-in appliances you may want to consider longer length pulls (6”, 8”, 10” or 12” center to center) or oversized knobs (diameter of 1-1/2” or larger).
- For standard size cabinetry (dimensions of 12″ – 36″) the most common pull sizes are 3”, 4”, 96mm, and 128mm center to center (from one screw hole to another). Standard knob sizes are 1 1/4″ or 1 3/8″.
- For small specialized cabinetry (narrow drawers or dimensions under 12″) like built-in spice racks, use smaller knobs under 1″ in diameter or T-pulls rather than bar pull.
There is a lot to consider when choosing knobs or pulls for your kitchen. However, the final product will be a new start for a better home.