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The Many Different Types of Cabinet Hardware

The Many Different Types of Cabinet Hardware

You may be starting a home remodeling project or looking to update pieces of hardware in your kitchen, and you might be wondering where to start. There are a variety of different types of hardware to consider when making your decision and there are a plethora of styles and sizes. Learning a few hardware basics will help you begin the process of selecting hardware. There are several main categories that most kitchen hardware pieces fall into: cabinet knobs, cabinet pulls, and cabinet latches.

Cabinet Knobs

turnstyle designs cabinet knobsKnobs are usually attached to cabinet doors using a single screw or point of contact with the drawer. They can be made out of various materials from solid brass to glass. Knobs are commonly manufactured out of brass, zinc or die cast, stainless steel, and bronze. Other options include the trendy crystal knobs and natural stone knobs. If you choose to go with a square knob, higher quality hardware will be designed so that the knob will not shift or rotate over time.

Cabinet Pulls and Handles

Unlike cabinet knobs, cabinet pulls, also known as cabinet handles, are attached to the cabinet door by two or more screws. When choosing cabinet pulls, it’s important to know the center-to-center measurement. This is typically the distance from one screw hole to the other. This measurement will determine the size of the pull you need. Pulls come in a variety of sizes from 5 inches to 12 inches. You can use a variety of sizes within a home, but we advise our clients to stay within similar size proportions.  If you go with 2 smaller handles on a 33” drawer, it’s more of a country or traditional look, as opposed to one long 12” handle which is a bit more contemporary. Choosing the right cabinet handle for your home is usually based on aesthetic preferences and personal choice. 

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Cup Pulls

Cup handles are designed for use on drawers and they get their name from the recessed grip that resembles a half cup shape. This hardware has a unique mounting method sometimes using mounting poles rather than screws. The pull is typically mounted with the open side facing down, which only allows for a drawer to be opened by pulling from the bottom of the handle. Cup pulls are not just stuck in the traditional design style, they can be traditional, rustic, or contemporary – they come in all styles.

Cabinet Latches

People often use cabinet latches in the home for a special function – a pantry or china cabinet you don’t access all the time. It serves to highlight a location in your kitchen but doesn’t have to be exceptionally functional. People tend to go with latches as an aesthetic choice for completing an overall look.

This will give you a good overview of what may fit your needs, but the best way to know what will work for you is to come into the showroom and explore the design styles we have on display for yourself. At Premium Hardware we offer complimentary consultations to help you narrow down and select the right hardware for your home.

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