Choosing hardware for your new cabinets may seem like an afterthought. There are many different materials, designs, and colors for you to choose from. Depending on where the cabinets are located and what their function is can help decide what hardware is best for your cabinets.
Hardware can be an easy way to show some personality and style in your kitchen or bathroom. Cabinets can look good with certain types of hardware, but functionality is also extremely important. Hardware is often referred to as the jewelry of the kitchen and can be a great way to accent your cabinets.
Determine Between Knobs And Pulls
While there are no strict rules to follow, you can narrow down your choices by deciding between knobs and pulls. Knobs are usually used for doors or small drawers. Pulls are best for medium drawers, pantries, or trash pull-outs.
Think About Comfort
Pulls are often more comfortable than knobs because they allow you to use your whole hand instead of just your fingertips to open. Drawers that become heavy can be difficult to open with a knob.
You can also try out the hardware before you purchase them for the entire kitchen. Touch it, use it to open a drawer, and see how it fits your hand. If it does not feel comfortable, has sharp edges, or doesn’t seem easy to use, it may not be the best option for you.
Find A Design
Hardware is essentially an accessory and should accent the face of the cabinet. Choosing hardware should be based on looks and functionality. There are a few common designs that you can look at.
These handles or knobs are more ornate and have embellishments. Traditional kitchens are more likely to have traditional knobs and only have knobs on the cabinets.
This design is more sleek and minimalistic. These are a top choice for modern kitchens because they come in clear designs. They also come in a variety of colors and are stain, polished, rubbed, or matte finishes.
Cup pulls are signature in farmhouse kitchens. This can be put on drawers and paired with square and rounded knobs on cabinets. Popular finishes include chrome, copper, clear glass, and matte black.
These knobs include intricate designs and carvings. They can also come in geometric shapes or ones that are made out of glass, acrylic, crystal, natural stone, wood, or leather.
What Theme You Are Trying To Achieve?
If your kitchen is more of a modern style, choosing a decorative style handle may not quite fit with your cabinets. If you have a theme in mind for your kitchen, you may be able to tell that one style fits and another doesn’t.
Customers can visit showrooms or get samples of different hardware to test in the kitchen. Some knobs or pulls may look better in a different color or a different finish. Finishes can also affect how your knobs hold up under wear and tear.
What Function Is The Cabinet Performing?
There are different functions that your cabinets can perform. They can store different types of materials, hold containers, or another dishware. This is important to consider when you choose hardware. Some hardware is better used for certain areas of your kitchen and can make opening the cabinets easier.
The hardware’s main goal is to help you access the inside of your cabinets. If you choose hardware that makes accessing your cabinets difficult, then it may seem like you don’t have any hardware at all.
Can You Mix Options?
Just like anything in your home, if you are remodeling or building a custom home you can customize anything that you desire. Hardware can be mixed by choosing different styles, different colors, and finishes. You can mix metals or knobs and pulls if that will work best in your space.
What Are The Costs?
You get what you pay for and cabinets are not different. Choosing a company that will give you the best price with the best options is important when remodeling a home. A good price range for knobs is around $6 to $10 and for pulls, it is $7 to $12 and higher. The bigger the hardware or more intricate, the more it will cost. It is also best practice to order a few more than you need, just in case one break or the finish starts to rub off.
Work With Rasmussen Custom Cabinets
Our team specializes in creating a completely custom look for your home. We are dedicated to our community and are passionate about creating great products. Established in 2012, we wanted to provide the market with a different product and give customers the aesthetic and utility that they deserve.
After we install your cabinets you can contact us with any questions you may have. We want your cabinets to look brand new for an extended period of time so we give you cabinet care and cleaning tips on our website.
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