Are you installing new cabinets or refreshing your current hardware?
Then you might be considering what hardware to add and how to do it. Cabinet hardware is usually the final touch to your kitchen design. These decorative accents complete your vision. There are many details to consider with hardware, including placement and what kind to use, but don’t feel overwhelmed. This blog will walk you through the basics of hardware installation.
If you are asking
yourself if you should use cabinet hardware or not, the answer is yes!
There are many reasons that it is better to have cabinet
hardware than not. Here are just a few:
When it comes time to install hardware, a lot of questions
will come up. Should I use knobs or pulls? What size do I need? Where should I
place the hardware? While many of these questions are up to you to decide based
on your preferences, there are some standard guidelines to follow for
traditional and practical placement.
If you are unable to decide between knobs or pulls, here
are some factors to consider:
Style- How will the hardware affect your design?
Function- What hardware type makes the most sense for
When you are deciding the placement of your hardware on
your kitchen cabinets, there are some common and standard guidelines to follow:
Cabinet Doors- On upper cabinet doors, knobs and pulls will be placed in
the bottom corner opposite the hinges. On lower cabinet doors- Hardware will be
placed in the upper corner opposite the hinges. Pulls typically will be placed vertically.
Knobs and the lower post of pulls should be placed 2” – 3” inches from the
corner. Home centers like Home Depot and Lowes have templates available to make
this process easier, but it can also be done with a ruler.
Pantry Doors- On a pantry door, or other tall cabinet doors, you should
place the knob or pull opposite the hinges at a height based on your
comfortability in using it. This should be about elbow height and will most
times be the middle of the door height.
Drawers- On drawers, you should center the pull or knob, right at the
length and height halfway points. Pulls are placed horizontally and should have
the middle aligned over the center of the drawer face. If a drawer is 24” or longer,
for functional purposes, you should use two knobs, or two small pulls spaced
apart. This will distribute the weight and make pulling the drawer out a lot
easier. These knobs should be placed at the third and two-thirds length point
of the drawer front.
For drawers with a taller height, it is also common to place
the pull or knob towards the top for better function. They can also be placed
towards the top for regular-sized drawers if you like the look better.
Pull Out Bins- There may arise some situations that do not follow
conventional hardware placement, such as cabinet pull out bins. These will have
the appearance of a door on the outside but operate like a drawer. You can take
two approaches with these.
The type of cabinet you have will not affect the placement
of hardware. Most types, such as shaker
cabinets or raised panel cabinets will have trim around the edges. The top and
bottom trim are called the rail. The sides are called the stile. Knobs and pulls
should be centered in the middle of the width of the stile when placed on a
door. If you decide to place a pull or knob higher on a drawer front of a
shaker cabinet or other cabinet with trim, they should be centered in the rail.
You can find out more information on cabinet types here.
When selecting your kitchen cabinet pulls, know what the
If you are selecting hardware for the first time, you may
not be aware of how cabinet pulls are measured. The measurement you will
usually see in the product name and description is not the overall length of
the pull. It is the center to center or CC. This is the distance between the
centers of the screw threading. This measurement will be important when marking
drill holes or when selecting replacement hardware. The center to center is
given in millimeters or inches. If you need to convert between the two, you can
reference our center to center conversion chart.
Before you start drilling holes, you should be sure that the hardware you
choose is what you want. If you decide you like a different pull with a
different CC after you have already drilled holes, then you will have to fill them
in and paint over it. That is a hassle that can be avoided. Berenson includes a sample clip with all hardware sample orders. This clip fits around the edge
of your drawer or door so you can attach your hardware and see how it looks in
position before drilling holes.
Now that you are informed on the basics of kitchen cabinet
hardware placement, you are ready to select your new knobs and pulls!
You can also check out our installation guide for info on
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