Knobs & Pulls

A surprisingly challenging part of designing your kitchen is choosing the cabinet hardware you want. Cabinet pulls and knobs provide the finishing touches on your beautiful new cupboards. You will see and use them every single day, so it’s worth taking some time to choose carefully.

Your Kitchen Infinity design expert will be ready to help you select just the right fit for your new look. They will have samples to show you as you pick out the knobs and pulls that make you happy and dress up your kitchen cabinet doors.

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What Is the Difference Between Pulls and Knobs?

Many people use these terms to mean the same thing. But they actually refer to two different items. 

Cabinet knobs attach to the door or drawer front with one screw. They are smaller than pulls and work well on doors. They can be round, square, or even oblong.

Pulls attach in two places, making measurement accuracy crucial. You must be sure to measure correctly to get the fasteners aligned with the holes in the pull. These are excellent for drawers since they work better on heavier pieces. 

How Do I Choose Cabinet Hardware?

If you walk into a home improvement store or kitchen design showroom, you may be overwhelmed by the selection of cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. You could search for a long time before you see all of the options.

When you work with Kitchen Infinity, you will have a design professional to help you choose just the hardware you want. 

As you start to see your choices from different brands, you will need to consider these components.

Material

Cabinet hardware comes in a lot of different materials. Working with your designer, you will need to select the right option for your aesthetic. You’ll likely have the following available to you:

  • Acrylic
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Pewter
  • Bronze
  • Nickel
  • Brass
  • Chrome
  • Stainless Steel

If you choose metal knobs and pulls, you likely can select between different finishes, as well. Polished, brush, antique, and satin finishes are all popular options. Think about the type of cabinets that you have (for instance are they laminate doors, glass doors or wood doors) and this will help guide your color and material selection before considering into shape and size.  

Shape and Size

The shape of your drawer pulls and cabinet knobs is important. Not only does it provide a visual element to your kitchen, but it has practical implications, too. 

You will be touching and using this hardware every day. So you want to be sure that it feels good to touch. You may like the look of a square knob, but do you like how it feels when you grab onto it to open a cupboard?

It is also essential to be sure you consider the size of each piece of hardware. An upper cabinet door will require less force to open than a large, deep drawer down below. Be sure that heavy drawers have pulls that are substantial enough to do their job. 

Do They All Have to Match?

Your new cabinet hardware does not need to be identical. In fact, when everything matches, it can create a monotonous look that isn’t very pleasing. Typically, homeowners keep the knobs and pulls all in the same type of material, but even that isn’t a hard-and-fast rule.

There are a few different ways to switch up the look for your cabinet hardware:

  • Use cabinet knobs on doors and pulls on drawers.
  • Use one style on upper cabinets and another on lower ones.
  • Use a different type of hardware on the island than you do for the rest of your cupboard knobs and drawer pulls.

A Perfect Finished Result

When checking off items from your kitchen update to-do list, choosing the hardware for your cupboards is one of the final pieces. Once you see them all in place, you will love the end result and the beautiful kitchen you can enjoy.