How to buy and match Kitchen Cabinet Handles

By on March 14, 2021 in Kitchen with 0 Comments

Kitchen cabinet handles may seem like just mundane hardware.  With hundreds of styles to choose from, they can dress up your kitchen cabinets any way you want. Selecting the right style to suit your kitchen may not be as easy as it seems, as some handles just don’t function as well as others.

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There are basically two types of handles, knobs and pulls :

Kitchen Cabinet Handle – Knobs

Are attached to a drawer or door with just one screw and is usually round in shape, with no sharp edges to contend with.

Kitchen Cabinet Handle – Pulls

Pull also called handles, on the other hand, have two screws. The height of a cabinet pull is the distance that it projects out from the cabinet. The longer the pull the easier it is to pull out the drawer and there is more room for fingers. This is an important factor for the in-firmed and people with arthritic hands.

When purchasing new cabinet handles consider the aesthetic look they will give to the overall look of the kitchen cabinets and drawers.  Changing just the handles might just give the kitchen a new refreshed look.

Which kitchen cabinet handles are right for your kitchen?

Knobs versus Pulls

Consider the practicalities of both.  Knobs are harder to grasp and pull because they utilize finger strength to clutch the knob. Cabinet pulls allow more finger room thus making it easier to use. How a knob or pull feels in your hand is important.

Size matters as the smaller the knob or pulls the harder it is to use.  Always keep in mind that both knobs and pulls will get dirty over time in a kitchen so consider ease of cleaning. Intricate designs may be harder to clean and pulls with sharp points can be dangerous.

The finishing on knobs and pulls vary depending on the material used in the manufacturing of them. Be aware that brass cabinet handles will tarnish and oil-rubbed bronze will rub and wear to reveal a different color over time.

Obviously when purchasing kitchen cabinet handles online it is difficult to get the feel of them as you can’t judge how they will feel in your hand. The most effective way to counteract that problem is to go to a hardware store.  So visually you know what they will look like and how they will feel.

Pricing check online

Always price check, it might be more cost-effective to purchase them from the local hardware outlet than on-line.

Matching the cabinet handles to compliment the style of the kitchen is important. Browse through the selection on display and choose contemporary ones if that is the style of your kitchen. Metallic ones may suit the new benchtop that you have refaced. Wrought iron or pewter will achieve a colonial or country look.

If you want some fun style in the room, go for novelty handles.  If you do, just be mindful that comfort and practicality should be paramount in a kitchen.

 You will find a large selection of kitchen cabinet handles at Walmart, Lowes, Target, and Home Depot.  If you go shopping take a color swatch of your kitchen cabinets and any fabric that is being used in the room to match.

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