Hardware Doesn't Need To Be Hard Choices
“As if life didn’t already overwhelm me with decisions; now I have to choose the hardware for my cabinets too!”
Well… yes, you do! Stop fretting. I am excited for you! This is the fun part! You are making your home uniquely you! What could be better than that?! And you can tell that I am being genuine by how many “!” I have used :)
Let me help get you started. This is good to know info so that you are good to go on your choices.
Step 1: The Pulls or Knobs Dilemma
Knobs are smaller and offer a bit more flexibility because they can be installed on both drawers and doors of almost any size. Pulls on the other hand are easier to grasp, especially for those who suffer from arthritis.
Don’t be afraid to mix them. Some prefer to use all knobs, or all pulls but using both can be quite aesthetically pleasing.
Step 2: What’s Your Style?
Think about what style best suits your space. What will feel the most functional for your everyday life? Modern Hardware tends to be very popular now as it can finish off cabinets beautifully whether you’re going for a modern, farmhouse, mid-century, or minimalist look.
Keep in mind quality materials are a must. Think of how many times you and your family open a drawer and cupboard door in a day. You need high-quality materials that won’t chip or show too much wear after just a few short months. If you choose a metal option, go with 100% metal to ensure it will stand up to daily wear and tear.
Don’t be afraid to mix metals. Nothing is required to match anymore! Life is eclectic after all.
The space should reflect your personal style, so have fun!
Step 3: Will It Fit?
Lastly, be mindful of size. The goal is to keep your design spatially pleasant. Small drawers, 12” or less, generally look best dressed up with a 3” to 4” pull or a 1” knob.
Medium drawers, 13”-30”, generally look best dressed up with a 4” to 8” pull or a 1” to 1 ½” knob.
Large drawers, 30”-48”, generally look best dressed up with an 8” or longer pull, or two 4”- 8” pulls
or two 1”-1 ½” knobs.
Step 4: Go have fun, find your style and make your room uniquely you!