How To Choose Cabinet Door Hardware

Written by: Erica Spangler
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Cabinet Pulls and Knob Sizing

Measuring Pulls

Replacing Pulls?

Measure the distance between the two holes. You will want to match this measurement (in inches) to the center to center measurement (in inches) of a new pull. Then make sure that the width will not obstruct other pulls. Lastly, make sure that the extension is not sticking out too far.

Adding New Pulls?

You will want to consider the center to center measurement and the total width of the pull. Make sure that if you are adding two pulls that they have enough distant apart and that they are not sticking out too far.

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Measuring Knob Placement

One Knob

Make sure to center the knob's screw in the middle of a drawer or place the knob on the frame of the cabinet door.

Two Knobs

Measure the total width of your drawer. Divide the number by 3 and mark the drawer into 3 sections. Place each knob at the two markings. This will look balanced and keep the weight of pulling our your drawer balanced.

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Backplates

  • Keep your cabinets protected from your hands' oils with a backplate.
  • Use backplates to cover up holes when switching from a knob to a pull.
  • For a cabinet knob backplate, make sure the backplate diameter is wider than or equal to the knob diameter.
  • Make sure your backplate finish and style will match that of your cabinet knob or pull.
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Cabinet Hardware Design Tips

Rule of Thirds

Have the pull length be 1/3of the drawer length, then center the pull on the cabinet drawer or have two cabinet knobs divide the drawer in thirds.

Pulls and Knobs Combo

Use knobs on doors and use pulls on drawers. Just make sure to match the finish.

Extra Large Pulls

For a more modern look, consider choosing cabinet pulls that are between ½ the size of the drawer or door to ¾ the size of the drawer or door. This example matches the pull width to the door width.

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Catches, Latches & Drawer Slides

Catches

  • Usually grabs the cabinet as it is closing
  • Typically magnetic or a roller catch
  • Great for cabinets that have a hard time closing tight
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Latches

  • Usually clips or swings into place
  • Typically you have to release the latch with your finger
  • Great for added security of what’s inside the cabinet
  • Great for homes with children or curious pets

Example: Say you have a double door cabinet and you want to lock it, you would put a latch on the left one since it has to be mechanically released from the inside, and a cabinet lock or keyed latch on the right one.

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Drawer Slides

  • Makes closing and opening drawers easier
  • Self-closing drawer slides protect from slamming
  • Great for when you have your hands full
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