Purchasing cabinet hardware is not something that should be done on the spur of the moment. When you make a purchasing decision too fast, you are more likely to wind up with short-sighted or superficial answers. However, if you wait too long to make a decision, you may miss out on chances. How do you find a happy medium? Maintain a sense of urgency while having time to think.

Consider what is keeping you in your too-quick decision-making mindset. Maybe your old cabinet hardware has cracked. Or perhaps you’re saying yes to a lot of designs when you should be saying no. Traps like these keep you in triage mode, making reflection on your objectives and style feel like a luxury you can’t afford.

One of the most important reasons not to be rushed or forced into acquiring cabinets or putting in an offer that you are not comfortable with is that it is likely one of the greatest decisions you will make that will impact subsequent purchases, such as cabinets.

When you’re designing a new kitchen, you’re certainly thinking about the big picture: the worktops, cabinets, appliances, and flooring. But we’re here to remind you that even little changes may make a significant effect. That includes hardware, especially in the case of kitchens.

Hardware has a significant influence on the appearance and feel of your kitchen, which is why we frequently recommend updating hardware as a simple update for rental kitchens or when you are unable to renovate. Don’t allow your hardware be an afterthought when considering a new kitchen or a re-design. Deciding on which cabinet hardware to purchase is a tough decision that requires many steps. Here are some suggestions to help you choose the proper kitchen hardware.

1. First decide on which cabinet style

The kind of cabinet hardware you choose will be heavily influenced by the design of your kitchen as well as the type of cabinets you select. Traditional hardware is required for traditionally designed cabinets with more complex face profiles: Cabinets with simple or entirely flat faces look best with simple, sleek knobs and pulls.

Cabinets with simple or entirely flat faces look best with simple, sleek knobs and pulls. Some of the most recent cabinets do not require any hardware at all: Instead, they feature grooves on the door’s edges or are opened by push locks.

2. Make sure the positioning is correct!

Once you’ve selected a kind of hardware you like in a color that complements your kitchen, you’ll need to figure out how to hang it. The table below provides a good visual representation of how each typical size of pull will appear on a cabinet drawer or door.

3. Knobs Vs Pulls

Knobs and Pulls from the Geortree Catalog

Hanging knobs on a flat-front cabinet is simple: place the knob in the bottom corner or top corner for lower cabinets of the door. Knobs should be evenly spaced on both sides of the cabinet.

A guide like this one might assist you in getting the dimensions correct. The precise distance will be determined by the appearance you desire as well as the size of your knobs.

For pulls on a flat front cabinet, the bottom corner of the pull should be equidistant from both sides of the cabinet.