Thursday, April 24, 2014

Things to Know about Cabinet Hardware

The finishing touch on your cabinets is the hardware that you choose (or don’t choose) to use. Depending on the style you go with for your kitchen, and your preference for cabinet hardware, there are many different options available. Choosing hardware can seem just as overwhelming as picking a finish for the cabinets, because of all the choices - but we’ve got some tips on how to select your hardware.

Placement is Key

Before you start drilling for hardware, you’ll want to do a little “window shopping” to see where it has been placed on cabinets in showrooms. This will give you a solid, visual idea of what works and what doesn’t work on your particular door style. Once you’ve seen how it’s been done, take the time to measure properly and mark where your hardware will be.

Depending on your choice of knobs or pulls you’ll have different places to drill, but generally speaking, your top hole will be drilled 2 ½ to 3 inches from the bottom edge (for wall cabinets) or top edge (for base cabinets) that is opposite the hinge. You’ll want to measure in about ¼ to ½ inch from the edge of the door that is opposite the hinge to make sure there is enough room to firmly hold the hardware.

Choosing Hardware

The options are endless when it comes to cabinet hardware, so browse as many options possible. There are a couple of tips you can keep in mind while you are browsing your options to help narrow down your search. First off, you should consider the style of your kitchen. While you do have many options, some hardware styles and cabinetry styles don’t mix well. Having a traditional or country inspired kitchen won’t go well with sleek pulls for hardware.

Also, think of the cost of each item. To keep within your budget, you’ll want to look at the number of pulls and knobs you need and see how cost effective your choice will be. Some hardware can range in the $1 to $5 per item range, and others can take you well above $100 per piece. Know what your budget is and stick within it.

Another factor in your choice should be finish and maintenance. Some finishes and textures on hardware may be harder to keep clean and looking nice, and with all the other cleaning going on in the kitchen, having to add hardware to that list may not be so pleasant.

Hardware doesn’t have to be something that is tricky or painful to choose. If you look through your options prior to shopping, and keep in mind style and function, you’ll be able to make it out without much stress. Your designer is also a great resource for hardware choices, as they know what will work best with your cabinet style.

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