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Cabinet Handles

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

Cabinet handles, they're everywhere.

Cabinet handles hardware offers an affordable way of adding personality to your decor. cabinet knobs, cabinet drawer pulls, cabinet handles, and cupboard catches are the most common types of cabinet handles and draw hardware.

Cabinet Handles aka Knobs and cabinet pulls can be used with furniture or cabinets, and there are no rules for their placement.

You can think of cabinet handles as both artistic and functional accentuation's. One key difference between cabinet handles is that cabinet knobs are installed with a single screw while cabinet pulls are installed with two screws.

If you are replacing a cabinet handle pull, remember to measure each screw from the centre to the centre to determine the size pull you need to replace it identically. If you patch the holes or use a back plate, however, you'll increase your options.

Notable cabinetmakers like Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite have enhanced their exquisite furniture with hardware through the centuries.

The Chinese-influenced Chippendale period (1750 to 1785) included large, heavy brasses in the shape of bat wings. Hepplewhite (1785 to 1815) featured stamped oval brass pulls with concentric circle back plates.

Certain ages for cabinet handles hardware include:

  • the time of William and Mary (1690 to 1720) with cotter pin-attached teardrop cast-brass cabinet pulls on dressers

  • Period of the Queen Anne (1720 to 1750), showing engraved brass back cabinet pulls with narrow bail (half circle)

  • Sheraton pulls (1785 to 1815), with back and round cabinet bail pulls

  • And the period of the American Empire, during which animal motifs such as lion heads became popular

  • Around 1860 to 1910, the Victorian era incorporated cabinet teardrop pulls and extremely decorated engraved brass parts, porcelain knobs and wooden knobs, as well as built-in pantry and kitchen cabinets with bronze and brass crescent lifts, cupboard catches, and plain knobs.

When replacing cabinet handles hardware, be sure it'll be sturdy enough to actually work. And remember to use slotted screws if you want a period look — Phillips head screws are a 1940s invention.

Cabinet Handle aka knobs and cabinet pulls do not have to be of the same design, but their finishes should be consistent with the other room hardware (and note to harmonise with any exposed hinges as well).

A single cabinet handle knob or cabinet handle pull is typically used on drawers that are less than 18 "(45.7 cm) long, whereas drawers that are greater than 18" (45.7 cm) have two knobs or two pulls.

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One of the easiest and cheapest ways to add sparkle to kitchen cabinets or ho-hum dressers is to replace the cabinet handles. As with many trends these days, everything goes from the Colonial wooden buttons to the Victorian bin, to modern new cabinet handles hardware like metal fish, pineapples or seashell shapes. But matching hardware set — pulls, backplates, and hinges — is the most common approach.

The best substitute hardware for your old cabinet handles fittings will have the same dull dimensions — the width between the middle of the screw holes. Careful measurement will help to determine the appropriate size of the cabinet pull or cabinet handle. When you can't find the cabinet handle hardware with the same dull dimensions, use the back plate with the fresh cabinet handles to cover the same screw gaps.

Nearly all cabinet knobs, levers, and handles come with fastening screws, but if you're searching for an historically fitting look in your kitchen, you're going to want to use slotted screws. This, of course, won’t be a problem if you fasten the cabinet handles from the inside of the drawer.

The easiest way to mark cabinets and drawers for cabinet hardware positioning is to use the jig diagram.This handy tool will save time and make measurements more accurate. Double-check how many cabinet pulls and cabinet knobs you will need before starting a project. It could be a pain to get halfway through the build and find that you don't have enough back plates or drawers for the amount of cabinets in your kitchen.

Cabinet handles is the finishing touch of the cabinets and drawers and should be well integrated with the overall design. For example, hammered Craftsman pulls look great against a natural wood tone, but are less suited to a brightly painted cabinet.

As a rule, the cabinet handles hardware pulls and knobs should not be more than half the width of the door of the cabinet. Otherwise, the hardware might look overwhelming and out of proportion to the rest of the space.

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