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August 29, 2018

CABINET KNOB PULLS VS. HANDLES

Cabinet hardware like knobs, pulls and other handles help enhance both the look and functionality of your kitchen. These attractive pieces of hardware make it easier to open your cabinets and also prevent whatever might be on your hands from dirtying the kitchen cabinet doors or drawer fronts.

Choosing between knobs and pulls, however, takes a lot of consideration, as each type offers different advantages and suits unique styles. When making your decision, make sure the handles you pick feel natural when you handle them and mesh well with your kitchen's decor. You'll need to consider the look you're trying to achieve, your budget, the style of your kitchen, the weight of your drawers, the ease of cleaning and various other factors. 

Here, we'll go over the pros and cons of kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls so you can make a more informed decision. 

KNOBS

Knobs are one of the most basic hardware items in a kitchen, and they're easy to replace. In fact, you can often install them using just one screw. Knobs come in different shapes, sizes and materials, with the most common including marble, glass, zinc, ceramic, brass and stainless steel. Some of the most common shapes include round, square and birdcage. You also have many novelty knobs to choose from, which will allow you to express your creativity in the kitchen. 

PROS OF CABINET KNOBS

PROS OF CABINET KNOBS

Some pros of cabinet knobs in your kitchen include: 

  • Many options are available: The options available for knobs are virtually endless — you can spring for a luxurious one as an accent for a formal, elegant kitchen or go with something more economical. Whether you want knobs that are large or small, round or square, you'll find what you're looking for. 
  • Knobs are slightly more affordable:Knobs cost a bit less than pulls. High-end knobs will be a bit more costly, but you'll have plenty of options when choosing more economical knobs.
  • The installation is easy: You can install a knob in just a few minutes, and your kitchen will be transformed. They're generally installed with a single screw, so all you have to do is unscrew your existing knob and put on the new one. 
  • Round knobs cannot be crooked: Knobs are fixed using screws, and screws tend to get loose with time. If you choose a round knob, no matter how loose the screw gets, it will never appear crooked. For knobs that aren't round, like novelty and square options, some brands feature brads at the base that stick to the cabinet to prevent the knob from rotating. 

CONS OF CABINET KNOBS

Some things to consider if you're choosing knobs for your kitchen cabinets include: 

  • They're sometimes difficult to clean:If you choose novelty knobs or elaborate knobs like birdcage options, you may have some difficulty cleaning them. Remember that they will get dirty, whether it's from dirty hands, spills or grease splatters. So, even though personalized knobs provide your kitchen with flair, if you can't clean them easily, you'll probably need to replace them soon.
  • They're harder to grab: In comparison to pulls, knobs are more difficult to grab and pull. This can be a problem for people with disabilities like arthritis.
  • Knobs may catch on your clothing:Although pulls that extend off the cabinet face can also catch clothing, knobs are known to do it, too. Depending on where the knobs are located, their shape and size, they can catch on your clothing.
  • Certain cabinet knobs can become crooked:Remember that novelty knobs and square knobs may appear unbalanced once the screw loosens. Although the fix is easy, many homeowners get annoyed by the look of unbalanced knobs. The solutions here are to choose round options or select ones designed to avoid rotating.

PULLS

Cabinet door pulls or handles are also quite easy to install and generally require two screws. Many lengths are available as well, although the most common length is between 3 and 4 inches. Note that it may be best to choose standard sizes should you decide to swap your cabinet handles in the future.

To determine the length you'd like for your cabinet handles, mark your cabinets using painter's tape. You'll get a visual for where to install cabinet pulls and how big yours should be.

PROS OF CABINET HANDLES

Homeowners choose cabinet door pulls because of these pros:

  • They come in a variety of styles:Like cabinet knobs, handles come in an array of styles, like birdcage, drop handle, arch and bar.
  • They offer sleeker designs:While cabinet knobs come in straight and sleek styles, they often stick out a bit more than handles do. Cabinet pulls can sit more flush to doors and drawers, making it easier to navigate small kitchens without catching on the hardware.
  • They're suitable for doors and drawers: Some homeowners choose pulls for a cohesive look in both upper and lower cabinets. You can install pulls vertically on doors and horizontally on drawers for efficient operation and a stylish finish.

CONS OF CABINET HANDLES

Consider the following before you decide to install pulls on cabinet doors:

  • You need to carefully consider size: Length is a very important consideration, because if a pull is too small, the cabinet will feel overpowering. Also, a small pull might eventually warp. If the pull is too big, it can feel overwhelming or look incorrect for the door.
  • It takes a bit more effort to install:With a cabinet knob, you'll only need to determine the location for one screw. Cabinet pulls involve leveling and marking out where to install the handles. 

HOW TO CHOOSE KNOBS VS. PULLS

HOW TO CHOOSE KNOBS VS. PULLS 

Deciding between kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls will depend on your personal preferences and existing kitchen features. You might choose to complement or match your hardware to your appliances or details on your appliances. Along with style, you should think about the shape and style of your cabinets:

  • Shaker cabinetshave sleek and simple lines. The flexible design style means shaker cabinets suit pulls and handles in a variety of options. You could also consider round knobs. Nickel, steel glass and ceramic knobs or pulls are also commonly used on shaker cabinets. Vintage shaker cabinet pulls with exposed screws can make a kitchen feel classic or industrial, while tube-shaped handles create a modern look. Opt for flat, bar-styled pulls for a contemporary style.
  • Slab cabinets have an even smoother design than shaker cabinets as they consist of a flat panel. You'll commonly find slab cabinet doors in contemporary and modern homes since they're more minimalist. Use equally minimal pieces of hardware that feature straight lines. A stainless steel bar looks industrial, while extended bar pulls offer a dramatic touch. Flat bar pulls in black shades are ultra-modern and complement straight lines with their square edges.
  • Raised panel cabinets take the framed look of a shaker cabinet and add a panel to the center for more detail. You'll often find raised panel cabinets in classic kitchens and country styles. Complement cathedral and arch panels with knobs or handles with rounded details. For square raised panels, consider sleeker hardware options like bar handles. If you want to let the cabinet door stand out, consider doors with grooves or channels that let you open them and add interest with visible hinges.
  • Beadboard cabinetsare available in shaker and recess panel styles. Beadboard adds texture, dimension and parallel lines to your cabinet, creating a cottage-chic style. Since beadboard cabinets appear in classic kitchens, choose detailed knobs and handles for a vintage feel in warm shades like brass. Add exposed hinges for another classic decorative feature.

While these guidelines should help point you in the right direction, they are not hard-set rules. It ultimately comes down to your personal preferences, your functionality needs and the style of your kitchen. If you're worried the hardware you choose may affect the resale value of your home, remember that the most popular finishes are nickel, satin and bronze. 

TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT HARDWARE

TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT HARDWARE 

Here are some general tips to help you choose the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets:

1. WAIT TO PICK YOUR HARDWARE

It's always a good idea to pick your kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls last. Here are a few good reasons why:

  • New kitchen cabinet hardware enhances your cabinets: Cabinet knobs and handles are the finishing touches that can take your cabinet's appearance to the next level. Choose all the other elements first so you can make the best hardware decision possible — one that really "wows" your family and friends. 
  • The hardware is easily changeable:You can always change your cabinet hardware whenever you want. The cabinets themselves will be the same for years to come unless you refresh the door and drawer fronts. Take the time to choose the right cabinets before deciding on your cabinet hardware. 
  • Cabinet hardware is easy to upgrade: When it comes to choosing your hardware, a tight budget is perfectly fine. Pick something that fits your budget now to hold you over until you can upgrade to something you enjoy more in the future. 

2. KNOW WHETHER YOU WANT KNOBS OR PULLS ON YOUR CABINET DOORS

You should choose a hardware style you feel comfortable keeping for the long haul. While you can always change your cabinet hardware, replacing knobs with pulls or vice versa could leave behind holes where the old screws used to be. You may be able to hide these holes on painted cabinet doors, but this process can be a challenge on cabinet doors with exposed wood. Filling the holes with wood putty is an option, but hiding the holes with hardware or getting new door fronts is the best outcome. 

Keep in mind that it is easier to change a knob into a handle. But going from a handle to a knob will always leave at least one hole exposed. When going from an old handle to a new handle, remember you can always use the same length screws or longer, but shorter handles may reveal screw marks. 

3. KNOW WHEN TO USE EACH TYPE

Pulls and knobs each have ideal situations for when to use them. If you want to get the best appearance from your kitchen cabinet hardware, you should try to pair your hardware with your cabinets in the best way possible. One rule to remember is that if a hinge is present — like with a cabinet door — you should use a knob. If a side is present — like in a drawer front — you should use a pull. 

You can break this rule anytime as it all comes down to preferences. Knobs provide a classy vintage appearance, and pulls are perfect for both contemporary and traditional designs. This rule comes down to practicality, as knobs make opening cabinets easier and pulls are the ideal option for sliding drawers. 

4. COMPLEMENT CABINET HARDWARE TO FAUCETS AND FIXTURES

The finish on your kitchen cabinet knobs or pulls doesn't have to exactly match your faucet or lighting finishes within your kitchen or bath, but they should complement each other. Having all different finishes throughout your kitchen can make the room feel unplanned. Matching these finishes will provide a cohesive look that shows you took the time to design your kitchen to have the best appearance possible. 

5. REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS UPGRADE LATER

Above, you learned that going with more affordable hardware is a fine choice in the short term because you can always upgrade later. But remember that when it comes to cabinet hardware, you do get what you pay for. While it could be wise to go with the cheaper option now, it could also be in your best interest to save up for better hardware that will look and work great for years to come. 

When it is time to change your hardware, the process can be quick and easy. If your new hardware's holes line up over your existing ones, then you're in luck and may be able to do the project yourself. If you need to drill new holes, you can call a local contractor to make sure they do it right the first time. The last thing you want to do is inflict unnecessary damage on your cabinet doors or drawer fronts. 

6. CONSIDER THE NUMBER OF DOORS AND DRAWERS

Cabinet hardware tends to look best when used in multiple places so no pull or knob is the odd one out. Therefore, it will be easier to make multiple hardware styles work if your kitchen is larger and has more drawers and doors. 

If you have fewer than 20 drawers and doors in your kitchen, you should limit yourself to two hardware types. If your kitchen is smaller and has fewer than 12 drawers and doors, we recommend sticking to just one handle style or create interest in another way, such as an open shelf. While this isn't a hard-and-fast rule, it can help you create a look that is more organized. 

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