Where do you put knobs and handles on kitchen cabinets?
Cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls are typically installed between 2 1/2 and 3 inches from the corner of the cabinet doors furthest from the hinges. For upper cabinets, this is the lower corner; on base cabinets, this is the upper corner.
What are the pros & cons of knobs?
Pros for picking Knobs:
You have many options. You will have almost endless options for knobs. You can pick something luxurious to accent an elegant, formal kitchen of something economical. Small or large, wood, or colorful, square or round, there will be an option. You can get detailed and personal when you pick a knob for your kitchen.
Knobs are a bit cheaper. You can purchase a knob for lower than a pull. High end knobs will cost a bit more, but if you are looking for economical, then you will find plenty of inexpensive knobs.
Knobs are really easy to install. You can install them in minutes and they will transform your kitchen. They are put on using a single screw, so you just have to unscrew the old knob and put the new one on.
Round knobs will never be crooked. Knows that are attached by screws, and screws can get lose over time. If you pick a round knob, then it will always be centered. Novelty knobs, knobs that aren’t round, square knobs can lose the center and look like they are unbalanced when the screw becomes loose. However, it isn’t a hard problem to fix, it just can be annoying to see them in our kitchen which is why many people stick to round knobs. There are knob brands that have brads at the base that will stick to the cabinet to prevent it from rotating.
Cons for picking knobs:
- If you pick a novelty knob, or highly embellished knobs they could be hard to clean.
- Knobs are hard to grab. Whenever you compare a knob to pulls, a knob is harder to grab on to and pull on. If a person has a disability or arthritis, then it can be an issue.
- Some knobs can catch on clothing. Although a pull that extends can catch clothing, knobs can do it too. Depending on the location, shape and size of the knob, it can catch on clothing and become annoying.
What are the pros & cons of pull handles?
Pulls are easy to install and they usually take more than 1 screw. Most pulls will require 2 screws and similar to knobs, there are multiple options. The most common pulls will include:
- Ring pulls
- Bar pulls
- Bail/drop handle pull
- Arch pulls
- Bin pulls/ cup pulls
There are a lot of lengths available, but the common one is 3 to 4 inches. Length is vital because if it is too small, the cabinet will be overpowering. This can be a problem with heavy appliance doors. If you are using a small pull, it could warp over time. If it is too large, it can be overwhelming. You can mark your cabinets with painter’s tape to find the length you want.
Should I choose knobs or pull handles?
The choice between knobs vs. pulls isn’t that easy as both have positives and negatives. You should keep in mind that you will be using them every day. Whatever you pick, should feel natural in your hand and flow with the décor of the kitchen. You need to consider the look you are wanting, your budget, the décor and style of the kitchen, ease of use, weight of drawers and ease of cleaning as well as other things.
A few finishes for your Kitchen Cabinets
A handle or knob is a mechanism used to open or close doors on cabinets and drawers in kitchen storage. All modern kitchen cabinets have to have well designed handles/knobs to make it look aesthetic and be functional as well.