How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
Choosing the right hardware for your cabinet doors and drawers should be the most enjoyable part of your kitchen or bath project. After all, you've endured weeks or months of visiting showrooms, meeting with designers, salespeople, contractors, and the disruption of having your kitchen or bathroom demolished. Now all you have to do is pick out a knob or pull and you're done. Simple.
Your optimism is short-lived. For what you will find when you search for cabinet hardware on the internet is a multitude of retailers offering tens of thousands of knobs and pulls in numerous finishes and styles. You will quickly discover that choosing the right knobs and pulls can be difficult, time-consuming and frustrating.
We would like to give you some ammunition that will enable you to fight your way through this hardware jungle and make an informed decision. Here are some things you need to know when shopping for cabinet hardware.
Center to Center - the distance from the CENTER of one screw hole to the CENTER of the other screw hole. This is the standard industry measurement for sizing cabinet handles.
Overall Length - the distance from one end of the pull to the other end. This measurement is always greater than the center to center measurement.
Projection - measures how far the pull or knob sticks out from the surface of the cabinet door or drawer once it is installed.
Diameter - while self-explanatory in a round knob, the diameter of a pull or handle, if given, generally refers to the width or thickness of the bar portion of the pull (the part you grab).
While it is relatively easy to ascertain the look of finishes like Stainless Steel, Matte Black and Chrome from a picture on the internet, varying degrees of shine and color variation is common on most other finishes and not always readily discernible from a picture. A perfect example of this is the very popular Oil Rubbed Bronze which comes in shades ranging from brown to near black depending upon the manufacturer: