Decorative Cabinet Hardware
DECORATIVE CABINET HARDWARE
Adding or replacing decorative cabinet hardware is one of the easiest facelifts to
your cabinets that you could possibly do. The
handle at right is from Amerock's Inspirations Collection (A01580 EB) Elegant
Brass. It is a very popular pull because it goes with many kitchen styles.
To order or see more, click here or on the picture to go
to it's page at The Woodworkers Depot.
WHAT WILL IT COST, AND WHAT IF MY CABINETS ARE OLD?
If your cabinets are in pretty good shape and not too dated, changing pulls
or knobs really is an easy thing to do. You'll need to invest $100 to $300
on average to replace all the pulls and knobs in your kitchen (I'm figuring
25-30 or so pulls or knobs).
If your cabinets look really old, brand new decorative cabinet hardware might
stand out like a sore thumb. Depending on the situation, though, you could
add rustic pulls or knobs to your cabinets, and they'd still look good.
Your cabinets might also just need a good cleaning to get them sparkling
Go to our Cleaning Wood Kitchen Cabinets page from our
Decorative Cabinet Hardware page to see how easy it is.
CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES. HOW DO I CHOOSE?
If you are starting fresh, and don't already have pull or knob holes
in your doors or drawer fronts (good for you!), the choices are almost endless.
You can get 3" center pulls, or knobs, or 96mm, or 128mm, or anything you want.
Keep in mind though, that handles with 3" centers are the most common
decorative cabinet hardware that there is. If you ever want to change
handles in the future, there will certainly be tons of choices. If you go
with, say 128mm handles, your future choices will be limited.
Replacing What You've Got:
If you already have pulls, knobs, or both, then you must keep that
in mind when choosing hardware. You have some alternatives, but you may be
- If you have pulls, measure the distance from
mid-point to mid-point of each hole. This will give you the size pull
you will need. You will often find they are 3" centers.
- If they are 3" centers, you are in luck, because you
will find most styles of decorative cabinet hardware are available
with 3" centers.
- If you have a measurement other than 3", you can
look for that size. It may be difficult to find pulls that fit those
holes. If you do find something in that measurement, it might not be the
style you like.
What you can do if you have odd sized holes or need
to cover the holes left by previous handles:
- Add a back-plate to your door or drawer front
before you put your pull or knob on. You can simply drill new holes that
work for your new handles. In this way, no one will see the old holes
because they will be covered up by the back-plate.
- Another easy alternative is to put two knobs
where the pull holes were. With this option, you are only limited in the
knob's diameter. You will want to make sure the knobs aren't so big that they will be
touching each other.
STYLE, I'M INTERESTED IN STYLE!! WHAT'S
DECORATIVE CABINET HARDWARE?
Recent years have seen a surge in sleek, new styling. There are
literally thousands of styles of pulls, knobs, and back-plates to choose from.
Anything from contemporary to rustic, colored or clear glass to solid brass.
You will also find several choices in theme based hardware. There are
several choices for children's rooms, hunting themes, fishing, bugs,
butterflies, frogs, and stones to name a few.
There are even pulls out there that look like knives, forks, and spoons.
To check out what you see here and more, click on the
pictures, or here to link up to The Woodworkers Depot.
Popular finishes to choose from include:
- Oil Rubbed Bronze
- Polished Brass or Chrome
- Brushed, Satin, or Sterling Nickel
- Brushed Brass
- Black Nickel
- Flat Black
- Antique English (a bronze looking type)
- Wrought Iron
- Weathered Nickel
- Rustic Bronze
- Burnished Bronze
- Stainless Steel
- Anodized Aluminum
- Ceramic and Ceramic Crackle Finishes (be careful
- ceramic looks nice, but will crack easily)
There are several other decorative cabinet hardware finishes to choose from
too, including solid
colors and several actual woods.
Some brand names that manufacture good and
reasonably priced hardware include:
- Wood Technology
Along with several others.
GETTING A BIT MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT COST:
The cost will vary as much as how many styles are out there.
- You might find small knobs for as little as $2.00
or less a piece.
- Several pulls fall into the $3.00 to $6.00 range
- If you are going for a contemporary, sleek
European style, where the pulls can be as long as 12" or more, you may pay
$25.00 or more for each pull
- Some glass knobs and pulls can also run you into
some money, from the low teens to as high as $40.00 each.
- Pulls for appliances (if you have a wooden insert
over your appliance) can be quite costly as well, over $20.00, on up.
Be sure to count each door and drawer front you have,
twice. You'd be upset with yourself if you ordered your pulls or
knobs online or made a special trip to a hardware store, just to find you are
short one pull or knob! It's been done!!
WHERE TO GET DECORATIVE CABINET
- As you've seen sprinkled throughout this page,
is one resource for decorative cabinet hardware. There are several
- Home-improvement type stores carry decorative
- You may even be lucky enough to find just what you're looking for at your
local thrift store. If you can, you'll no doubt save money.
- If you enjoy garage-sale-ing or auctions, you may find something there.
Usually, though, when you use those types of venues, you will be very limited in
your choices and only find a few of what you need.
BOTTOM LINE: GET WHAT YOU LOVE
The possibilities are endless. Look for decorative cabinet hardware
that is not only practical and will last a long time, but that you also fall in
love with and enjoy!!
And remember - HAVE A HAPPY KITCHEN!!!
Return to our Hardware for Kitchen Cabinets page from Decorative Cabinet Hardware.
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Amerock Kitchen Hardware - Top 10
reasons to purchase Amerock Kitchen Hardware.
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get the look of antique, the latest antique looks, and the Top 3 ways to find
antique kitchen hardware.
Brass Cabinet Hardware - Meet the finish that
never goes on a date, but never gets Out-Dated ;-)
Cleaning Wood Kitchen Cabinets - It's Easy -
you don't need "secret" cleansers or be a pro. This page tells you how!!
Hardware for Kitchen Cabinets - It's what's on the
inside that counts!
Oil Rubbed Bronze Cabinet Hardware -
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Stainless Steel Cabinet Hardware
- Whether you match your appliances or are going
Retro - spend the money on quality stainless, or get great similar products for
a lot less.
The Woodworkers Depot
- Online Hardware Store. Great Prices, Great Products.