Cabinet Hardware 101

Tips and tricks for the knobs and pulls.

08 March 2021 -

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, hardware is an easy way to make a big impact in your space. Whether it’s swapping dated hardware for something new or picking cabinet hardware for a brand-new space, it adds so much to the overall design. A small detail packs a big punch.

However, when the hardware is poorly placed, it can make an otherwise amazing space look off. That’s why we’ve decided to pull together a few small tricks for making sure you place your hardware correctly. We know that placing knobs and pulls on cabinets can be difficult. We hope to make it easier with some tips we’ve learned along the way.

No. 01 | Traditional Spaces

No. 02 | Modern Spaces

No. 03 | Wide Drawers

No. 04 | Built-In Appliances

No. 05 | Knob Placement

No. 01 | Traditional Spaces

In traditional spaces, the general rule to follow is knobs are for doors and pulls are for drawers. Sometimes Shea and the design team will break this rule for small drawers or small spaces, like bathrooms, but in general, it’s a good rule of thumb to guide you in a traditional home.

From the Crestview Home project

No. 02 | Modern Spaces

For modern or transitional spaces, knobs and pulls can be used interchangeably. You can add pulls on all cabinetry for a sleek look or use long pulls vertical and horizontal.

From the Home on the Bay project

No. 03 | Wide Drawers

When drawers are 24″ or wider, we often like to double up on knobs or pulls. To place this hardware correctly, divide the drawer into thirds and place the hardware in the left and right portions of the drawer.

From the Park City Contemporary project

From theMcGee Home

No. 04 | Built-In Appliances

For built-in refrigerators, make sure to purchase appliance pulls. This will ensure your pulls are proportional to the larger paneled doors and drawers.

From the Studio McGee Spec Home

No. 05 | Knob Placement

There are a few different approaches to take when installing knobs. For a more modern feel, place the knobs so the bottom of the knob (in upper cabinetry) and the top of the knob (in base cabinetry) is flush with the edge of the frame.

From the Home on the Bay project

Date Posted
08 March 2021