Selecting the Perfect Hardware for your Cabinets

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jun 30, 2014 4:30:00 PM

People underestimate how cabinet knobs and pulls can affect not only the look Decorative_hardwareand feel of their kitchen, but how well they function in their kitchen.  They are the one item we put in our kitchen and bathrooms that can either add the perfect finishing touch or in some cases distract from the look we are going for.

The trouble with hardware for many people is that they say it’s one of the most difficult items to decide whether it will look good or not. They can visualize their kitchen from a sample cabinet door. They can hold countertop samples up to the cabinet door to get the picture. But for many it’s more difficult to feel comfortable that the piece of hardware they like will look good on their cabinet.


Questions to Ask Yourself

Do you want knobs or pulls?   Pulls tend to give a more elegant look, whereas knobs have a simpler look.  Some people opt for a combination of both.

What style are you looking for?   A lot of this will depend on the cabinet and countertop that you choose.  Knobs and pulls come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  If you have more of a contemporary kitchen you will probably want simple shapes like flat squares and circles.  More traditional kitchens look better with more decorative and ornate handles and knobs.

What material do you want? Once you’ve picked the style than you need to decide what material goes best with your cabinets.  They are made of glass, wood, and different types of metals.  You will want to find something that accents and shows off your cabinets.  Your kitchen designers can show you a variety of options.


If you feel like it’s difficult to visualize hardware on your cabinets, here are some things to consider. 

First – Choose from the hardware you can see and touch. If you’re choosing from a website or magazine, you’re making a leap of faith on the result. Go to your kitchen showroom and hold the different options up to the cabinet you like to see how it would look. This is the surest way to know what the result will look and feel like.

Second – See if you can find a finished picture with similar hardware. If you see your hardware on a finished kitchen, it can help you get the feel for it even if it’s on a different cabinet that yours. 

Here are some ideas to get you started. Click here for a gallery on HGTV.

Our kitchen experts at Brakur in the Chicagoland area can help you select the right knob and pulls for your cabinets so you will get the perfect look.  Contact Us to set up an appointment.

Click below to get your guide for popular designs.

Popular Designs Guide



Topics: Tips and Advice, Cabinetry, Chicagoland, Hardware

Located in Shorewood, Il, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Inc. has been providing high quality locally manufactured cabinetry since 1965. Brakur is the largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry in Northern Illinois with a 100,000 plus square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and more than 80 employees.

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