Everything You Need To Know About Cabinet Hardware

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TL;DR

  • When choosing new cabinet hardware, consider both the colors of your kitchen walls as well as existing cabinetry to find the perfect finish.
  • Strive for quality hardware as it can bring a high-end look to a less-than-perfect cabinet door or drawer.
  • Coordinate warmer toned cabinetry with bronze, black or even gold hardware, while utilizing silver, pewter or stainless steel with white or gray-toned cabinetry.
  • Harmonize metal tone hardware with lighting, appliances, faucets and other fixtures in your kitchen or nearby space.
  • Using a template for installation, homemade or manufactured, lowers the chances of drilling mistakes with holes that are made to seat handles, pulls, knobs or back plates.
  • Try a temporary placement of a knob or handle with sticky putty or an adhesive strip.
  • The Cabinet Center experts at Doug Ashy can help you select the cabinet hardware that best suits your needs, as well as help to answer any of your questions or concerns.

 

You may think that updating your cabinet hardware is a cinch but if you don’t have the necessary tools or the appropriate hardware, it may be a more challenging project than you originally anticipated. To help you get a handle on your next cabinet hardware project, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help guide you through the process:

Choosing the Correct Hardware

Choosing the correct hardware is a matter of coordinating pulls, knobs or back plates with the type of cabinetry that you plan on upgrading. When choosing your cabinet hardware, keep the following things in mind:

  • Make sure your new hardware matches the design aesthetic of your kitchen area and coordinates with any cabinets that are already installed.
  • Match or harmonize the new hardware with cabinet color(s) and actual hardware finishes.
  • Coordinate warmer toned cabinetry with bronze, black or even gold hardware, while utilizing silver, pewter or stainless steel with white or gray-toned cabinetry.
  • Your hardware choices don’t necessarily have to match, but you should coordinate with cabinets and other accessory items that are already in your kitchen space or another adjacent area.
  • Harmonize metal tone hardware with lighting, appliances, faucets and other fixtures in your kitchen or nearby space.
  • Strive for quality hardware as it can bring a high-end look to a less-than-perfect cabinet door or drawer.
  • Create a flow from area to area with coordinating hardware finishes, as the look can help to enliven a space and enhance hardware that may be plain and lifeless.
  • Seek out samples of different types of hardware and play around with what looks best or meets your taste in cabinet hardware. Some hardware manufacturers provide samples for a nominal fee.

What You Need to Know

Templates

One way to make cabinet hardware installation accurate and easier is through the use of a handmade or manufactured template. Templates make hardware installation a lot faster as it keeps the area uniform where the hardware is to be placed and it lowers the chances of drilling mistakes with holes that are made to seat handles, pulls, knobs or back plates. Make sure to use an accurate template, particularly if you have a large number of pulls or knobs to install.

Handmade Template

You can make your own template with a piece of cardboard, cardstock or even a thin piece of wood. You will need a ruler or measuring tape, a pencil, a utility knife, a small drill and the appropriate drill bit. Your template can be set to indicate where the hole positions should be drawn to accurately drill for the placement of the knobs or pulls. Use a level if you want to assure that the placement is even.

Manufactured Template

A manufactured template will help you go through the same process. You simply position the template on the cabinet door or drawer in the spot where the knob, handle or pull should go. Mark the spot or spots with a pencil and drill for the right alignment. A template will have a series of designated hole placements with proper measurements in between to assure the accuracy of hole placement.

Most cabinet knobs come with #8 machine screws, which require a 3/16 inch drill bit to drill the proper size opening. If the hole needs to be larger to accommodate a thicker cabinet material, simply increase the size of the drill bit by 1/16 of an inch, and if the screw is not long enough, go up a screw size length by at least 1/4 inch, especially if the cabinet section you are drilling is thicker than the average 3/4 of an inch thickness of most cabinet drawers and doors.

Temporary Fixes

Temporary adhesive fixes with cabinet hardware installation can be a convenient, easy and quick alternative to a template. If you aren’t exactly sure where to place a pull or knob, just take a piece of adhesive putty and place it on the knob or pull and adjust it in different positions until you find the most suitable and level spot. Mark the spot or spots with a pencil, drill your opening and install your hardware.

Let Us Handle Your Questions

The Cabinet Center experts at Doug Ashy can help you select the cabinet hardware that best suits your needs, as well as help to answer any of your questions or concerns. Check out our website to view our full selection of cabinet hardware, as well as links to other hardware resources and information, or visit any of our store location for help selecting the perfect cabinet hardware for your next project.

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