How To Choose Hardware for Kitchen Cabinets

It’s no secret that a beautiful kitchen is one of the most desirable features in a home. The kitchen is widely considered to be your main space for gathering in the home, and we are seeing many homeowners invest in upgrading this space. If you’ve recently started a kitchen remodel project, it may be time to shop for hardware for kitchen cabinets, and you may be asking yourself how to go about picking your cabinet pulls.

Here’s our advice on how to choose the right hardware for your kitchen.

Factors To Consider When Choosing Hardware for Kitchen Cabinets

Once you begin your hunt for kitchen cabinet hardware, you’ll discover that there are a lot of options available. It’s easy to become a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices you have. The last thing you want to do is make a rapid or ill-informed decision, then discover later that you don’t like the hardware you selected. To help you successfully narrow down your options and choose the best hardware for kitchen cabinets, here are some factors to consider while shopping.

kitchen design with brass hardware for cabinets
While you want your kitchen cabinetry hardware to be beautiful, you also want it to be easy to use and fully functional. Render by Beam.

Make Comfort a Top Priority

There are a lot of fancy handles and knobs you can purchase for your cabinets, but some of them are designed primarily for visual interest and beauty rather than comfort. While you want your kitchen hardware to be beautiful, you also want it to be easy to use and fully functional. So perhaps those pineapple-shaped knobs aren’t the best choice for your kitchen drawers after all!

Before committing to a purchase, take a minute to hold the handle or knob in your hand and make sure it’s comfortable to grasp. If you are buying online and you can’t hold the hardware in your hand, you should consider ordering a single knob as a sample or at least try to visualize yourself grasping and using the handle or knob. If you think it will be too bulky or too small to comfortably hold while you open your cabinet door or drawer, it’s wise to move on to a more user-friendly selection.

When selecting the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets, carefully consider what style you prefer. Design by Mia Ketterling, Render by Beam.

Figure Out Your Style

There are five main styles of hardware for kitchen cabinets:

  1. Transitional
  2. Rustic
  3. Contemporary
  4. Eclectic
  5. Traditional

When selecting the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets, carefully consider what style you prefer. There are many different handle options that fall into each of the above-mentioned styles, so you’ll always have plenty of choices. Traditional-style hardware is pretty versatile and looks good in a variety of kitchens. But if you have a rustic-style kitchen, you’d be better off choosing hardware with a bronze or simple black finish.

Choose a Hardware Material Type

Choosing a durable material is key when shopping for hardware for kitchen cabinets. Well-made options ensure your knobs and pulls withstand the test of time. Here are some of the hardware material options from which you can choose:

Each of these material types can lend a completely different look to your cabinets. Don’t forget that you can further customize the look of your hardware by selecting different types of finishes.

Select an Attractive Finish

When it comes to hardware for kitchen cabinets, the finish is everything. There are so many gorgeous options to choose from, including:

  • Gold (or brass)
  • Satin or brushed nickel
  • Oil-rubbed bronze
  • Chrome (or polished nickel)

This is just a small sample of some of the different finish types available. When selecting a finish, take the entire scheme of your kitchen and home into account. If you have gold handles on all of the doors throughout your home, you’ll probably want gold handles on your kitchen cabinets and drawers, as well. Matching your hardware as much as possible will make your home look more cohesive and your design choices more intentional.

edge pull hardware for kitchen cabinets
Considering an edge pull for your kitchen cabinet hardware? Size, finish, and functionality should all factor into your decision when choosing hardware for kitchen cabinets. 

Figure Out Your Size Needs

Not all drawers and cabinets are the same size, which means you’ll need to carefully size your cabinet hardware to make sure it fits your needs. You always want your cabinets and hardware to be in the right proportion so they complement each other instead of looking strange or off-balance.

For large cabinet doors, you’ll want large pulls or knobs that fit the available space properly and make it easy to open the doors with minimal effort. Smaller cabinet doors, on the other hand, are best paired with small knobs or pulls that don’t overwhelm them in size.

As far as positioning goes, you’ll notice that most pulls are positioned vertically on cabinets and horizontally on drawers. While this tends to look the best in most situations, it is not a hard-and-fast rule. You may find that placing pulls horizontally on your cabinets can create a more modern aesthetic. Look at pictures of kitchens with pulls placed in different directions to determine which look you admire most, or consider creating a render of your space to make the final call on your hardware and other material decisions.

Above all, make sure the final positioning matches the style of your kitchen and home.

Many people place knobs on cabinet drawers, but you can use pulls as well. Pulls on drawers are convenient and make it easier to open the drawer. They are also aesthetically appealing. If you have a traditional-style home, you want the length of your pulls to be about one-third of the cabinet drawer’s length. In contemporary homes, the pull length can be as much as two-thirds of the total cabinet drawer length. The pull should be placed in the middle of the drawer for optimal aesthetic appeal and function.

Also, consider integrated hardware when designing your kitchen cabinets. This is a sleek alternative to cabinetry hardware, frequently used to create a more modern look and feel.

Get the Perfect Hardware for Kitchen Cabinets Today

Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home. Taking time to research and carefully consider your different options for materials, from flooring to faucets to cabinetry pulls, will pay dividends in your design in the long run. For more guidance on the many decisions you will need to make during the course of your kitchen remodel, read our Ultimate Guide to A Kitchen Remodel.

The hardware you use on your cabinet doors and drawers can have a huge impact on the overall appearance and functionality of your space. Ready to get started on your project today? Book time to chat with a Remodel Expert from Beam, and ask us whatever you are wondering about! We're here to help guide your remodel to success.