New kitchen cabinets can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a kitchen. While most homeowners focus on the style and finish of kitchen cabinets, few give much thought to one of the most important aspects – the hardware. Consisting of elements such as hinges, handles and gliders that allow drawers to open and close easily, kitchen cabinet hardware can not only affect the visual aesthetic of your kitchen, but its functionality as well. Given the number of choices available on the market, deciding on the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets can be very overwhelming. Below are some tips to help you sort through all the options.
Handles or knobs?
One of the best places to start when trying to choose the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets is with the one piece of hardware that will be prominently displayed on each drawer and cabinet door. Although choosing between knobs or handles is largely personal preference, be sure to consider functionality as well as appearance. If handles are easier for you to use than knobs and you plan to use your kitchen often, it might in your best interests to choose handles over knobs. In addition, look to the elements that make up your kitchen for design cues. For instance, back splashes made of rectangular pieces of tile may match door handles due to their rectangular shape, better than knobs. If, however, your kitchen has more rounded features, knobs may better compliment your kitchen better than handles.
Style and look
Once you have decided between handles or knobs you can then begin to sort through all the hardware options for the one that is right for your kitchen. By choosing knobs or handles, you have narrowed down the field of options by half, making it easier to sort through all the choices available to you. In addition, the remaining visible hardware in your kitchen should match so once you have selected the knobs or handles you like picking the rest should be easy. Although the choice is mostly a matter of personal preference, you do need to consider the design of your kitchen if you want your hardware to match your kitchen’s style. For example, if your kitchen features all stainless steel appliances, then try hardware that has a stainless steel look as opposed to an antiques look. Consider the style and finish of your cabinets as well.
Although most homeowners stop with the visible hardware there’s still a crucial aspect still left to consider – the hidden features. These are the unseen elements of your kitchen that make it efficient and functional, and can include items such as soft closing drawer gliders, under cabinet lighting, in-cabinet plate racks and slide-out trash cans, to name a few. Those choosing to have custom cabinets built should typically be able to get all of the features they want in their cabinets because of they are 100% custom made. Those purchasing cabinets from a home improvement center however may have fewer options due to the fact that not all cabinet manufacturers offer all of the options a custom cabinet maker can.