03 Dec Cabinet Hardware Placement
Putting the finishes touches on your kitchen remodel includes adding knobs and pulls to your new cabinets. Stylish handles complement and accentuate the colors, lines and textures of your space. Proper cabinet hardware placement and positioning adds function and aesthetic appeal to the overall design.
Traditionally, the rule has been to place knobs on cabinet doors and pulls on cabinet drawers. However, there are always exceptions to these rules, especially when placing hardware on small drawers or in small spaces, or when you want to attain a certain design aesthetic. The variety of hardware materials and finishes available is extensive and includes metal, ceramic, glass and wood. Depending on your design goals, you can choose shiny, brushed, colorful or subdued cabinet hardware for your kitchen.
The style of your cabinetry plays an important part in the placement of hardware. Depending on the configuration, you may have less surface space for a knob or pull. For instance, thinner rails and stiles on the face of the door versus a flat, slab surface creates differing installation options.
Not sure where to install knobs or pulls on your doors and drawers? Here are some quick tips for application.
A knob is the most basic hardware choice for doors and drawers. Knobs use a single screw and are traditionally round or oval. However, you can also find them in shapes such as square and T-shape.
Cabinet knobs are positioned opposite door hinges. On wall cabinets, place knobs 2” to 2-1/2” from the bottom corner of the door. For base cabinets, place them 2” to 2-1/2” from the upper corner of the door.
For cabinet drawers, position the knob directly in the center of the drawer front. If you have a mix of drawer depth sizes, you can adjust the placement of knobs to better align with one another and create a cohesive, proportioned look across cabinets.
For drawers that are 24” or wider, it’s a good idea to add a second knob to balance the pull when the drawer is opened. Simply divide the drawer into thirds and place one knob at the 1/3 point and one knob at the 2/3 point.
For pull-out storage cabinets, such as wastebasket bins and spice racks, center the knob 2” to 2-1/2” inches from the top of the cabinet face.
Bar, cup and tab pulls have similar functionality in varying forms. They are easy to grasp and work well across many kitchen styles, from traditional to transitional to contemporary.
Most cabinet pulls are available in a variety of lengths to accommodate different door and drawer sizes. They typically have two screws to securely attach them to the cabinet. Whereas a bar or cup pull is positioned on the face of the door or drawer, a tab pull is installed on the horizontal edge of the door or drawer frame to present a sleek look.
For cabinet doors, pulls are typically installed in an upright, vertical orientation opposite door hinges. Place the bottom hardware hole 2” to 2-1/2” from the bottom of the door front and center it horizontally on the door frame. Using the horizontal rail of the door frame, place your screw hole to orient the bottom end of the handle before marking the measurement of the top screw hole.
Cabinet drawer pulls are positioned with a horizontal orientation. Similar to knob placement, install the handles in the center of the drawer front, or adjust the placement on varying drawer sizes to create a proportioned look across your base cabinets.
Extra wide drawers may require two pulls. Divide the drawer into thirds and place one pull at the 1/3 point and one pull at the 2/3 point.
For pull-out storage cabinets, such as wastebasket bins and spice racks, center the pull horizontally 2” to 2-1/2” inches from the top of the cabinet face.
Level and adjust doors and drawers before drilling holes for hardware.
Create a template – or “jig” – to mark a consistent measurement on each cabinet.
Make sure the placement you choose is functional and ergonomic for everyday use.
If your refrigerator and dishwasher have panel facades, install correctly-sized appliance pulls.