Adding new custom kitchen cabinetry can dramatically alter the look and feel of the space. In fact, installing new custom kitchen cabinetry is one of the most popular ways to update the kitchen without doing a complete kitchen redesign and remodel. Though many focus on the style, size, shape, and layout of the cabinetry itself — all very important details, of course — it’s important not to overlook the hardware that will accompany your new kitchen cabinets. Hardware has a large impact on how the space will look and feel.
In case you don’t already know, kitchen cabinet hardware is everything but the structure of the cabinet itself. This means the hinges, the pulls, the knobs, and the handles that make your drawers and cabinets functional. Functionality isn’t the only purpose that these little pieces serve, though. They also work to lend a great deal of style to your pieces. You can think of hardware as accessories. As anyone knows, a dramatic necklace, an pair of earrings, and a bracelet can vastly change the way a simple black dress looks. So too can the hardware you choose for your cabinets make a difference as to how how new kitchen looks and feels.
Here are some simple things to keep in mind when you’re making decisions about your cabinetry hardware:
Think About Style
Do you prefer pulls or knobs? Knobs are small and circular – like a tiny doorknob – whereas pulls are larger and are often seen as more dramatic. Both opening mechanisms can typically be found in a more transitional or even traditional style kitchen. Once you decide whether you’d like pulls or knobs, start thinking about the finish you’d like the best. What will complement your cabinets and will bridge the gap between the cabinets and the rest of the room the best?
Know Your Figures
Be aware of exactly how many pieces you’re going to need. Remember, hardware adds up – you’re going to need a lot of whatever you choose. It’s a good idea to know your figures when you’re going over options, so that you aren’t surprised when the bill comes at the end.
It’s also important to understand how many hinges you’ll need, based on the weight and height of the doors of your kitchen cabinets, in order for them to operate functionally. Most doors are under fifty inches high and therefore only require two hinges. Some doors, though, are larger and will need more hinges in order to support the weight of the door. You want everything to work smoothly, so it’s important to be aware of what you really need in order to make the best decisions.
Strength in Numbers
When you’re at the store looking at hardware, you may be looking at one or two knobs or a few hinges at a time. Keep in mind, though, that when they’re in your kitchen, they’re going to be pretty much everywhere. Almost every piece of your kitchen is going to rely on these pieces to make them functional. Keep in mind that with the frequency these pieces are going to appear at, their look really will define how your cabinets look.