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Choosing the Right Knobs & Pulls for Kitchen Cabinets

Whether you’re replacing or refacing your cabinetry, or simply looking to change up a few details, choosing the knobs and pulls for your kitchen cabinets and drawers is an important task. In fact, these are among the most important pieces of hardware you may install in your entire kitchen. This is because these simple, small parts actually play a very vital role in both the form and function of your cabinetry.

Beautiful cabinet pulls in a white kitchen

by Jute Interior Design

Here are a few tips to help you select the right knobs and pulls for your cupboards.

Choose your cabinets

The design of the cabinets as well as the color of the material will play an important role in your choice of knobs and pulls. For example, if you have selected frameless dark wood doors, you may want to select a more contemporary modern brushed chrome. On the other hand, if you have opted for oak, you may seek out a traditional ceramic or ornate bronze hardware.

Corner kitchen cabinets with stylish knobs

by miller design / Mark Peters Photo

Traditional IKEA kitchen with small fancy knobs

Courtesy of IKEA

Recessed kitchen cabinets knobs

by Venegas and Company / Photography: Michael J Lee

Go for quality

Remember that these knobs and pulls will experience a great deal of daily use and thus they need to be made of top quality materials. While low cost metal or plastic options may seem like a great way to cut down on cost, this can also lead to future repairs or replacements. Additionally, if they are not sturdy enough they may contribute to extra wear and tear on the cabinets themselves.

Modern kitchen cabinet knobs


Wooden kitchen with elegant knobs

by Whitten Architects/ photography by Rob Karosis

Large and stylish kitchen cabinet handles

by Glenvale Kitchens

High end kitchen cabinets knobs

by David Sharff Architect, P.C. / Michael J. Lee Photography

Custom recessed kitchen cabinet pulls

by Conard Romano Architects

Show your personality

Choosing knobs or pulls for your kitchen cabinets is an excellent opportunity to showcase your personal style. There are so many unique designs and styles to choose from that finding an option to match your personal taste will be a breeze. There are knobs and pulls in nearly every shape imaginable – from squiggles and swirls to delicate rosettes and ultra-detailed painted ceramic, it’s not a matter of finding a great design but a challenge of deciding between all of the options.

Stylish kitchen with modern cabinets pulls

by Charlie Simmons

Stylish kitchen cabinet knobs

by Garret Cord Werner

Contemporary kitchen cabinet pulls

by Three Legged Pig Design

Fancy kitchen with tab pulls

by w.b. builders

Hardware Catch Cabinet Pull

by Shirley Meisels

Carrie Dagenhard

Carrie is a seasoned blogger, entertainment journalist and all around professional wordsmith with a passion for interior design and home organization. A self-proclaimed eternal wanderer and neat freak, she enjoys sharing her eclectic tastes and zeal of creating a beautiful and balanced space through DIY home décor. After graduating with a degr[...]

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