Finishing Touches: The Importance of Knobs and Pulls

Installing the right pulls and knobs on your cabinets helps you quickly and easily update the look and enhance the space. These hardware elements are offered in a wide array of finishes, colors and styles, so there are options that will complement any décor and space.

However, when you begin searching for options, you will quickly discover there are quite a few to choose from. Some of the information here will help you decide what is right for your kitchen cabinets.

Pulls or Knobs?

The pulls and knobs available for your cabinets are differentiated from one another because of the shape and the number of fasteners; however, each option offers basically the same function. As a result, the decision between the two is usually one of preference. There are some who feel as though pulls provide a more modern, sleek look and knobs offer a more vintage or classic feel. However, this is going to depend on the specific pull or knob selected, as they are both offered in a wide array of styles.

Types of Knobs

The two main types of knobs include hollow and solid. Solid ones are sturdy and will feel solid and substantial. These are usually more expensive, because they require more materials to make. The hollow knobs are, as the name implies, hollow inside and as a result, feel lighter. However, this doesn’t mean they are low quality.

Types of Pulls

There are a virtually endless supply of pulls to choose from, but some of the most common options include:

  • Finger pulls
  • Bar pulls
  • Cup pulls
  • Handle pulls
  • Bail pulls

Selecting the Right Finish

In addition to selecting the type of hardware for your cabinets, you also have to choose a finish. Again, there are many options, but some of the most popular include oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, polished brass, copper, polished chrome and antique pewter. Keep in mind, these are just a few options offered for metal pulls. You can also find pulls and knobs made out of glass, wood and ceramic material. Make sure you consider all the options before making a decision.

If you are having custom cabinets crafted, then you can speak with your cabinet maker about the hardware that will best suit the look and style you have selected. In the long run, finding the right hardware will help provide an amazing finished look that enhances the space and makes your kitchen or bathroom more aesthetically appealing and functional.

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