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Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

While kitchen cabinet knobs may seem like a small item, their impact on your kitchen can be major.  Think of the cabinet knobs as the jewelry of your kitchen; the earrings, necklace, or bracelet.  Just like these items can add panache and style to an outfit, kitchen cabinet pulls and knobs add style and interest to your kitchen.

 

With thousands of styles available the choice can be overwhelming. There are a few things to keep in mind. 

  • The style of your cabinets  
  • The over all style of your kitchen  
  • Practicality  
  • What you love  
  • What you can afford

 

The knobs are easy to replace, relatively inexpensive, and may give you a quick kitchen update for a little investment of time and money.

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Perfect for a vintage kitchen, this knob has an old look that would go well with Colonial. European, and Farmhouse style.Yes.  Pink.  This pink crystal acrylic knob has the look of Victorian hardware with a little whimsy.  It would be great in a cottage kitchen.These oil rubbed bronze knobs would work well in almost any kitchen setting from vintage to contemporary.These apples are too cute.  Theya re perfect for the contemporary country kitchen..plenty of kitsch.An oil rubbed brass pull is an understated accent to almost any style kitchen.Remember the Campbells Soup Kids?  These whimsical knobs would be perfct for a 1930s vintage style kitchen.Rust finished with a backplate, this knob is good for a vintage farmhouse or victorian look.Rooster and chicks on this knob just shout country.  Roosters and chickens are a popular kitchen décor.  This is a perfect way to compliment that.Hammered silver pull would do well in an Arts and Crafts or Craftsman style kitchen.Another versatile knob, this acrylic crystal will look good in almost any kitchen.
Perfect for a vintage kitchen, this knob has an old look that would go well with Colonial. European, and Farmhouse style.
Perfect for a vintage kitchen, this knob has an old look that would go well with Colonial. European, and Farmhouse style.
Yes.  Pink.  This pink crystal acrylic knob has the look of Victorian hardware with a little whimsy.  It would be great in a cottage kitchen.
Yes. Pink. This pink crystal acrylic knob has the look of Victorian hardware with a little whimsy. It would be great in a cottage kitchen.
These oil rubbed bronze knobs would work well in almost any kitchen setting from vintage to contemporary.
These oil rubbed bronze knobs would work well in almost any kitchen setting from vintage to contemporary.
These apples are too cute.  Theya re perfect for the contemporary country kitchen..plenty of kitsch.
These apples are too cute. Theya re perfect for the contemporary country kitchen..plenty of kitsch.
An oil rubbed brass pull is an understated accent to almost any style kitchen.
An oil rubbed brass pull is an understated accent to almost any style kitchen.
Remember the Campbells Soup Kids?  These whimsical knobs would be perfct for a 1930s vintage style kitchen.
Remember the Campbells Soup Kids? These whimsical knobs would be perfct for a 1930s vintage style kitchen.
Rust finished with a backplate, this knob is good for a vintage farmhouse or victorian look.
Rust finished with a backplate, this knob is good for a vintage farmhouse or victorian look.
Rooster and chicks on this knob just shout country.  Roosters and chickens are a popular kitchen décor.  This is a perfect way to compliment that.
Rooster and chicks on this knob just shout country. Roosters and chickens are a popular kitchen décor. This is a perfect way to compliment that.
Hammered silver pull would do well in an Arts and Crafts or Craftsman style kitchen.
Hammered silver pull would do well in an Arts and Crafts or Craftsman style kitchen.
Another versatile knob, this acrylic crystal will look good in almost any kitchen.
Another versatile knob, this acrylic crystal will look good in almost any kitchen.

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Materials Needed for Installation of Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

Installation is not very difficult and if you have a little experience with drills and screwdrivers you can easily do this yourself.  In order to install the knobs you will need the following:

  • A drill with a 3/16” drill bit

  • Level
  • Measure or ruler

  • Marker

  • Nail

  • Screwdriver for the types of screws you have; Phillips head or straight.

How to Install Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

  1. Measure the drill center of the pull.
  2. For flat panel doors the knob should be placed 1 ½ to 2 inches from the open corner of the cabinet.  Pulls should be installed 2 inches from the open edge and 2 to 4 inches from the bottom.
  3. An easy way to make sure that your drill holes are standard each time is to use a block of wood as a template.  Cut it so that it fits in the bottom corner of the cupboard door.  It should be about 6 inches high and three inches wide, depending on the placement of kitchen hardware.  Make one template for the pulls and one for the knobs.  Measure your pulls and knobs carefully. Mark the template with a marker and the tap the nail into the marks to dent the wood in those spots.  Drill holes in the templates to match the pulls or knobs.  Attach the hardware to double check the placement and hold the template up to the cupboard, matching the template corner to the open corner.  If the pull is in the right position you can proceed.
  4.  To drill the hole, hold the template up to the cupboard with the corners even and the bottom level.  Drill through the template holes into the cupboard door.
  5. Pull the template off and install your hardware

Video: Installing Kitchen Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

Tips

Here are some tips for choosing and installing kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls.

  • If you don’t have much experience knobs are easier to install than pulls.  Since they have only one screw you don’t have to worry about getting the screw holes the correct distance apart.
  •  If you are replacing old hardware be sure that the knobs or pulls have the same drill centers as the old.  If they don’t, you will be drilling new holes and patching up old ones.
  • To determine the drill center for a kitchen cabinet pull always measure between the two holes and not the full length of the pull.
  • Check to see the length of the screw that will be needed before you buy your hardware.  Many times the different drawers and doors will need different screw lengths.  Always check.

Backplates

Backplates fit on your cabinet door behind the knob or pull.  These can add a contemporary look or vintage charm depending on the style used.  They are a great way to protect the finish of you cabinet.

Over time, as people open cabinet doors and drawers the area behind the pull or knob will scratch and fade.  This tends to be the area of the cabinet that wears the quickest and stays the dirtiest.  Backplates will keep that from happening.  They are generally copper or brass (or some other metal) and are easily cleaned. 

If your kitchen is a very busy place consider cabinet backplates.  They may be just the look and the utility that you need.

Update that Kitchen!

Updating your kitchen with hardware is really a great way to change the look. Take some time and look for the exact knob you want, something that will make you smile every time you see it.

If you can't decide at the store, but two (or four or whatever) in various styles and hold them up against your cabinets at home.  You should be able to tell pretty quickly which you like the best. Don't settle for a bland and boring kitchen when, with a few hours work, you can have something that will be exactly what you want.  

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      henry1robertson 

      7 years ago

      Topic is really good to read, and furniture accessory decorations are always my favorite to work on.

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      ed77burns 

      7 years ago

      Those quick fix tips are very nice Mary.

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      Hithere 

      8 years ago

      You are right - there are thousands of knob designs available.

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      Jenny 

      8 years ago

      Hi Marye....this topic is pretty niche and you managed to get it done well....congrats, you produce an informative hub:)

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      Liberty cabinet Pulls 

      8 years ago

      Knob is really great..Is it Amerock

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      andycai28 

      9 years ago

      I love the style you chosen in your Hub,It is quite classical charming ,especially for those satin nickel plating process,

      You are the expert in furniture accessary decorations, it is quite helpful to anybody want to redecorate their furnituer or cabinet.and the material should be znic alloy,which is the good choice for furniture handle accessaries, i advice that some stainless steel is also popular in cabinet.

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      hardwaremarket 

      9 years ago from India

      really nice hub like it very much

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      This hub should be quite helpful to anyone interested in changing their pulls. You did great including many things to consider before buying the pulls. C.S.

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      Scottie JD 

      9 years ago

      Really enjoyed your article Mary!

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