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Whether you have new cabinetry or you’re updating an old look, there are many cabinet hardware options to help you get the results you want. Hinges, knobs and pulls are available for every budget, so our buying guide serves as a starting point for finding the cabinet hardware that’s a great fit for your home.
Before you begin shopping for new cabinetry hardware, be aware of your project timeline. Some special order pieces require seven days for delivery.
If you are choosing new cabinetry, it’s a good idea to take a sample of your finish directly to the hardware department and select new knobs or pulls on the same day. This allows plenty of time in your schedule to get the hardware you really want.
Knobs are handles mounted to the exterior of doors and drawers with a single screw and bolt. Some knobs have screws built-in and are easier to install than ones with separate screws. Knobs look great when used with a back plate or alone.
Pulls serve the same function as knobs but occupy more space – which means more impact on the appearance of the cabinet.
A back plate is a piece of finished metal that rests between the door and hardware. Back plates help protect the cabinet’s surface, cover existing holes in the cabinetry or to enhance decorative hardware.
Cabinet door catches are meant for doors without self-closing hinges to keep cabinet doors secure against the frame.
Hinges attach the cabinet door to the frame. The number of hinges you need depends on the height and weight of the door.
Hinges are specified for use on left- or right-hand doors. Some are specified for use with framed or frameless cabinetry. If you’re not sure what you have, snap several pictures or take a sample with you for shopping accuracy.
Two types of hinge installations are available:
Hinges are composed of four parts:
Fully concealed – only the surface of the door is outwardly visible, or
Semi-concealed – only the knuckle is visible.
Use semi-concealed hinges for inset doors.
European or frameless hinges are the most popular choice for full-overlay and inset doors, although they are usable on face-frame cabinets as well. They offer ease in installation and can easily support heavier doors. European hinges adjust to align and level cabinet doors.
European Overlay hinges work on frameless cabinet doors with half-overlay doors. They may also work on face-frame cabinet doors that overlap the frame.
Variable Overlay hinges work on doors that completely overlay the frame and do not have a cut out on the back.
Partial Wraparound hinges have a large surface area that improves stability on flush, inset or overlay doors.
3/8-inch Inset hinges work on doors that overlay the frame and have a cut out on the back edge.
H-style hinges look like the letter “H”. One side attaches to the frame and the other attaches to the flush mount door.
3/8-inch Offset H hinges provide support and smooth operation for offset doors.
Butterfly hinges are for use on flush doors. Each wing mounts to the outside surfaces of the cabinet door and frame.
T-style hinges look like the letter “T” with the vertical piece attaching to the doorframe and the horizontal piece attaching to the door.
Full-Inset Pin hinges (or butt hinges) are for doors completely flush with the face of the cabinet. These hinges mount recessed or work surface-mounted on face frame cabinets.
Take a sample of your current knobs, pulls and hinges to the store when shopping for replacements. This ensures you find the perfect fit.
To secure cabinet doors without self-closing hinges, consider a catch. Friction catches have a male part and a female part that work with a spring tensioner to provide a secure grasp on the door.
If small children are in the home, be sure to explore safety catches and other accessories to keep your kitchen secure.
Magnetic catches are the most widely used catch and work with a metal plate mounted on the cabinet door that adheres to a magnet mounted on the frame.
Spring Roller Touch catches have one or two rollers set close together on the cabinet frame and a catch mounted on the door, closing when the rollers hook on the strike plate.
Drawer slides are available in light, medium and heavy designations depending on the weight of your drawer. Keep in mind that side-mount hardware is more durable than a monorail, or center-bottom-mount slide. Bearings and rollers create a smoother motion, while full-extension slides are perfect for providing access to every inch of the drawer. Before shopping for drawer slides, you must know the slide length and drawer length needed.
Mini ball-bearing drawer slides may require a ¼-inch mortise in the drawer side for installation. Drawer stops are available.
European-style self-closing side-mount drawer slides have a stop to prevent drawers from sliding out completely.
Full-extension, self-closing drawer slides use the maximum length of your drawer. Drawer stops are available.
Basic side-mount drawer slides use surface installation on face-frame cabinets.
Before buying new hardware for your cabinets, consider which will look best in your home. Would a traditional finish be more flattering than something contemporary?
Traditional finishes include brushed metals, polished brass, nickel and pewter. Contemporary finishes include enameled or high-shine metallic finishes.
All cabinet hardware, knobs, pulls and hinges are available in:
Additionally, knobs and pulls (only) are available in ceramic.
Changing your cabinet’s knobs and pulls is a fast and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a new look.