How to Choose Cabinet Hardware Size: The Perfect Fit for Drawers & Doors

How to Choose Cabinet Hardware Size: The Perfect Fit for Drawers & Doors

The Perfect Fit: How to Size Hardware for Your Drawers and Cabinets

The hardware on your cabinets and drawers is like the jewelry of your kitchen or bathroom. It adds the finishing touch, elevates your design style, and makes using your cabinetry a breeze. But with so many sizes and styles of pulls and knobs to choose from, how do you pick the right one?

One of the most important factors to consider is size. Hardware that's too small can look out of place, while oversized hardware can overpower your cabinets. Here's a guide to help you find the perfect fit for your drawers and cabinets:

The ⅓ Rule:

This is a popular rule of thumb for drawer pulls. Aim for a pull that's roughly one-third the width of your drawer. For example, a 24-inch wide drawer would work well with a pull around 8 inches long.

But It's Not Set in Stone:

While the ⅓ rule is a helpful starting point, it's not the only factor to consider. Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

  • Style:  Longer pulls tend to lend a modern look, while shorter pulls can complement traditional or transitional styles.
  • Functionality:  Think about how you use the drawer. If it's a deep drawer that requires two hands to open, a longer pull might be more convenient.
  • Balance: Consider the overall size and proportion of your cabinets. A very large pull on a small drawer can look overwhelming.

Here's a breakdown to help you visualize:

  • Modern and Easy Open: If you want a sleek, modern look and easy opening, a pull around the one-third mark (⅓ rule) is a great choice.
  • Traditional Style: If you prefer a more classic look and the drawer isn't too deep, consider going a bit shorter than the ⅓ rule.
  • Smaller Cabinets:  For smaller cabinets, you might want to choose a pull that's slightly shorter than the ⅓ recommendation to maintain a balanced look.

Pro Tips:

  • Template Time: Many hardware stores and online retailers offer templates for drawer pulls and knobs. Print one out and hold it up to your drawers to see different sizes in action. Check out this helpful hardware installation video for a nice walkthrough of how to use such templates.
  • Double Trouble: For very wide drawers (36 inches or more), consider using two smaller pulls instead of one large one. This provides easier opening from both sides and can look more balanced.
  • Don't Forget the Doors: While the ⅓ rule applies to drawers, cabinet doors typically take pulls that are between 5 and 7 inches long. Go slightly longer for a more contemporary look, and use even longer pulls for extra-tall cabinets.

Remember, the most important factor is what looks and feels good to you! Don't be afraid to experiment with different sizes and styles like our growing collection of knobs and pulls to find the perfect hardware for your cabinets and drawers. Happy shopping!

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