Decorative Hardware Do’s and Don’ts


The home sales market has gone bust, so it looks like you are going to be hanging around in your place a lot longer then you expected. This in turn has left you wandering around the local warehouse hardware store scouting out ways to make your home a nice more comfortable place to live.

An Excellent Investment

Decorative hardware is an easy way to give your home the aesthetic boost that it needs, for several reasons. For one thing, it is generally easy to install if you have the right hand tools. Also, decorative hardware is something that will not escape notice. Much of it is at eye level and guests will in fact often have to touch it, as is with light and fan switches.

Start at Your Front Door and Porch

Your first target area should be your front door and porch. This is where the first impression is made on a potential buyer, like it or not. People like to see a good solid front door knob that looks like it is safe and durable. The same thing applies for lighting on the front porch. Don’t chince if you don’t have to, because the front porch and front door are both very important.

Something to Think About

You may have already noticed that you have innumerable choices in decorative hardware to select from at your local hardware store. The first thing that you will want to be careful of, is that you don’t buy components that cover a smaller area on the wall or ceiling that the component that you are replacing does.

You Don’t Need A Paint Job

This is because you will be stuck with an exposed ugly unpainted or faded area that you didn’t count on. If you don’t have matching paint to touch up these exposed areas around your component then you will have no choice but to paint all your walls and ceilings. Another tip, is to not go nuts and buy the most expensive decorative hardware available. Often moderately priced components look just fine when they are finally installed.

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   Uses of Cabinet Knobs


Importance of Cabinets in the Urban Home

Cabinets are very important in one’s household. Those who are passionate about home decoration take great pains in installing the appropriate designs and styles of cabinets. They are useful in every room, and hence, should be chosen carefully, keeping sync with the rest of the furniture.

Kitchen Cabinets                    

Cabinets in the kitchen are the most extensively used. They are used to store utensils and cutlery as well as dry food and cooking material.    

Cabinets in the Bedroom

In the bedroom cabinets are used to store winter wear which is used only a few months of the year. Extra bedding accessories and shoes are other objects stores in cabinets here.

Living Room Cabinets    

The living room cabinets are lined with books, television sets, DVD players and music system. Music CDs and speakers require separate cabinets here.

Cabinets for the Children

Children’s rooms have cabinets for their clothes, toys and academic materials.

Bathroom Cabinets

These are used to keep a variety of things such as soaps, shampoos, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush and even medicines. There are separate ones for towels and toilet papers.

Cabinet Knobs

Knowing this you must realize the importance of cabinet knobs. These knobs are bought in bulk since they are required for every compartment of the cabinets installed in one’s home. However, you can spice things up by using different cabinet knobs for every room to uphold their individual style and theme.

For the living room cabinets you can choose something sober like metallic or wooden cabinet knobs. These are easy to clean and maintain. Glass knobs are also not a bad idea, especially if they are used for cabinets that are lesser used. This reduces the chance of breaking them. They look very good as well.

For the kitchen you must be careful with your choice of cabinet knobs. These knobs are used extensively a large number of times everyday. Things are taken out and put in continuously into kitchen cabinets, making them susceptible to damage easily. Therefore, these knobs should be hardy and able to withstand rough environment. The heat, oil and moisture in the air in kitchens can damage wood and metal. Therefore, using ceramic or glass knobs is a good idea.

The storage or laundry room cabinets usually store cleaning agents and mops. The best types of cabinet knobs that should be used in such areas are ones made from water resistant materials.   

   Children’s rooms are great to experiment with knobs. Cartoon characters, alphabets and youth icon figures are great ideas for cabinet knobs in these rooms. If your kids are too old for such juvenile ideas, you can always install knobs of sports and entertainment figures.          

Fitting the Knobs

One of the important aspects of fitting cabinet knobs is its size. You don’t want them to take up half the size of the cabinets; neither is it permissible to have them so small that one cannot even get a good grip to pull the door open. Measurement is the key in this case. Fitting them is not a Herculean task as long as you have a precise procedure and a steady hand at drilling in the nuts and screws. However, you can always hire professional help to get it done if you don’t want to risk it. Since they are available only in sets, if they are fitted wrongly, there is no way to replace single pieces.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the style of knobs keeping in mind the general decoration of the room. They can lend an interesting touch to the overall look and attract a lot of positive attention.

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Kitchen Cabinet Knobs For Every Style


When you think at remodeling your kitchen you don’t have to forget about the kitchen cabinet knobs, the elements that will complete the look of the kitchen. But remember that besides being attractive they must be durable because the cabinet knobs have more chances to deteriorate in time than other hardware.

 The kitchen cabinet knobs come in different styles, designs, shapes, and prices. And because there are so many options from which you can choose, for some it could be difficult to decide on which one to buy.

The most common types of cabinet knobs are made of zinc or other metal, which is usually specified in the description of the knob that you are going to buy. It is recommended to not use harsh chemicals or cleaners because there are many chances to damage to your cabinet knobs in time. Instead use only mild soap and after washing them, dry immediately.

You can buy kitchen cabinet knobs made from glass. You can still choose between different models and colors and you will obtain a great design because the glass will shine when the light will come into the room. For a traditional look, you can opt for kitchen cabinet knobs made from chrome, brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze. You can find cabinet knobs that will match with any possible décor.

It is recommended that you buy all the elements needed in a kitchen from one manufacturer because in this way you will get the perfect combination. Either you go to a local store or you do some research on the internet you can find the kitchen cabinet knobs that you want.

Looking for kitchen cabinet knobs can be a fun activity. Even if you are not remodeling your kitchen in the present this could convince you to do this.

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Cabinet Hardware Explained – From Decorative to Functional


Today’s cabinets vary as much in style as they do in functionality. Although styles can range wildly from simple big-box manufactured face frame cabinets with slab panel doors to intricately crafted custom cabinets hewn from the hands of generations of craftsmen, some things just never change. The cabinet hardware that makes these cabinets both functional and decorative is virtually universal throughout.

Yes, there are minor differences in cabinet hardware from one style of cabinet to another, however, the major types of hardware can be found in any style or construction of cabinet. The two main types of hardware are decorative and functional.


Decorative hardware, sometimes referred to as surface hardware, consists of the pieces that are mounted to the outside surface of your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. They not only provide the means with which to open your cabinet doors, they also give your cabinetry that finishing touch. The various types are:

*handle pulls

*cup pulls



*ring, bail and pendant pulls

Handle and cup pulls are rigid and require two mounting screws to attach to the cabinet door or drawer front. Bail pulls also require two mounting screws, however, they can be rigid or swinging type bails. Knobs are just simple post-pulls that require one mounting screw. Ring and pendant pulls can be rigid or swinging and normally require one mounting screw although some may require two with a small center-to-center measurement.

The mounting hole spacing measurement is the most important measurement of a cabinet handle pull if you are replacing existing hardware. This measurement is taken from the center of one mounting hole to the center of the other, thus it is called the center-to-center measurement (abbreviations include: C-C, C/C, CTC). Obviously if you are replacing existing cabinet pulls, you will need to match your new hardware center-to-center measurement with that of the holes already drilled into your cabinet doors. Common measurements are 3″, 3-1/2″, 96mm and 4″, however there are many more than just those four.


Functional hardware consists of the hardware pieces that make your cabinets do what they are suppose to do. Doors open and close, drawers slide out and back in, giving you access to the items you have inside. Basically, if your cabinets didn’t have any of this type of hardware in and on them, they would be pretty useless. These types include:

*door hinges

*drawer slides

Door hinges are simply the hinges that connect your cabinet doors to the actual cabinet but as simple as their function is, the types, sizes and options abound. The three main distinguishing types of cabinet hinges are concealed, semi-concealed and non-concealed. These all can come in a variety of opening angles, swing types (free-swinging vs. self-closing), overlay sizes, insets as well as finishes.

Drawer slides are the pieces of hardware that allow your drawers to slide in and out. They are sometimes referred to by other names such as drawer guides, drawer glides, drawer runners and drawer tracks. The three main types used on cabinets are: side-mount, side/under-mount and under-mount. These types can be further classified by the distance they allow a drawer to be opened such as 3/4 extension, full-extension or over-travel extension.

Cabinet hardware is not very complicated on the surface. It is the many options that these basic pieces come in that gets a little more in-depth, too in-depth for this simple primer on cabinet hardware.


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Cabinet Hardware 101

By Sean A Murphy


Classic Brass Cabinet Knobs

Classic Brass Cabinet Hardware

          Thank goodness for cabinet hardware. This important part of your home might also be the most unheralded. While cabinets hold the things we need and hide them when we don’t, cabinet hardware provides both decorative and functional elements. From the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom, cabinet hardware is extremely versatile.   

          Think about how often you consider the style your cabinet hardware expresses. Almost never? Should you consider it, though? Absolutely.

         Cabinet hardware is functional, but it also accents a room’s design and theme-while showing off your personal style. From cabinet knobs to door hinges, cabinet pulls to decorative door backplates, they provide a decorative statement. And catches, latches, and door slides help kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers work the way they’re designed to.

Cabinet Knobs

        Cabinet knobs are an easy, informal way to upgrade your cabinet hardware’s look and feel. The range of available styles truly depends on what you’re looking for.

        Bar and square cabinet knobs vary in size and shape, but they’re all perfectly functional. Birdcage knobs feature an ornate traditional look. Mushroom, oval, and round knobs are top sellers thanks to their simple and straightforward designs.

Door Hinges

         Don’t forget to match door hinges to the cabinet hardware finish. This detail might be easy to overlook, but the discerning eye will appreciate the understated beauty matching door hinges provides.

        Ball bearing door hinges are the most popular. They’re typically installed on standard residential doors and cabinets and come in different sizes, so be sure to measure what size you need. If you have pets or small children, spring door hinges offer an extra level of security. They automatically close your door to prevent children or pets from getting into dangerous situations. For the ultimate polish or your remodel, attach a finial to the top and bottom of the door hinges.

 Cabinet Pulls

       Cabinet pulls differ from knobs in one significant way. While knobs are mounted at one point, pulls are typically mounted at two (flush and ring cabinet pulls are the exceptions).

       From elegant arch pulls to modern bar pulls, from ornate birdcage pulls to the classic appeal of drop pulls, cabinet pulls will rejuvenate your hardware.

 Decorative Door Backplates

         Is your look complete with a just new pull or handle? Not quite. An easy way to add accent is by installing a decorative door backplate, a valuable asset to your cabinet hardware for more than one reason.

         First, you won’t have to completely swap out your old cabinet hardware. Adding backplates will update your kitchen’s look and are extremely simple to install. Another benefit is that backplates can conceal any hole or marring near the mounting site. Staring at old drill holes and unsightly scratches are things of the past with a decorative cabinet door backplate.

Catches and Latches

         Catches and latches are not only fun words to string together, but they can also stand in the way between a secure cabinet and a potential hazard. When installed properly, catches and latches hardware can be invaluable.

         These can help secure any kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom cabinet door. Have kids in the house? Catches and latches hardware can help prevent curious fingers from getting into cleaning supplies, garbage, or any other hazard. Earthquakes and other natural disasters can strike at any moment, but if your cabinet is secured with a catch or latch, the chances of it flying open and dropping glass to the ground are greatly reduced.

       While catches and latches may not be the most visible piece of cabinet hardware, there’s no doubting it’s one of the most important where safety is concerned.

       Drawer Slides

        Typically, drawer slides are purely functional and allow your drawers to open smoothly and without catching. Is that all there is to these fixtures? Not even close.

       Drawer slides can be installed in a few ways, including bottom mount, center mount, and side mount.

      Shop by Style

       The reasons we install cabinet hardware are to secure its contents and protect children from possible hazards. But it’s also rewarding when you decorate your cabinet hardware. Themes range from the straightforward contemporary and traditional to the more decorative oceanic/nautical and ornate fixtures. Give children’s furniture that special touch with animal/wildlife or whimsical cabinet hardware. Glass and crystal and solid brass cabinet knobs provide a quiet elegance, while rustic and wood cabinet hardware offer a rural appearance.

Until next time, Happy Home Improving!

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