How to Choose Cabinet Hardware for your Kitchen
I thought I was done with all of these kitchen progress posts, but I realized I still had a couple of things to tell you about, and this is one of the most asked about and most inexpensive features in the space- our hardware! Almost every time I post a photo on instagram, I get asked about our pantry hardware, so I thought it was about time I put together a little post for you to help you find it, and also to take you through the process. With every decision of this kitchen remodel, I scrutinized over every single details, wanting to be sure that I was choosing “the right one.” Our hardware was no exception. Today I am going to share with you all of the thought that went into selecting our hardware in this piece of kitchen progress: how to choose cabinet hardware. I am going to break it down into all of the factors that went into my ultimate selections.
(Please disregard my too small microwave… when we have the budget again, it will be replaced!)
As you can see, we used two types of hardware. I knew from the beginning that I wanted different hardware somehow but I originally thought I would have all drawers with the same hardware and all cabinets with a complementary knob, but I ended up changing my mind a bit. My problem is that I love SOOOO many styles and finishes… black, gold, modern, classic. It felt impossible to make the right decision! These are the features that helped me make my final selections.
The very first step in my process was narrowing down hardware by budget. There are several retailers out there with beautiful swoon worthy unique hardware, and one knob costs as much as I paid to outfit all of my cabinets. Back when we were first in the planning stages, I laid several budget friendly options out here. Below you can see how all over the place I was, but at least I had narrowed down into my price range.
While it’s important to have an idea of what you are looking for, starting out only looking in your price range will help you to avoid getting stuck on dream hardware that just isn’t going to happen. Instead, you can gather a large pool of beautiful affordable options, and know that you could pick any one of them!
Once I funneled down to everything I liked within my budget, I focused on the finish. Black and gold were both going to be major players in my kitchen, and we have both of those finishes on our lighting. I really could have gone either way, and there were options in both finishes that I loved. I waited to select the finish until after I chose the appliances, and I am SO glad that I did. We ended up selecting the white and gold cafe appliances, and while one might thing gold would then be the natural choice, for me personally, it was going to be too much gold. I can’t say what I would have chosen if we had gone with other appliances, but I can say I definitely think it’s wise to wait until after your major appliances have been ordered, or take into consideration the ones you are working with. In summation, you want to make sure you take into consideration appliances, lighting metals, and any other finishes such as your sink and faucet. Choose something that complements all of those.
Style is very much a personal choice. While I knew I wanted modern pulls, I also wanted to make sure that the shape of the pulls would work with my white shaker cabinets. Shaker cabinets can really go either way, leaning in a traditional or modern style, just depending on how you decorate around them. While I really liked those black rectangular bin pulls, they felt a little too traditional for the look I was going for. Secondly, I wanted placement of my pulls to be on the top of drawers on the raised panel rather than in the center of the drawers. With that in mind, something skinnier seemed to be a better fit. Below you can see that the rectangular bin pulls would have looked too bulky (at least for me!).
At this point, I had everything narrowed down to a couple of narrow modern black pull choices. The final thing I considered, especially with a toddler in the house, is safety. While I love the bar style pull that is so popular right now, I eliminated them because I worried that they would catch Wilder in the eye or head. I’ve also experienced my own belt loop being stuck on pulls like that before, or I’ve had friends snag or rip clothing on them. In the end, I just decided they were not the right choice for us.
The Final Selection
In the end, after considering budget, finish, style, and safety, I purchased these which were only $2 each. They come in a package of 25 pulls which was not enough for our cabinet, leaving us short just by 4. I thought perhaps that I would use round knobs on the cabinets and use these only for drawers, but for the life of me, I could not seem to find round knobs that were available, worked with the finish I had, and that I really loved. While I was still hardware shopping, I came across a kitchen somewhere (and for the life of me, I cannot find it anywhere!) that had gold semicircle hardware. I was smitten and knew it would be the perfect complement to my kitchen and I could use it on the pantry area if I could find it in black, which I did. I actually took it to a vote on instagram and asked followers if they thought I could use them on the pantry and have the hardware different than the rest. The majority voted no, but I never like to go with majority anyhow. 😉 I am SO glad I went with these black semicircle pantry cabinet pulls because they really make this wall shine. Now, these are not exactly inexpensive at $10 each, but I only needed to get 12 of them. All of the other pulls were SO inexpensive, and I knew these were going to have a big impact that they would be totally worth it. Even so, for the 12 I needed it was only $120.
There you have it… that’s how I ultimately selected out kitchen hardware! Do you scrutinize over these details in your home like I do when making decisions? What’s your process? (And don’t tell me it’s to freeze like a deer in headlights, although I am fond of that method here, too.)