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What is the Best Kitchen Hardware?

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the many choices. Choosing the right colors, cabinets, fixtures, lighting, and layout is essential to getting the kitchen of your dreams, but that doesn't mean you should forget about the little details.

Kitchen cabinet hardware includes pulls, hinges, and knobs that contribute to your kitchen’s overall style. Apart from its visual utility, cabinet hardware is also the part of the kitchen with which you'll interact most, apart from your appliances, so take your time when considering what hardware, you want to incorporate in your design.

Replacing your existing hardware is also an easy way to spruce up your kitchen on a budget. Here are some tips to remember when finding the right hardware for a kitchen in Massachusetts homes.

Gold cabinet handles on blue kitchen Cabinets
Brushed Gold Cabinet Handles

Styles of Cabinet Hardware

The two main styles of cabinet hardware are pulls and knobs. In terms of feel, it's generally easier to open a cabinet with a knob and a drawer with a pull, but the differences between the two can be minimal.

Experiment with knobs and pulls on your cabinets and drawers to find out which one you prefer.


Pulls attach the drawer at two points and often have a linear shape. They're easier to grip than knobs but also tend to be more expensive. However, since they're slightly bigger, there are many more styles, shapes, and sizes to choose from than knobs.


Despite having a lower profile than pulls, knobs can still make a large impact. Knobs are easier to install and more affordable, making them an attractive option for various drawers and cabinets.

Tips on Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Kitchen

With so much variety to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect hardware to match your current or future kitchen. If you're feeling overwhelmed, here are some tips that will help you narrow down your choices:

  • Consider your style: typically, if you have a rustic-style kitchen, heritage hardware can be a great option, so look for curves, ridges, and textures. Modern hardware that's minimalist with clean lines will suit a more modern kitchen.

  • Finishes: ideally, your hardware should complement the kitchen's colors. Consider keeping your hardware in the same tones as your fixtures to ensure harmony throughout the space.

  • Choose your size: hardware that's too large or too small can look out of place. If possible, test out various sizes of pulls and knobs on your cabinets. In general, a pull should be around a third of the drawer’s length, while a knob should about 1/12th of the length of the drawer in diameter.

While these tips will help you narrow down your options, the best way to find the perfect hardware is to experiment. Individual pieces of hardware are relatively affordable, so don't be afraid to buy some samples and play around to see what works best in your kitchen.

If you need any more advice on kitchen cabinet hardware or want to place an order, get in touch with our team at Ideal Home Improvement today!

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