Once you decide if you’re using knobs, pulls, or a combo, you should consider the sizing of each piece.
Cabinet doors and drawers come in different heights and lengths, so the “standard” hardware size can vary in every space.
An industry rule of thumb to follow, especially for pulls, is using a length that is approximately ⅓ of the cabinet or drawer width. After determining the right hardware size for the width, you install your hardware within the center of that third.
We've shared our sizing recommendations below by cabinet type - door or drawer.
Knobs on doors are pretty straightforward. Most knobs are between 1” - 1 ½” in diameter, and using anything in this range is a safe bet for a classic look.
For an understated, minimal look or for extra small cabinets, you could size down to less than 1” diameter. Naturally the bigger the knob, the more leverage you’ll have when you grab it to open your door, so keep both utility and design in mind.
Pulls have many sizing options, but we recommend sticking to one consistent size throughout your space. At the end of the day, consistent pull lengths will help tie a space with varying cabinet sizes together, so try to keep them as close as possible as it makes sense.
Start by accounting for your tallest door and use the ⅓ rule of thumb to get your starting point. We suggest not going smaller than a 3 ¾” center to center length .
As always, it’s okay to break from same sizing approach depending on the design of your space. For example, if you’re mixing vertical and horizontal pulls, it could work for your vertical pulls to all be one length and your horizontal pulls another. If you have one really tall door, it’s okay if that pull is longer than the rest.
For cabinet drawers, your main consideration is the width of the drawer when it comes to choosing the size of your hardware.
For drawers 24" wide or more, we like to switch up the look from one long pull to either two shorter pulls or two knobs. For this option, you place your hardware centered in the left and right thirds of the drawer when using the 1/3 rule.