So you’ve invested some time and effort building your ideal kitchen. Maybe you’ve refinished your cabinets, added a pop of colors, or completely redesigned the whole kitchen. Or maybe you’ve got a smaller project and are just looking to give your kitchen cabinets a light facelift. Either way, it’s the perfect opportunity to add some cabinet hardware for that final touch.
When it comes to cabinet hardware the placement, sizing, finish, and materials can make or break the final aesthetic of your kitchen cabinets. We believe these small details make a huge difference in bringing your kitchen cabinet hardware together with your perfect kitchen.
In this article we are talking all about the placement of how these knobs and pulls (handles) can be placed on your cabinets.
Do you have paneled cabinet doors?
You have a couple of options on how how you want place your hardware in relation to the rails (edges) of the panels on your cabinets.
If you are going for clean and modern, you are going to want to align your hardware with the bottom edge of your panel to give it a clean look that doesn’t feel scattered. This approach also has the benefit of being slightly easier from an installation point of view. You can use a small piece of painter’s tape or a pencil to mark where you are going to drill your holes.
If you are going for a more classic look that could be a bit edgier you can slightly offset your cabinet hardware above the rail of the cabinet door. In this case, feel free to play around with the placement of your hardware with putty to temporarily stick it on the cabinet and make sure you like the positioning before you drill any holes.
Do you have slab cabinet doors without panels?
If so, the most common and clean way of installing your hardware is by placing it equidistant from the two edges of the cabinet door. A solid rule of thumb is 2 inches from the edge, but it’s not a strict rule by any means. If you have oversized hardware or more minimal hardware feel free to increase or decrease the distance from the edges for a more unique look.