If you’re about to begin kitchen renovations or are planning on creating a brand new kitchen for an exciting new house, you’ve likely already considered all of the major bits and pieces. There’s one thing that frequently flies under the radar, though: the handles for all your kitchen cabinets! These should never be dismissed, as choosing the wrong handles can make doing things in your kitchen a lot more difficult than they need to be in the long run. To prevent such a disaster from occurring, in this article we take a look at what you should be considering when opting for new kitchen cabinet handles.
Basic cabinet handles
Kitchen cabinet handles, otherwise referred to as joinery handles, come in a huge variety of sizes, styles and shapes, which can make the selection process a very difficult one for the layman to manage. Although checking out other kitchens and seeing what is installed is a good start, this wont necessarily give you an accurate idea of what is good for you specifically. To give you a better idea of what you should be considering, lets first take a look at the most basic type of cabinet handle – if you’re after simplicity and are on a budget, you might consider cabinet knobs. These handles (or knobs, in this case), are basically just knobs that are attached to a cabinet through a simple screw, making them the simplest way to attach a handle to your cupboard. If you’re looking for an easy thing to quickly grasp, knobs might be a good solution to you, and being available in a huge variety of metals and glass make them a highly flexible stylistic choice as well.
More cabinet handles you might consider
If you’re after something more functional, cabinet cup and bin pull handles might be a good option for your kitchen. These handles are used specifically for drawers, as their semi-circular design makes them perfect for grabbing and easily pulling. Although these can be the perfect solution in the right kitchen, they’re not without their limitations – being fixed means that drawers can only be opened in one specific way due to the design of the handle itself, and it also means that you have to be oriented in a certain way as well (which can be inconvenient if you’re in a bit of a rush). Finally, cabinet pulls and handles are arguably the most common handles found in kitchens around the world due to their ease of use and availability. In the case of cabinet pulls and handles, two screws are used to hold the handle on, making them highly durable and able to withstand years of heavy use.
Installing cabinet handles
Choosing the right handles for your kitchen can make a plain kitchen look much more eye-catching than you ever thought possible. If you’re good with your hands, there’s no reason at all why you can’t install your cabinet handles all by yourself. This way, you’ll be able to save a bit of time and money that can be better spent elsewhere around your house! Make sure to look up tutorials online to learn how to attach your chosen handles properly, keeping in mind potential limitations of certain materials.