Cabinet Hardware

Guide to cabinet hardware products

A beautiful meal is more than delicious food paired with the perfect wine. A beautiful meal is served in a stylish kitchen – whether it's elegant like a 5-star restaurant, classy and relaxed like a French café or comfy and casual with a home-sweet-home country feel.

Renovating a kitchen is a significant undertaking. It can mean new cabinetry, new appliances and new flooring. One of the last details you might consider is hardware, but it's also one of the most important elements in a kitchen. You can't open your doors and drawers without hardware!

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When you're selecting kitchen cabinet hardware, consider who will be using it. If you have small children, you might want to look at childproof locks or hardware that prevents doors and drawers from slamming.

It's important to test this hardware out as best you can before you commit to something. The perfect cabinet hinge will move smoothly and be sturdy enough to stand the test of time.

Your perfect cabinet handle or cabinet knob should be equally sturdy, but this is where aesthetics come into play as well. If you cook a lot of greasy, smelly or messy foods, you might not want to select cabinet knobs and pulls that will collect grime in small groves or absorb odors easily. Choose solid kitchen cabinet pulls made of metal. These can be wiped down easily and are designed to take a beating.

Metal kitchen cabinet hardware is common and easy, but it's not right for everyone. If your cabinets are natural wood, select a type of cabinet knob that will not detract from the beauty of the wood, but complement it. This may mean ceramic, another type of wood or a very simple plastic.

Cabinet hardware isn't exclusive to kitchens, either. Chic cabinet hinges and cabinet handles are available for bathroom and television cabinets, as well. In the bathroom, it's important to choose materials that won't rust or get damaged by water.

No matter what you choose, attaching your hardware properly is important. Consider how many times you open and close your kitchen cupboards every day. The last thing you want is a kitchen cabinet pull coming off in somebody's hand.