In this article, you will learn the basics of cabinet hardware. You will learn the finishes, the different types, and how to install them on your cabinets. Cabinet hardware is just a fancy term for knobs, pulls, hinges on cabinets. The most common types are knobs and pulls that people use to install on the cabinet to help open and close the cabinet.
Can you use a cabinet without a knob or a pull? Of course! You can just use your fingers to pull the edges of the cabinet open. It wouldn’t make a difference as long as you are able to open it!
How many finishes are there to the hardware? There are hundreds of different kinds of finishes, but the most popular ones are stainless steel, satin nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze. Of course, there isn’t one finish that is “best” as different colors can look better on different color cabinet. There are many pictures on the internet that you can use for samples to see what colors look best together. I use Google Image, and type into the search, “cabinet hardware”. You will see lots of examples on the first few pages.
Installation is very simple, and even beginners can get it done with a little bit of time. You just need very basic tools, for example, drills, drill bits, and screws. You can use a pencil to mark the holes on the cabinet, and I highly recommend you do that, especially for cabinet pulls. A lopsided pull on the cabinet would look a bit weird and unprofessional. You want your cabinets to look as great as possible so use a ruler and a pencil to mark the holes so you can make sure you get an even pull on the cabinet.
When you purchase cabinet knobs and pulls, they generally come with mounts. They are fairly cheap, and you find it in your local home improvement store, such as Home Depot. You can buy them online as well for a very low price. I recommend that you go to the store to talk to a specialist about which one will look best on your cabinet. Take a picture of the cabinet, or simply tell them the color of the cabinet. I prefer a picture as that is worth a thousand words!
If you are still having trouble installing the hardware, you can find free videos on YouTube to help you out.