The Top Knobs Guide to Decorative Hardware Placement

Your cabinets are installed, your appliances are hooked up and your kitchen is near completion. You’ve used the Find Your Style tool and chosen the perfect hardware to provide the finishing touches to your dream design. Now comes the hard part – how do you decide on the placement of your decorative hardware? While placement is ultimately a matter of personal preference, we’ve compiled our best tips to ensure your decorative hardware is just as functional as it is beautiful.

Knobs

Knobs are one of the most versatile decorative hardware options. Available in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes, they can be used on upper cabinets, lower cabinets and drawers. On upper cabinets knobs are typically installed between 2 ½ – 3 inches from the lower corner of the cabinet door. For lower cabinets the same measurements apply but on the upper corner.

On drawers smaller than 24” in width one knob is installed in the center of the drawer door. On drawers longer than 24” consider installing two knobs. To place two knobs, measure out the drawer door into thirds and install in the center of the outer two thirds.

Pulls

Pulls are another versatile option that can be installed on both cabinets and drawers. For both upper and lower cabinets, the pulls should be installed vertically 2 ½ – 3 inches in from the corner of the door. For drawers, they should be installed horizontally in the center of the door.

While there is no hard-set rule for the size of your pulls, consider using longer ones on larger drawers and cabinets. If you’re unsure of which size looks best you can test out multiple options through the Top Knobs free sample program. Just make sure not to drill any holes in your cabinetry until your mind is made up!

Cup Pulls

Used most commonly in traditional and transitional style kitchens, cup pulls are an excellent way to add an extra pop of personality to cabinetry. Because of the size and configuration of cup pulls they are typically only installed on drawer doors. For larger drawers, installing two cup pulls will achieve a more clean and cohesive design.

Latches

For use only on cabinet doors, latches keep your cabinet doors tightly closed and provide a more rustic look. Cabinet latches provide a bit more freedom when it comes to placement. While installing the hardware towards the bottom of the doors in upper cabinets and towards the top of the doors for lower cabinets is most common, it’s not unusual to see latches placed in the center of the cabinets as well.

Tab Pulls

Modern kitchen designs often feature tab pulls for a sleek look that doesn’t distract from the cabinetry. For drawers, tab pulls are most commonly placed along the top center of the doors. On upper cabinets tab pulls are either installed vertically on the opening of the doors or horizontally on the very bottom. For lower cabinets the opposite applies.

Appliance Pulls

Appliance pulls are the perfect way to match your appliances, large pullouts and oversized pantry doors to your cabinet hardware. When installed on dishwashers and refrigerator panels you should choose the closest size and position to the appliances original handles. For oversized doors the same rules apply as traditional cabinet pulls.

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Top Knobs Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence with The Inaugural Design Board Contest

Top Knobs, the leading manufacturer of decorative kitchen and bath hardware, announces the Top Knobs 25th Anniversary Design Board Contest. For the first time ever, Top Knobs is inviting interior designers, architects and trade professionals to submit their Top Knobs projects for a chance to win one of five prizes.

The contest, which opens for entries on June 3, 2019, challenges design professionals to submit two or more photos of a project or renovation featuring Top Knobs hardware.

One grand prize winner will walk away with a $5,000 prize. Additional 2nd place, 3rd place and two honorable mentions will also be awarded.

“For 25 years Top Knobs has been at the forefront of the decorative hardware industry,” says Warren Ramsland, President of Top Knobs. “We’ve worked alongside some of the world’s most talented professionals, and the Design Board Contest allows us the opportunity to celebrate our supporters and their outstanding designs.”

Entries will be accepted online starting on June 3, 2019. All online entries must be received by November 1, 2019 11:59PM EST.

A jury of Top Knobs design professionals will select the winners. The grand prize is $5,000. 2nd place prize is $1,250, 3rd place prize is $750 and two honorable mentions will be awarded $500 each. All qualified entrants will automatically be enrolled as a member of the Top Knobs Design Board.

To enter the Top Knobs 25th Anniversary Design Board Contest, visit our contest website here.

ABOUT THE DESIGN BOARD CONTEST

To learn more about being a Design Board member, visit http://blog.topknobs.com/join-our-design-board/

Contest begins 6/3/19 at 12:00:00 am ET and ends 9/1/19 at 11:59:59 pm ET. Must be 18+ & a professional interior designer, architect, builder, remodeler or NKBA-certified kitchen designer, and reside in the US or DC (excluding AZ, MD, NJ, and TN). Void in AZ, MD, NJ, TN and where prohibited by law. SUBJECT TO FULL OFFICIAL RULES. Total ARV of all prizes: $8,000. See Official Rules for entry requirements, judging criteria and full details. Sponsor: Top Knobs (USA) Inc., 3 Millennium Way, Branchburg, NJ.

Flip that House: An Arizona Fixer Upper Gets a Major Facelift with Top Knobs

With only a few months to work with, Chris and Molly from Fitch Hill transformed a dated Arizona property into a crisp, timeless home for new owners. The impressively creative and meticulously designed renovation took the Scottsdale home from basic and outdated to simplistically chic with the help of Top Knobs decorative hardware.

During the initial design phase the pair drew up plans to bring a modern, yet timeless look into the home. “We brought in some more contemporary items, but overall we wanted to create a crisp design that would stand the test of time. We feel we did a great job staying on trend, while also ensuring that the home will still be up to date in 10 years.”

Before

After

Working on a tight timeline, Chris and Molly pulled off a full interior remodel of the Scottsdale home that included the addition a powder room while also moving the location of the kitchen, master bath and laundry room. “This project had to come together extremely quickly from the beginning of the design phase through construction,” Chris explained. “All in the same day, plans were finalized, given to the city, a permit was granted and demo was started on the property.” While they admit the timeline was a bit of a challenge, the duo was surprisingly able to hit all of their deadlines. “Our team had such great communication that we were able to pull it off somehow.”

Knobs and pulls from the Top Knobs Lynwood Collection in Honey Bronze gave the kitchen and wet bar the classic and contemporary twist that Chris and Molly were going for. The on-trend Honey Bronze finish worked flawlessly with the white cabinetry in the kitchen, and provided a stunning contrast when used on the black cabinetry at the wet bar.

“We love Top Knobs not only because of the large selection of items for all of our different project styles, but also for the quality of the products and the customer service,” says Chris.

The design duo kept the kitchen design fresh by using a bright, open-concept layout and mixing materials throughout the space. They opted to experiment with different metals, concrete, marble, wood and quartz for a look that has quickly become a portfolio favorite.

Thank you, Chris and Molly, for sharing your Top Knobs project with us! For even more design inspiration from Fitch Hill, be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Top Knobs Introduces the Riverside & Minetta Series of the Grace Collection

Top Knobs, the leading manufacturer of decorative kitchen and bath hardware, introduces the Riverside and Minetta series to the Grace Collection of knobs, pulls and appliance pulls.

Inspired by the contemporary appeal of Riverside Drive in New York City, the Riverside series features a redefined take on the standard square bar pull with a contoured comfort grip, higher projection and matching appliance pulls. Also in line with Grace’s modern aesthetic, the Minetta series of tab pulls offer a sleek and streamlined look with soft curves for handling.

“The Riverside and Minetta series of decorative hardware feature some of the most relevant styles for today’s market,” says Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. “The uniquely modern offerings are reminiscent of the ever evolving, yet timeless appeal of their namesake neighborhoods in Manhattan.”

Riverside Series Details:

  • Knob Size: 2” T Knob
  • Pull Sizes: 3 ¾” cc, 5 1/16” cc, 6 5/16” cc, 7 9/16” cc, 8 13/16” cc, 12” cc,
  • Appliance Pull Sizes: 18” cc, 12” cc
  • Finishes: Ash Gray, Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome, Honey Bronze, Brushed Satin Nickel, and Flat Black
  • MSRP: $8.40 – $146.20

Minetta Series Details:

  • Tab Pull Sizes: 3 ¾” cc, 5 1/16” cc, 6 5/16” cc, 7 9/16” cc, 8 13/16” cc, 12” cc
  • Finishes: Ash Gray, Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome, Honey Bronze, Brushed Satin Nickel, and Flat Black
  • MSRP: $14.50 – $47.10

All Top Knobs collections come with a lifetime warranty. Visit TopKnobs.com for more information.

Find Your Style with Top Knobs’ New Digital Selection Tool

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With so many knobs and pulls to choose from, sorting through hardware can seem daunting. The new Top Knobs Find Your Style digital selection tool eliminates that stress by transforming hardware selection into a personalized design experience.

The Find Your Style tool makes choosing the right style, finish and size easy and fast. It offers users a uniquely creative opportunity to explore designs and finishes that reflect personal style. The innovative tool also makes it possible to identify sizing options to meet specific design needs.

Through this comprehensive online tool, customers are guided through a short series of questions designed to identify product offerings based on their individual preferences and needs. Once the short Q & A is complete, a narrowed down selection of products is recommended to the user. Customers can then export the list and share their selections with designers and / or showroom consultants to help expedite the design process.

The Top Knobs digital selection tool is available on Top Knob’s home page or can be accessed directly at: https://www.topknobs.com/style.

Top Knobs Introduces Grace, A Collection of Decorative Hardware Reflecting 25 Years of Design Innovation

Top Knobs, the leading manufacturer of decorative kitchen and bath hardware, introduces the Grace collection. Inspired by the ageless beauty of New York’s five boroughs, Grace includes knobs, pulls and appliance pulls that lend a nod to some of Top Knobs’ most well-loved designs over the past 25 years.

 

“Grace is an exceptional collection that pays homage to some of our most successful collections,” states Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. “Design, style and industry innovations have evolved tremendously from where we were 25 years ago. The end result is something we are quite proud of and feel our customers will love.”

 

Grace Collection Details: 
  • 276 pieces
  • Six series: Henderson, Pomander, Kent, Riverside, Minetta, and Barrow
  • 3 Appliance pull styles available in sizes 12″ and 18″
  • Pulls in all 6 series available in sizes ranging from 3 ¾” to 12″
  • Knobs in 4 series available in sizes 1 ¼” and 2″
All hardware in the Grace collection is available in six desirable finishes including: Ash Gray (AG), Brushed Satin Nickel (BSN), Flat Black (BLK), Honey Bronze (HB), Polished Chrome (PC) and Polished Nickel (PN). MSRP for the Grace collection ranges from $7.30 to $146.20. Visit TopKnobs.com for more information.

Tops Knobs Takes This “One Room Challenge” Kitchen from Drab to Fab

In just six short weeks, Interior Designer Vanessa Francis transformed her sister Arlene’s kitchen from drab and outdated to bright and modern with the help of Top Knobs. “It was a labour of love,” said Vanessa who completed the project as part of the One Room Challenge. “I am so happy that Arlene is so happy with the end result. If she didn’t live an hour and fifteen minutes away, I would be over there every day for dinner admiring her kitchen.” 

Before

After

When starting the project Vanessa’s first task was to improve the function and flow of the kitchen. A large plant was that was taking up too much valuable storage space was immediately relocated and replaced with floor to ceiling cabinetry. “Having all of your food in one location rather than multiple cabinets is one of the goals when designing kitchens,” explained Vanessa. 

Another goal of the kitchen design was to provide as much storage space as possible. On a single wall in the newly renovated kitchen, there are nine drawers. “I love the cup pulls from Top Knobs and how the finish recedes into the cabinetry,” Vanessa explains. For a streamlined, yet trendy look, Vanessa utilized the Top Knobs Kinney KnobChanning Cup Pull, and  Kinney Pull in 7 9/16 inch, 5 1/16 inch and 3 3/4 inch on the drawers and cabinets.

In an effort to achieve a more contemporary look, Vanessa replaced the old terra cotta tiles with more neutral large format tiles. Budget-friendly cabinetry from IKEA and simple white subway tile also helped to brighten the room for a more inviting ambiance.

To create even more counter space and storage Vanessa moved the sink replaced it with a more on-trend offering that complemented the cabinet hardware. “I just love the modern take on a traditional bridge faucet,” she says.

Last, Vanessa wanted to add a personal touch to the space. “My sister and her husband  have owned a bike store, Bicycles Plus, in Whitby for around 30 years and as a result they are both avid cyclists.” To make this kitchen truly feel like home, there are a few references to their love of cycling in the kitchen: The vintage Tour de France poster that her nephew bought in Paris on our trip this summer, the tea towel that she picked up in Vancouver, and a black cycling statue from HomeSense.

A special thank you to Vanessa for choosing Top Knobs to transform her sister’s kitchen! See Vanessa’s entire One Room Challenge project here!

The Top Knobs KBIS 2019 Preview is Here!

This February, Top Knobs is heading back to Vegas for the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2019 show runs from February 19-21 and features the freshest designs from over 600 leading brands in the industry. Over 31,000 attendees will visit the show for a first look at trends for the new year.

Top Knobs is exhibiting at booth N2763 where they will be showcasing their latest catalog of offerings, as well as a new digital selection tool for designers and homeowners. For free expo only passes, register here with code: EXIV131819.

TOP KNOBS KBIS PREVIEW

Celebrating 25 Years with Grace

Tkick off the milestone year, Top Knobs will unveil the Grace Collection at KBIS 2019. Grace is a celebration of Top Knobs most popular designs over the past 25 years, stripped down and crafted for a collection of hardware that is nothing short of spectacular.

 

 


Debuting the New Digital Selection Tool

Top Knobs is announcing the launch of its new online digital selection tool that eliminates the stress of hardware selection by transforming it into a personalized design experience. The new tool makes choosing the right style, finish and size easy (and fast) for designers and homeowners.


2019 Catalog Now Available

Just in time for KBIS, Top Knobs releases their 2019 product catalog. The beautifully designed and easy to navigate catalog features all of Top Knobs extraordinary collections of cabinet hardware.

New to the 2019 catalog is the Grace collection. Returning favorites include the 2018 Lynwood collection and Ash Gray / Honey Bronze finish collection.

Download the catalog here.


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Top Knobs Celebrates 25 Years With Grace

Top Knobs is celebrating 25 years of excellence. Tkick off the milestone year, Top Knobs will unveil its new collection, Graceat the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, February 19 through 21, at booth: N2763. 

“Grace is a celebration of our most popular designs over the past 25 years,” states Christine Zimmer, Top Knobs Product Manager. “We’ve taken some of our most successful pieces, stripped them down and crafted a collection of hardware that is nothing short of spectacular.”  

Within the 5 boroughs of New York lies a treasure trove of streets and neighborhoods that exemplify a timeless sophistication that draws people in. That ageless beauty is what inspired the new designs. The Grace collection is comprised of 276 pieces in 6 series: Barrow, Henderson, Kent, Pomander, Minetta and Riverside.     

“We wanted to deliver a collection to our loyal customers that would showcase some of our finest pieces, only reinvented to translate into more modern-day designs,” states Zimmer. “Grace is, without a doubt, an extraordinary collection that embodies an aesthetic that will be relevant for years to come.” 

Top Knobs is proud to enter 25 years of business with Grace.  

Top Knobs Brixton Series Shines in This High Contrast Kitchen Design

In Glen Ellyn, Illinois Brandie McCoy of Ember and Brune led a unique kitchen renovation to create a space that mixes Parisian glamour with classic refinement. With its new open layout, the kitchen took on a life of its own to make cooking, serving and socializing much easier for the owners who love to entertain.

In her design, McCoy juxtaposed dark blue and white throughout the kitchen. “This small space incorporates a lot of finishes without being too busy or overwhelming,” she told us. She used dark blue base and pantry cabinets, white wall cabinets, dark walnut-finished oak floors, natural white oak floating shelves, white stone countertops and backsplash, and brass and iron metal finishes. “It seems like so many contrasting tones, but they all live in perfect harmony here!” McCoy said of the remodel.

“Dark navy has become popular, as well as high contrasts,” says McCoy of current kitchen trends. “People are becoming increasingly more receptive and interested in multiple finishes in the kitchen, going beyond the usual wood island/white perimeter combo.”

When it came time to choose the cabinet hardware, McCoy opted for Top Knobs Brixton pulls and rimmed knobs in the new Honey Bronze finish. “We loved the quality and sleek, simple style of Top Knobs. Also, the finish matched our ‘champagne bronze’ plumbing fixture perfectly!” McCoy explained.

Lastly, McCoy points out that, “the backsplash is actually marble tile, cut to the size of subway tile. It has the same modern feel as subway tile, but a subtle difference that is stunning.”

Thank you Brandie, for sharing your design with us!

Photos by Aimée Mazzenga – www.aimeemazzenga.com