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 Transcend Collection: Modern Cabinet Hardware for Today’s Transitional Spaces

Top Knobs introduces the Transcend Collection of modern cabinet hardware in a coordinating mix of shapes, sizes and finishes.

Composed of 33 different shaped products, the five series cabinet hardware collection is available in five contemporary finishes: Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio.

Top Knobs Transcend decorative hardware

“Transcend mixes modern functional hardware with the high-quality finish Top Knobs is know for,” states Christine Zimmer, product manager for Top Knobs. “The combination of easy shapes and sizes makes this collection an effortless match for any transitional space.”

Products in the Top Knobs Transcend Collection include:

Podium series

TK670PN

  • Strong, angular bar shaped pulls and square knobs with fine stepped detailing and a straight base
  • 9 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 2 square knobs (1” and 1 1/8”), 5 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, 6 5/16”, 9” and 12”) and 2 appliance pulls (12” and 18”)

Ascendra series

TK703BSN

  • Smooth, straight bar shaped pulls and square knobs with a footed base
  • 9 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 3 square knobs (1”, 1 1/8” and 1 ¼”), 5 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, 6 5/16”, 9” and 12”) and 1 appliance pull (12”)

Contour series

TK722UM

  • Modern shape that contours to the curves of your hand and connects to cabinetry with a footed base
  • 7 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 1 square knob (1 1/8”), 4 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, 6 5/16” and 12”) and 2 appliance pulls (8” and 12”)

Spectrum series

TK711BSN

  • Six-sided curved shape pieces with a footed six-sided base
  • Knobs resemble hexagons
  • 7 sizes, 5 finishes
  • 3 knobs (1”, 1 1/8” and 1 ¼”), 3 cabinet pulls (3 ¾”, 5 1/16” and 6 5/16”) and 1 appliance pull (12”)

Cabinet Latches

TK729PN

  • Coordinating cabinet latches add keeps cabinets securely closed
  • 1 15/16” size, 5 finishes

MSRP are $7.00 to $90.00 per piece. All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty. Visit www.topknobs.com to view the entire collection.