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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Ten Years of Dakota

Since its introduction in 2007 the Top Knobs Dakota collection has been a go-to choice for kitchen and bath designers for rustic yet contemporary decorative hardware. The collection has expanded since its launch and now includes 21 different knob, pull and cup pulls in a combination of 11 finishes.  With so many choices, which piece will you select to reflect your personal style?

Available at kitchen and bath showrooms nationwide, each piece in the Top Knobs Dakota Collection includes a proprietary sealed finish and Top Knobs lifetime warranty. Here we highlight the three main pieces in the collection: the Charlotte Pull, the Bergen Knob and the Dakota Cup Pull.

The Charlotte Pull

There’s a reason the Charlotte Pull has been a Top Knobs best seller for years. This gentle cabinet pull features a smooth handle and subtly flairs out in a circle shape at the base.  This thin, delicate style matches nearly any decor.

It is offered in three sizes, 3”, 4” and 6” center-to-center dimensions, with a coordinating 2 9/16” cup pull.

The Dakota Collection Charlotte Pull is available in seven finishes: Brushed Satin Nickel (BSN), Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB), Patina Rouge (PAR), Polished Chrome (PC), Polished Nickel (PN), Pewter Antique (PTA), and Tuscan Bronze (TB).

The Bergen Knob

A style chameleon, the flat topped 1 ¼” Bergen Knob finds a home in any kitchen or bath. Depending on the finish selected, the knob adds either a contemporary or a traditional accent wherever it is installed. This style is one of Top Knobs Product Manager Christine Zimmer’s favorite pieces because of its versatility.

The Dakota Collection Bergen Knob is available in nine finishes: Brushed Bronze (BB), Flat Black (BLK), Brushed Satin Nickel (BSN), Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB), Patina Rouge (PAR), Polished Chrome (PC), Polished Nickel (PN), Pewter Antique (PTA), and Tuscan Bronze (TB).

The Dakota Cup Pull

This 2 9/16″ cup pull adds a punch of style. The Dakota Cup Pull is the perfect shape and size for hands to grab and open drawers. The oval shaped cup pull includes faux screw marks for a touch of authenticity.

The Dakota Cup Pull is available in seven finishes: Brushed Satin Nickel (BSN), Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB), Patina Rouge (PAR), Polished Chrome (PC), Polished Nickel (PN), Pewter Antique (PTA), and Tuscan Bronze (TB).

View the complete Top Knobs Dakota Collection at TopKnobs.com/collections/dakota.

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Feminine and Masculine Styles Intermix in the Top Knobs Devon Collection Allington and Brixton Series

Introducing two series in the Top Knobs transitional Devon Collection: the Allington series and the Brixton series.

Crafted from the highest quality materials and backed by Top Knobs’ lifetime warranty, the Allington and Brixton series feature classic shapes that easily blend with any traditional, contemporary or modern kitchen or bath design. Both series include two new finishes: Ash Gray, a rich on-trend gray, and Honey Bronze, a light brass tone.

Allington series - part of Top Knobs Devon Collection

Allington series – part of Top Knobs Devon Collection

Graceful style exudes from the Allington series. Each pull features a center floret for gentle feminine styling. The floral bud shaped knobs add a sweet touch wherever they are installed. Footed bases weight each piece to cabinetry.

Available in 5 sizes and 8 finishes:

  • Two knobs: 1” and 1 ¼”
  • Three pulls: 3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, and 6 5/16” center to center sizes
  • Eight finishes: Ash Gray, Black, Brushed Satin Nickel, Honey Bronze, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio
Brixton

Brixton series – part of Top Knobs Devon Collection

Featuring a masculine, industrial look, the Brixton series includes knobs, pulls and appliance pulls. Classic in feel, the series works in any style design. Each has layered, pipe-like details at base. The pulls in the series are a modern interpretation of the Top Knobs Normandy pull.

Available in 10 sizes and 8 finishes:

  • Three knobs: 1 ¼” Rimmed Knob, 1 ¼” Ridged Knob and 1 ¼” Button Knob
  • Coordinating decorative back plate measuring 1 3/8”
  • Six pulls: 3 ¾”, 5 1/16”, 6 5/16”, 7 9/16”, 8 13/16” and 12” center to center sizes
  • Matching 12” Appliance Pull
  • Eight finishes: Ash Gray, Black, Brushed Satin Nickel, Honey Bronze, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio

Each piece has a MSRP of $7.00 to $74.50. The Devon Collection of 36 pieces in five series is inspired by the character of harbor towns and villages of Devon County in southwest England.  All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty.

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Asbury Collection Completes a Storage Savvy Kitchen

An open concept kitchen with a colorful design was featured in Better Homes and Gardens: Storage. The project entitled, “The Ultimate Kitchen” was designed with family inclusiveness in mind. The spacious layout is infiltrated with discrete storage solutions throughout the room to reduce clutter.

Top Knobs Asbury Collection Cup Pulls - M1301

Top Knobs Asbury Collection Cup Pulls – M1301

Custom tower cabinets surround the primary cooking zone of the design, while a cushioned banquette in the dining area features lower drawers to keep miscellaneous materials out of site. A large butler’s pantry equipped with barn doors hide larger kitchen appliances away from the prep space.  All the custom cabinetry was made complete with knobs and cup pulls from the Top Knobs Asbury Collection.

Top Knobs Asbury Collection

Top Knobs Asbury Collection Knobs – M1317

To read the entire story written by Megan Boettcher and photographed by Greg Scheidemann, and purchase a digital version of the magazine, click here.

Stay connected with Top Knobs on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Google+. Plus, find out more about the complete line of Top Knobs decorative hardware products on www.topknobs.com.

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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.

 

 

Around the world with the Passport Collection: Great Wall

The Great Wall of China’s 5500-miles of ambling towers, steps and gateways traverse jagged mountains, vast deserts and rolling grasslands. Each individual brick or stone, placed by human hands, has acted together to create a barrier against invading armies over the centuries.
The Passport Collection Great Wall

What does this have to do with cabinet hardware? It is the geometric shapes of the Great Wall, contrasting with the panoramic views of the Chinese countryside, that are the inspiration for the Great Wall Series of the Top Knobs Passport Collection.

Click the image below to see the products in detail.

Top Knobs Passport Great Wall cabinet hardware

The Great Wall Series is available in four finishes: German Bronze, Polished Nickel, Pewter Antique and Tuscan Bronze. The 1″ square shaped knobs mall and large bases shapes and the pulls are offered in three different sizes, including a 12″ appliance pull.

Like all Top Knobs products, the Great Wall series of the Passport Collection comes with a lifetime warranty and a protective sealed finish.

Have you used the Passport Collection Great Wall series in a kitchen project? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us on Twitter or Facebook. Find out more about the product, and how to get product samples on TopKnobs.com.

Modern Envy kitchen spotlights Top Knobs Nouveau hardware

House 2 Home Design & Build of Silicon Valley California recently used Top Knobs Nouveau collection in a modern kitchen redo.

This project is called Modern Envy, where form meets function. It features a combination of Scandinavian clean lines that merge with transitional/ contemporary simple elegance including Top Knobs cabinet hardware.

Top Knobs Nouveau and Nouveau III cabinet hardware

Clean geometrical lines in slab door cabinetry and tile layouts demonstrate the Scandinavian elements. The transitional/ contemporary influences are the color palette and balanced blend of curvilinear lines in lighting and plumbing fixtures. Contrasting neutral colors with a splash of vibrant green apple reflect a crisp clean atmosphere with a warm and inviting feel.

The kitchen features a well laid-out floor plan incorporating all of the client’s spatial and functional needs.  The House 2 Home project created ease of access and functionality through space planning within each workstation section. The project created a place for everything and everything in its place.

Top Knobs Nouveau Collection and Nouveau III Collection cabinet hardware were used throughout the kitchen.

Lewer SocialMedia-9Top Knobs  M1146 Nouveau collection 5-1/16” center to center brushed satin nickel crescent flair cabinet arch pulls were featured on top and bottom cabinetry. This Nouveau pull is also available in Brushed Bronze, Tuscan Bronze,  Polished Chrome and Flat Black.

Top Knobs Nouveau and Nouveau III cabinet hardware

Top Knobs M579 Nouveau III ¾” indent knobs in brushed satin nickel were also used on drawer fronts. Other finish choices for the Nouveau III Indent knob are Polished Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Tuscan Bronze, White, Aluminum, Polished Chrome and Flat Black.

Top Knobs Nouveau and Nouveau III cabinet hardware

Visit House 2 House Design at h2hdesignandbuild.com to learn more about their projects and services.