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 Adds a Modern Touch to a Texas Kitchen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper helped a first-time home-buying couple transform a vintage property into a modern home, complete with cabinet hardware from Top Knobs in their season 3 episode “Tiny House, Big Charm.”

Before and After Home Shots: Top Knobs Adds a Modern Touch to Kitchen on HGTV's Fixer UpperThe couple chose to purchase one of the two remaining original shotgun style houses in Waco, Texas – but it required extensive interior and exterior repairs. The couple signed on the home, transported it to an entirely new lot across town, and got to work gutting and reframing it.

Top Knobs Adds a Modern Touch to Kitchen on HGTV's Fixer Upper

The layout of the kitchen in the home was transformed in the revised floor plan. During the construction process the center section of the existing structure (formerly the bedroom) was opened up to become part of the open-concept kitchen.

Top Knobs Modern Metro Tab Pulls in Installed Kitchen ShotThe new kitchen features industrial elements and a clean design. Modern Metro Tab Pulls from the Top Knobs Sanctuary II collection in Polished Chrome were installed on the white oak cabinets. The sleek design on the tab pulls add an additional contemporary touch to the design.

Modern Metro Pull Installed Shot

Modern Metro Tab Pulls from Top Knobs Sanctuary II

Top Knobs Modern Metro Tab Pulls from the Sanctuary II Collection

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