Knobs and Pulls, A Quick and Easy Kitchen Makeover

Once you have the right tools, installing knobs and pulls in the kitchen is a breeze. Drawers and cabinets achieve a brand new look with only a couple hours of work. Its much less expensive than replacing the counter tops or building an island. However, unless you are just replacing old knobs with new ones, you will need a power drill, a ruler and a pencil.

Knobs and Pulls Cabinet Hardware
Knobs and Pulls Cabinet Hardware
Simple Black Football Knob
Simple Black Football Knob

Whether it is something as simple as plain black football knobs or as extravagant as a square knot pull in antique brass, changing the cabinet hardware in the kitchen can dramatically improve the room’s appearance.

Square Knot Pull Decorative Hardware
Square Knot Pull Decorative Hardware
Square Knot Knob Decorative Hardware
Square Knot Knob Decorative Hardware

You can install both knobs and pulls on different cabinets and drawers to add depth to the kitchen. The Jeffery Alexander series produces a square knot knob to go with the square knot pull.

Fleur De Lis Pull Decorative Hardware
Fleur De Lis Pull Decorative Hardware
Fleur De Lis Knob Decorative Hardware
Fleur De Lis Knob Decorative Hardware

The Fleur De Lis knob and the Fleur De Lis pull are another charming set that will bring the luxurious style of the French monarchy into the kitchen.

Long Bar Pull from Hardware Resources
Long Bar Pull from Hardware Resources
T-shaped Knob from Hardware Resources
T-shaped Knob from Hardware Resources

Modern styles like the T-shaped knob and the long bar pull in satin nickel look smashing in contemporary high tech kitchens.

Palm Leaf Pull Decorative Hardware
Palm Leaf Pull Decorative Hardware
Palm Leaf Knob in Nickel
Palm Leaf Knob in Nickel

A whimsical pair, the Palm Leaf cabinet pull and its brother the Palm Leaf knob, light up the kitchen with their sense of fun. The knob reminds me of a snail.

The Nouveau Cup Pull
The Nouveau Cup Pull

There are many styles to choose from, such as the cupped pull, and each accessory will need to be measured and carefully screwed onto the face of a drawer or cabinet. For the most part, however, the rules are the same. When drilling into the cabinet faces, use a drill bit that is slightly larger in diameter than the screws.

Cable Square Knob from Hardware Resources
Cable Square Knob from Hardware Resources

Knobs, like this cable square knob, are easier to install because they only require one screw and do not need to be parallel with any edges. Other troubles may still arise. The screws provided with the kit might not be long enough to pierce your cabinet’s wood. Measure the width of the wood that you will be drilling. Take that measurement, add 1/4 inch, and this is the length of screw that you will need. Once you have this measurement, you can determine whether you need to buy new screws or fish some out of the tool drawer.

Waved Cabinet Pull from Hardware Resources
Waved Cabinet Pull from Hardware Resources

All knobs have a matching pull version of themselves out there somewhere.  The cable square knob matches this waved cabinet pull. No matter what style you fall in love with, you can always eventually locate their coordinating partner out there on the internet.

Hammered Texture Pull Decorative Hardware
Hammered Texture Pull Decorative Hardware

A drawer with a face whose width was under 18 inches would require only one of these hammered texture pulls, but a face over 18 inches wide would call for two. If your drawer needs two handles, position their centers 1/6 of the way in from the edges of the drawer face, slightly higher than the true middle of the drawer.

Celtic Knob Decorative Hardware
Celtic Knob Decorative Hardware

Remember to measure out the same proportions on every drawer or cabinet for continuity. As pretty as these Celtic knobs may be, they would look pretty silly tacked on in the wrong places. If you have false drawers, faces that are not actually operable, you have a tough decision to make. You can put knobs and pulls on for visual consistency. Or you can leave the false drawers blank so guests do not mistake them for real drawers and needlessly claw at them.

Oval Filligree Pull Decorative Hardware
Oval Filligree Pull Decorative Hardware

The oval filligree pull is similar in finish and design to the Celtic knob, but this pull stands out beautifully on its own.

Cabinet Hardware
Cabinet Hardware

The most important tools to take with you before embarking on this project are patience and caution. Measure and mark every drawer before drilling. As the old English proverb says, measure twice, cut once.