Hardware: Jewelry for Your Cabinet
Courtesy of MNG Hardware
Even the most beautiful, most expensive kitchen cabinets won’t be worth much if you can’t get into them. That’s where the hardware comes in. But it doesn’t have just a practical value. Regarded as the jewelry of the cabinets, it’s a detail that can make a strong statement.
You’ll find cabinet hardware in all different kinds of materials and finishes, from brushed chrome to plastic to ceramic to glass to forged iron, and in all shapes and sizes. You’ll want to decide if you want your pulls to blend in with the cabinets or become a decorative accent. Or you can make them virtually disappear: You can select a touch-and-release style or doors that hang slightly below the cabinet so that all you do is pull on the lower edge to open them.
Practically speaking, make sure your choice:
- Doesn’t pinch your fingers
- Attaches firmly to the cabinet
- Is in proportion with the size of the cabinet doors
- Is easy to grasp, especially if located above the refrigerator or vent hood
When it comes to drawers and pullouts, full-extension undermount glides will offer the most access to the interior of the cabinet, but are also more expensive than 3/4-extension or side-mounted glides.
For in-depth information on cabinet hardware, visit our Hardware section.