- Cabinet knobs are sold singly, and secure with a bolt that will go all the way through your drawer/cupboard and screw into the back of the cabinet knob. The bolt won’t be visible once the cabinet knob is fitted. In our range of cabinet knobs, some designs have backplates, some don’t, and some have removable backplates.
- Hooded pulls sit flush against the drawer/cupboard along the top and remain open at the bottom so that you can cup your fingers underneath and pull the cabinet open. These are usually screwed into the surface of the cabinet door to secure, so the screws are visible from the front (surface mounted). Some designs, such as our Regency Concealed Drawer Pulls, are secured with screws that go through the door (bolt-through), so the screws remain hidden.
- Rod pulls are a simple bar shape that’s secured to the door with a screw at each end. These can either have bolt-through fixings so the screws aren’t visible (like these Elegance Pull Handles) or be surface-mounted (like our Reeded Pull Handles).
- Edge pulls are fitted to the top edge of a cabinet or drawer using screws, so that none of the fittings will be visible when the cabinet is closed. These pulls have a ‘lip’ that you can hook your fingers under to pull the cabinet open.
Generally, we recommend knobs for cupboards and pulls for drawers as these tend to be the most comfortable to use, but we’ve seen plenty of gorgeous kitchens that use all knobs, or all pulls for both cupboards and drawers. Bar pull handles used vertically are also a lovely option for cupboards.
Heavier doors such as those used for bin cupboards, built in fridges or pantries will benefit from a pull which is secured with two bolts for a stronger grip, and will be more comfortable on your hand.
PERIOD + DESIGN
Fittings will add the finishing touch to your space and tie the room together, so consider any themes or eras that you’d like to evoke. If you own a period property, perhaps you’d like your fittings to mimic the original, or just be in keeping with the age. Even if the basic fit out of your kitchen is fairly simple and functional, ornate cabinet knobs can help to create a more traditional look. Alternatively, an edge pull fitted discretely at the top of a cabinet will lend a sleek and stylish touch to contemporary kitchens. For Shaker style kitchens, simple Polished Brass or Polished Nickel cabinet knobs like our Cottage Bun Cabinet Knobs are a lovely option.
When it comes to the size of your kitchen cabinet fittings, consider functionality as well as aesthetics. You may be looking for discrete fittings that will let your cabinet carpentry shine, or perhaps you’d like your handles to make a statement, so feel free to size up or down depending on preference.
TOP TIP: Cutting out paper templates and sticking them to your cabinets will help give you an idea of different sized fittings in proportion to your doors and drawers.
Generally, we recommend the below sizes:
- Small Drawers (300mm wide or less) – Pull between 80-100mm length, or cabinet knob between 20-30mm diameter
- Medium Drawers (300mm – 750mm) – Pull between 120-200mm length, or cabinet knob between 30- 40mm
- Large Drawers (750mm + longer) – Pull between 120-200mm long, or cabinet knob between 30-40mm. For wider drawers, using two cabinet knobs or two small pulls is a great option.
The projection of cabinet knobs and pulls will vary depending on design, so be sure to check this dimension (particularly if you have a narrow galley kitchen).
Looking for further inspiration?
See our top picks below for common kitchen styles:
Shaker Style Kitchen
The classic kitchen design above shows our polished brass round ball cabinet knobs, used without their backplates, which gives them a lovely elegant feel. Other products which suit shaker cabinets (as shown above) include;
Products to suit a cottage kitchen (as shown above) include;
Flat Round Cabinet Knob – Black Beeswax
Rod Pull Handle – Black Beeswax
Products to suit a Victorian style kitchen (as shown above) include;
(Image credit: deVOL Kitchens)
Products to suit a modern kitchen (as shown above) include;Drum Cabinet Knob – Satin Nickel