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Cabinet Hardware

How to pick the right cabinet hardware, watch as Bryan explains the different types

Have you recently installed new cabinets or just remodeled your existing cabinets? In any case, the hard part is over, and now it's time for your cabinets to get that finishing touch. This is the fun part where you get to give personality to your cabinets and make them come to life. Cabinet hardware has sometimes been called the “Jewelry of the house” and that's the truth. Cabinet hardware can be a great way to add a personal touch, lets take a look and see how it can add a little pizzaz to your space.

If you're working with a piece of cabinetry that has never had hardware before, you've got a clean slate to work with. Un-drilled cabinet door panels present the opportunity to pick your favorite combination of cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. If you're replacing existing hardware, take a good look at what's already there. There's a bit of variance in how hardware mounts, some hardware like glass knobs have a screw that passes all the way through the knob and the cabinet and attach with a nut, others attach with a machine screw. Since both methods attach with just one hole you can easily exchange one for the other in very little time. Remember, you can also use pendant pulls or ring pulls in place of knobs for a very classy look. Drawer pulls take a little more thought. There are a number of different types of drawer pulls like bail pulls, cup pulls, bar pulls and finger pulls. You can make a quick change with the least amount of effort if you choose new hardware with the same center to center hole spacing as the old. Center to center is the measurement from the center of one mounting hole to the other. Common measurements are 3”, 3 1/2” and 4 inch hole spacing but it can vary, especially on larger oversized pulls like appliance pulls. For an accurate measurement try measuring the pull while it's still in your cabinet from screw to screw. Drawer pulls, like knobs can mount from the front with nuts and bolts or from behind with machine screws. Some cabinet pulls, like cup pulls, can front mount using wood screws. Use a slotted screw for a more appealing look than the modern phillips head. Not all doors are the same thickness, some are thicker, others thinner. The common thickness is 3/4 inch and the screws that come with the cabinet hardware are 1”. If you find yourself needing longer screws, take the knob down to your local neighborhood hardware store, it's a typical 8-32 thread and will be easy to find. If you've found your perfect kitchen cabinet hardware but your centers are a little off, you can patch, paint and re-drill. Or, choose a drawer pull with a backplate to cover a larger footprint to cover the old drill holes.

What hardware finish is best?

A common question we get is about what finish to use, but there isn't any hard and fast rule. You can always match your hardware to your appliances, light fixtures or your window and door hardware. Or focus on a color that compliments the wood, stone or paint colors used in the room. But if you feel you can't possibly make a decision, pick up some sample pieces until you find the right one for you. Now that you've found your perfect knobs, don't forget the cabinet hinges. Matching your hinge finish to your knobs and pulls can really bring a piece together. These are the finishing touches that can really make your house a home.

Different Types of Cabinet Hardware

There are several types of drawer pulls out there and it can get quite confusing. Here is a brief explanation of each type.

Drawer Pulls

Drawer Pulls are commonly found on cabinet drawers and cabinet doors in the bathroom and kitchen. Popular hole spacings range between 3 to 5 inches. 

Appliance Pulls

Appliance pulls, like the name implies are used on your kitchen appliances. They are also commonly called oversized pulls and work nicely on heavy drawers.

Bail Pulls

Bail pulls are commonly found on dressers. Bail pulls lie flat and swing out from one or two points. 

Bar Pulls

Bar pulls are a common drawer pull that has a bar attached to two mounting points. 

Cup Pulls

Cup pulls are usually C shaped and give you a firm grip. These are great on heavy drawers and dressers. 

Finger Pulls

Finger pulls are small and inconspicuous and can give a very modern or art deco look. 

Flush Pulls

Flush pulls are mounted flush to the drawer or cabinet. A router is usually required for installation. 

Pendant Pulls

Pendant pulls have a drop down piece that lifts up and make a great substitution for cabinet knobs. 

Ring Pulls

Ring pulls have a ring attached and swivel on the back plate, they can resemble old door knockers. 

Cabinet Knobs

 come in many shapes and sizes. They are easy to install and come with a standard 8-32 1" mounting screw. 


Backplates can be found for cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. They are great for covering existing holes or giving your cabinets a more unique look.


At Simply Knobs and Pulls we have a large variety of kitchen cabinet hardware in many different styles and finishes that will enhance and update the look of your kitchen. Depending on your style and the placement of the pulls, you have the option of looking for cup pulls, drawer pulls, bail or bar pulls. Back plates are also available for hiding those unwanted holes or to just dress up your existing cabinet drawers.

Your choice for a cabinet knob is just as varied. You can choose from either round, oval, T knob, glass, ceramic or crystal knobs just to name a few. If the knob is round the diameter of the knob will be the measurement across the center. Otherwise, on the oval or T-knob they will give the length of the knob handle and also the base width, projection and width of the handle.

To find the exact fit for your pull you will measure from the center to center of the screw holes. The projection of the pull is the amount of finger space between the drawer or cabinet and the inside of the pull.

At Simply Knobs and Pulls we use only the best kitchen cabinet hardware manufacturers in the business, take time to browse our wide assortment from Amerock, Berenson, Belwith, Century, Jeffrey Alexander, Buck Snort Lodge, Liberty, Schaub and Co, Sierra and Top Knobs.


Also Checkout the Following How To Articles

  1. How To Install Drawer Pulls
  2. How To Install Cabinet Knobs

Customer Reviews


I called twice today to try to resolve the issues with my original order. But no one ever called back. I thought I would give you another chance. Hope the new pull I selected is available. Ed Schmid

Schmid, Edward
Amherst, Nh

good prices and good choices of drawer pulls

Montealegre, Steven
Farmington Hills, Mi

The shopping experience was great. I found drawer back plates which I could not find in any retail stores.

Wood, Pamela
Roxboro, Nc

It was a pleasure using your website. Thank you! I have been trying to find knobs that match the knobs in my kitchen because a couple broke. I think that I found them on your website! I am definitely crossing my fingers! I have been hunting for them for a really long time! Thanks again!

Pearson, Billee
Holmes, Ny

I was glad to find your company through Bing. I have an old piece of furniture and required 4 inch drawer pulls which I couldn't locate in stores in the area. I found, what I hope to be beautiful pulls and knobs, at a reasonable price. I hope I like them in person as much as I do on-line. I liked your search options as well, it helped me tremendously. Thank you Simply Knobs and Pulls!

Tatko, Rita
Philadelphia, Pa

You easily beat out the Hardware Hut whose site says, "Delivery in 5-10 business days". Perhaps they have a grant from the Feds to expedite delivery. Heh.

Hogan, Kerry
Saint Paul, Mn

This was the best site to shop on. The search features are the very best and I was able to navigate the site easily. The selection again is the best and I was able to locate knobs and pulls that were otherwise very difficult to find in other stores. Thank You, Best, Olex

Beck, Olexandra
Wapole, Nh

Love how easy it is to shop on your website. I've been on so many sites and have a much more difficult time finding what I want. Not only is it easy to find stuff, but your prices are much better than anyone else's, and believe me I have looked!

Snethun, Rachel
Red Deer, Ab

I did not want to do 2 Day express mail (I thought I would be able to see the price first before my order was processed). Please do free shipping on my order 113613!! Thank YOu Carolyn Henry 415 740 8969

Henry, Carolyn
San Francisco, Ca

I really like the choices from your company. The selection process would be a bit simpler to have a matching knobs with drawer handles. Would eliminate a lot of "back and forth". Just a thought.

Powell, Patricia
Hickory, Nc


Roberson, Diana
San Ramon, Ca

Love that you can search by hole distance! That is what set you guys apart from the other online stores I have found!

Weyer, Amy
Houston, Tx

All went well except when I did a search for oil rubbed hooks nothing came up. I could easily have believed that and gone to a different company's website instead of continuing to hunt for them on yours.

Repsher, Carol
Loudonville, Ny

All was easy peasy! Thank you!

Robertson, Chris
Tallahassee, Fl

Great selection...had exactly what we needed (duplicate handles that we bought 24 years ago). Easy checkout process. THANKS!

George, Russell
Pleasant View, Ut


Bassfield, Jane
Richmond, Va

Shopping was so easy with all your search options, Quick View, and selecting favorites before I made my final decision. Your prices are more reasonable than some other web sites, and your free shipping for $99 orders caught my attention!

Myers, Clara
Elizabethtown, Ky

I really like the cabinet knobs I ordered. They were a little more then I was planning on spending, but the quality was excellent and they were worth it.

Tina, White
Detroit Lakes, Mn

Shopping and check was very user friendly! Thank you.

Fellbaum, William
Carlsbad, Ca

Check out was fast and smooth. This is a first purchase from your company; we are looking forward to receiving your product and are hopeful that the fit and finish of the knobs and pulls are uniform and as nice as pictured!

Binetti, Andrea
La Plata, Md