Correct placement for kitchen cabinet hardware

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Correct placement for kitchen cabinet hardware
These knobs are correctly positioned on the door stiles of wall cabinets. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

From glass knobs to whimsical pulls, cabinet handles add zest and style to your kitchen. Install the hardware in the proper location, and your space will appear finished. Place your handles in the wrong site, and the room will seem out of kilter. To position your fixtures perfectly, follow these guidelines, and use a template once you've found the perfect spot.

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Knobs on base cabinet doors

On base cabinets, position each knob 6.2 cm (2.5 inches) down from the top edge of the door. Depending on personal preference, you may place the knob a maximum of 10 cm (4 inches) down. Always place door hardware on the opposite side from the hinges. Next, determine how far to place the knob from the side edge of the door. Most doors have raised stiles around the perimeter that create a frame or border. Centre the knobs in the stiles. For example, if your cabinet stiles are 7.5 cm (3 inches) wide, you'll place the knob 3.7 cm (1.5 inches) from the side edge. If you have flat doors, just place the knobs 3.7 cm (1.5 inches) from the side.

Pulls on base cabinet doors

Knobs require only one screw, but pulls attach with two screws. Like knobs, pulls should be kept near the top corner of base cabinet doors, on the side opposite the hinges. From the top edge of the door, measure 3.7 cm (1.5 inches) down; this point marks where the tip of the pull should begin. Most pulls measure 7.5 cm (3 inches) long, so the bottom of the pull will end about 11.2 cm (4.5 inches) from the top edge of the door. Some trendy pulls will extend much farther down, but the fixture tip should still begin about 3.7 cm (1.5 inches) down. To determine the proper distance from the side edge, centre the pulls in the stile or frame. If your doors lack raised stiles, position the pulls 3.7 cm (1.5 inches) from the side edge.

Hardware on wall cabinets

To find the correct spot for hardware on your upper cabinets, follow the base cabinetry guidelines, but measure up from the bottom of the door. For example, knobs will go between 6.2 and 10 cm (2.5 and 4 inches) from the bottom edge of the door, centred in the stile. Pulls begin 3.7 cm (1.5 inches) up from the bottom edge, centred in the stile -- or 3.7 cm (1.5 inches) from the side edge on flat doors. Avoid putting your hardware less than 2.5 cm (1 inch) from an edge, because you risk cracking the wood during drilling.

Hardware on drawers

Position your hardware in the precise centre of the drawer, even in the case of large drawers. For example, if your drawer measures 50 cm (20 inches) wide, the middle of your pull or knob will sit exactly 25 cm (10 inches) from the side edge. Assuming the drawer measures 25 cm (10 inches) tall, you'll mark another spot 12.5 cm (5 inches) from the top edge.

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