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Upgrade Your Space: Installing Kitchen Cabinet Pulls

Choosing and installing the right kitchen cabinet pulls can have a major effect on both the appearance and practicality of your kitchen. In this detailed guide, we'll provide you with all the info needed to pick and fit your kitchen with the right cabinet hardware 🌟

We'll start by discussing essential tools and preparation steps needed for accurate measuring and installation. Next, we'll delve into positioning your kitchen cabinet pulls in a way that complements both upper and lower cabinets while maintaining visual harmony. We will also provide detailed instructions on how to measure accurately for pull placement, ensuring that each piece of hardware is installed correctly 👌

Plus, our expert tips on drilling starter holes using an awl will help prevent wood splitting or damage during installation. Finally, once your new kitchen cabinet pulls are securely attached, you can sit back and enjoy the improved aesthetics and levelled-up practicality of your updated space 😌

Table Of Contents:

Choose your hardware

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, the hardware you choose can make a big impact. Cabinet pulls and knobs, are not only functional but can also add style to your kitchen. Whether you have shaker cabinets, minimalist kitchens, or cabinet fronts with intricate designs, the right hardware can tie everything together 🤝

If you're not sure where to start, check out our wide selection of kitchen cabinet hardware. You can also browse our inspiration page for ideas.

Which type of hardware is best for kitchen cabinets?

The best type of pulls for your kitchen cabinets depends on personal preference and overall design aesthetic; however, there are many factors to consider. Durability is all-important when the kitchen is such a hands-on space. Our brass hardware is coated in a protective lacquer, to help withstand wear and tear. Our stainless steel hardware is a fool-proof option, as a corrosion-resistant material 💪

To ensure ease of use, consider the size and positioning of your cabinets. Smaller pulls or knobs may work better for upper cabinets, while larger pulls may be more suitable for lower cabinets. If you've extra large kitchen  cabinets, or appliances like concealed fridges, opt for  heavyweight pulls   which are designed for the job.

Find the right style of hardware 🌟

With everything from cool stainless steel to luxe brass hardware, you can find a style that complements your kitchen cabinets and overall decor. Some popular options include vintage-inspired antique brass, matte black and even aluminum hardware  our most eco-conscious material. You can also mix knobs and pulls for a unique look.

The finish of your hardware should also complement other fixtures in your kitchen, such as your faucet and lighting. Or, go rogue and mix and match your finishes. There's no rules around here 🙅‍♀️


Essential tools for installing hardware

Tools and Preparation

Before you begin fitting your kitchen cabinet hardware, it's essential to gather the necessary tools for a smooth installation process. Having the right equipment on hand will ensure accuracy and efficiency, helping you achieve a polished look in no time ⏰

  • To get started, make sure you have a tape measure, pencil, drill with various bits, and an awl or punch tool for marking holes accurately.
  • It's crucial to select screws that best suit your kitchen cabinets. Whilst standard screw size is 1", be sure to double check the depth of your kitchen cabinet doors, in case you need a smaller or larger length 📏

In addition to these basic supplies, consider investing in a level for added precision when aligning your pulls across multiple cabinets. With everything ready to go, you'll be well-prepared to tackle this DIY project like a pro 💪

For a successful setup, having the right equipment and getting ready before-hand is essential. With that in mind, let's move on to positioning your kitchen cabinet pulls for optimal results.


JUDD kitchen cabinet pulls

Positioning Your Kitchen Cabinet Pulls

Properly positioning your kitchen cabinet pulls is crucial for achieving a polished look. To ensure that your Plank Hardware enhances the overall appearance of your culinary space, follow these general guidelines:

  • Align pulls on drawer faces horizontally and vertically centred: Place them in the horizontal and vertical middle of each drawer face to create a balanced aesthetic.
  • Place door pulls 2 inches from top edge, opposite hinges: For doors without drawers above them, position the pull 2" in from the edge of the top side opposite the hinges. This will make it easier to open and close cabinets while maintaining visual harmony 📏
  • Position wall cabinet pull at vertical midpoint: On wall cabinets with doors opening upwards or downwards rather than sideways; align pulls vertically at their midpoint for optimal accessibility and style.

Remember that there are no strict rules when it comes to fitting kitchen cabinet hardware  use your personal judgment along with our recommendations for best results.


Plank Hardware SWIRLED Swift Knob and SEARLE Pull Handle

Measuring Accurately for Pull Placement 📏

To achieve precise measurements when installing kitchen cabinet hardware, follow these steps carefully. First, use a tape measure to determine the exact positions of your new hardware. Mark the intended locations lightly with a pencil, ensuring they are level across all cabinets ✏

  • A reliable tape measure is essential for accurate pull placement. Measure each cabinet and drawer face where you plan to install cabinet pulls.
  • Once you've determined the correct position for each pull, paste masking tape on to your cabinet or drawer to then make light pencil marks, providing an accurate guide during drilling.
  • Before proceeding with drilling holes, double-check all marked positions against one another to ensure consistency in alignment and spacing between pulls. If necessary, adjust any markings accordingly before moving forward.

Accurately measuring for pull placement is essential to ensure that the installation process runs smoothly. With starter holes drilled and an awl in hand, you can begin installing your new kitchen cabinet pulls.


Plank Hardware BECKER D-Bar Pull

Drilling Starter Holes and Using an Awl

Before attaching your new kitchen cabinet hardware, it's essential to drill small starter holes. This will help prevent splitting the wood during the larger hole creation process 🪓

  • Begin by drilling a shallow pilot hole at each marked pull location using a drill bit slightly smaller than your screw diameter. This ensures that your screws will fit snugly without damaging the surrounding wood.
  • If you prefer even greater control over your drilling direction and depth, consider using an awl. By creating a dent in the spot where you want to drill, an awl can minimize potential damage while maximizing accuracy.
  • When working with delicate materials or tight spaces, always proceed slowly and carefully when drilling. This will prevent wood splitting and damage during drilling. Ensure that you're applying steady pressure throughout the process so as not to cause any unnecessary harm to your cabinets or drawers.

All in all, drilling starter holes and using an awl are essential steps in the installation of kitchen cabinet pulls, as they ensure accuracy and help to prevent wood splitting. With these key points out of the way, you can now move on to attaching your hardware.


KEPLER T-Bar Pull installation

Attaching Your Hardware

Once you have drilled the appropriate holes, it's time to attach your new hardware. Follow these simple steps to ensure a secure and stylish installation:

  1. Insert screws from inside cabinets or drawers. Push the screw(s) into each hole from the inside so they poke outwards. This will make it easier to align them with your pull holes.
  2. Align pulls with screw ends. Carefully position your chosen Plank pull over the protruding screw ends, ensuring that all holes line up correctly.
  3. Once aligned, use a screwdriver or drill with an appropriate bit to tighten each screw securely. Be cautious not to overtighten as this may cause damage or misalignment of your pulls.

Your shiny new kitchen cabinet pulls are now in place. By following our expert guide on positioning and measuring accurately for pull placement, you can enjoy a refreshed look in your culinary space without any hassle.


Kitchen with BECKER D-Bar Pull and BEZEL Knob

FAQs in Relation to Kitchen Cabinet Pulls

What is the rule for kitchen cabinet pulls?

The general rule for kitchen cabinet pulls is to position them ergonomically and aesthetically. For drawers, place pulls horizontally and vertically centered. On doors, install them 2 inches from the top edge, opposite to hinges. Wall cabinets should have pulls at their vertical midpoint. Always measure accurately before drilling holes to ensure proper placement.

What cabinet pulls are in style for 2023?

In 2023, popular cabinet pull styles include minimalistic designs with clean lines, matte black finishes, mixed materials like wood and metal combinations, as well as vintage-inspired brass or gold-toned hardware. These trends emphasize functionality while adding a touch of elegance to your kitchen space.


Green kitchen with HUMBOLDT Knobs and KEPLER Heavyweight Pull

Installing new kitchen cabinet pulls can be a simple and rewarding DIY project. By following these steps, you can achieve accurate placement and secure attachment of your hardware for both upper and lower cabinets.

Gather the necessary tools, measure carefully, drill starter holes, and attach your Plank hardware with precision. With your new cabinet hardware in place, be sure to share your project by tagging us at @plankhardware 📸