5 Top Tips On Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Handles


Written by Charmaine on December 3, 2016 in Kitchen Design

Handles are the final touches in a kitchen and they can be traditional, contemporary or minimalist. Choosing kitchen cabinet handles has to be done with care because they often last a lifetime and begin to look increasingly jarring if not chosen right. These 5 top tips will ensure you never go wrong with their choice.

Kitchen cabinet handles may be the last thing on your mind when building a kitchen or renovating an existing one. They are small, necessary but don’t cost as much as the rest of the materials. They are often bought because we like them, independent of how they enhance the decor or blend with the overall look.


Kitchen knobs are very different from handles and pulls. The difference might be inconsequential but both of these have different features and purposes, that can affect the overall look of the kitchen. Round knobs are more casual, welcoming and have a home-style look. They work well in an older setting, with wood-based cabinets and rustic decor. Kitchen cabinet handles and pulls are more modern and contemporary. They complement steel kitchens, minimalism and look eclectic and sophisticated. There is no fixed rule however and each can be interchanged with the other.



The foremost criteria for choosing handles is their quality. A well designed, good quality handle stands the test of time. Handles and knobs are often touched and pulled while opening and closing kitchen doors and cabinets. They must look stylish, but more importantly be functional and strong.

Test out handles before you decide to buy them, see whether they can be gripped easily, pulled properly. The grip is particularly important especially considering people who may have bigger hands or older people with joint problems.


Once you decide the style and function of a knob or a handle, next is to know the kind of material or finish you want it in. Cabinet handles and pulls come in myriad different materials, from special steel to polished brass and even simple plastic. As a rule of thumb, steel or chrome handles exude a modern, sophisticated look whereas brass and bronze are more traditional and antiquated. Plastic knobs work well in areas that are inconspicuous. Finishes also vary and can go from matte or glossy black, to pewter, brass and steel. Consider other kitchen elements before deciding the finish, however. Black handles don’t go very well with pastel shades and a brass look may not sit well with red cabinets. Similarly brushed stainless steel blends in beautifully with steel sinks and chrome appliances.



Handles are available in various sizes and lengths. It is up to you whether you want to mix and match handle lengths or keep it same throughout. If you want to maintain uniformity of look, regardless of drawer length, then similar lengths are apter. There are handles available in a medium length which can suit any type of kitchen cabinet. If you aren’t sure what these are, then ask your kitchen designer.


It is important to fix handles and knobs after the cabinets have been installed in the kitchen. Stand in your new kitchen and hold handles against cabinet drawers and doors. As a general rule of thumb, vertical handles are placed on doors and horizontal on drawers. Also, they need to be placed on doors where they won’t crash into each other. Placing handles horizontally on cabinet doors is unusual but looks good in some kitchens.

Contemporary and streamlined kitchens have no handles. A recessed lip at the top of each door and front of the drawer creates a channel that helps pull them outwards.

‘Push to Open’ mechanism, a feature in most kitchen cabinets designed by HomeLane are a simple and cost-effective option to open doors without handles. This is usually incorporated directly into the carcass of the cabinetry.

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