The Basics of Cabinet Hardware

Remodeling any part of your home can be overwhelming. When choosing new cabinet hardware there are so many different factors and options. We aim to make things a little simpler with this quick guide to everything you need to know about cabinet hardware.

What are the different types of hardware?

Knobs are one of the most basic forms of hardware. They are often used for cabinet doors with a more square shape or for smaller cabinet doors.

Pulls are another one of the most basic types of hardware. They can be categorized into bar pulls, handles, cup pulls and bail pulls. Pulls are often used for drawers with a rectangular shape.

What are the different types of finishes?

No matter what style or colors your home is decorated with, there is a finish that will match it perfectly. The most popular finishes are…

Brushed Oil Rubbed Bronze (BORB)- Going for a rustic or cottage feel? This is the finish you are looking for

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Brushed Nickel (BN)- This finish will match any kitchen or bathroom. Classic!

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Matt Black (MB)- Perfect for that modern look.

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Brushed Black Nickel (BNBDL)- For a more vintage look, go with this finish.


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More unique finishes include Pewter, Polished Brass and Matt Chrome.


  • What is center-to-center?

Center-to-center is the distance between the two holes for screws located on the handle (see image below). When purchasing a handle, you will want to make sure that the holes being drilled on your cabinet match the measurements for the handle’s center-to-center. This can be made much easier with the use of a drill template. 

  • How do I measure my cabinet hardware?

Hardware is generally measured using length, height and center-to-center as shown below.

Where can I get the best hardware for the best price?

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How do I know which hardware to pick?

With so many different options out there, it can be difficult to match your cabinet hardware in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. Luckily, we have already done that for you! Handles and knobs have already been placed together in a variety of collections and can be found on our website.

How do I install my new cabinet hardware?

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to install your new hardware, see here.



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