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Pulls or Knobs for Kitchen Cabinets?

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Depending on the type of kitchen cabinets you install, you may not need knobs or pulls for the cabinets to function. Beyond that, it’s a matter of style and personal preference. We’ve put together a few pros and cons of adding pulls or knobs to your kitchen cabinets.


Cost: The cost of hardware for kitchen cabinets can add up quickly, especially if you have a large kitchen or a lot of drawers and cabinets.

Appearance: You have to choose wisely or you might end up with a competing look in your kitchen.

Space: Protruding hardware on the cabinet doors can make a small kitchen space feel cramped. Good kitchen design will make small kitchens feel larger with a well-designed layout and innovative storage solutions.


Appearance: The wide variety of hardware available makes it possible for you to customize your kitchen cabinets easily. The extra personal touches go a long way in making your kitchen feel like home.

Cleanliness: No matter who you are, sometimes things get messy in the kitchen. When you have knobs or pulls on your kitchen cabinets and drawers, people use them. Without them, the façade of the cabinet will get dirty more quickly.

Maintenance: Over time the oils of your hands, not to mention grease or dirt that might adhere to them, can wear off the finish and damage the wood of your kitchen cabinets.

When you are considering whether or not to add pulls or knobs to kitchen cabinets, think first about function. If your cabinets will be difficult to open without hardware, don’t hesitate: add pulls or knobs. If hardware is not necessary for your kitchen cabinets to function, think about your household, your needs, and preferences.

As we mentioned before, the decision to include pulls or knobs on your kitchen cabinets is really a matter of personal style. At Dwell Custom Cabinetry, we have a design team that can help you determine if adding hardware to your kitchen cabinets will make sense and be a good look.