Cabinet Knob Placement

Cabinet Knob Placement

We regularly receive homeowner questions from TaylorCraft Cabinet Door Company’s Houzz page asking where to place knobs and pulls on cabinet doors. Providing homeowners with a visual of cabinet door hardware placement can position your cabinet shop as a source of knowledge and help prevent misunderstandings. Communicating hardware placement standards to customers can also boost satisfaction and future recommendations, and reduce frustration internally. TaylorCraft Cabinet Door Company’s Cabinet Door Hardware Placement pdf shows common cabinet doors and drawer fronts and where knobs or pulls would typically be placed. Feel free to use this document internally and with your clients. Hardware Placement on Cabinet Doors Both knobs and pulls are almost always centered horizontally on the door stile (the frame piece that runs vertically). Some companies place knobs a little higher or lower on the stile than others, with the range typically between 2″ and 4″ from the bottom or top edge of the door, and some center hardware vertically on the stile rather than place it towards the top or bottom of the door.  For knobs, we recommend the knob holes be centered horizontally on the door stile and on upper cabinets, place knob holes 2-1/2” up from the bottom of the door. On lower cabinets place knob holes 2-1/2” down from the top of the door. For pulls (having two screws) on upper cabinets, the pull should be centered horizontally on the door stile and the bottom hole should be placed 2-1/2” up from the bottom of the door. For lower cabinets the upper hole should be placed vertically, 2-1/2” down from the top of the door. On tall lower cabinets, with a center rail, such as pantry/broom closets, knobs and pulls should be centered horizontally on the door stile and vertically on the middle of the center rail. On tall upper cabinets with a center rail such as tall linen cabinets, knobs and pulls should be centered horizontally on the stile and 2-1/2” up from the bottom of the door. For cabinet door profiles that have a lot of detail and not much flat area, such as our MW2 and MW24, we recommend selecting a knob or pull with a narrow footprint and placing it on the most flat portion of the frame profile, in the center of the curve. Below are several knobs and pulls with a narrow footprint that would work well on a curved frame profile. Hardware on Drawer Fronts Knob and pull holes should be centered horizontally and vertically in the middle of the 5-piece or slab drawer front. Some people like to install 2 knobs or pulls on very wide drawer fronts that will be filled with heavy items but people tend to use only one of the pulls/knobs when opening the drawer, so using only one and centering it is typically recommended. Do not install hardware on false drawer fronts in front of sinks or cooktops unless the desired effect is frustration, confusion or humor : ) We’d love to hear your feedback on what has worked and what hasn’t and what your set of standards is for cabinet door hardware placement.
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Cabinet Knob Placement

DEAR TIM: I am struggling with cabinet knobs on my new kitchen cabinets. The cabinet knob placement has me scratching my head. How do you know where to place kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls? Should I use cabinet knob backplates? Can you tell me the proper way how to position cabinet knobs? Lois M., Canton, GA
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Cabinet Knob Placement

Cabinet knobs and pulls are among the last components installed in a new kitchen. They are both decorative and functional, and their placement can affect the way the kitchen looks and the way the doors and drawers open. A knob or pull placed too close to the hinges on a cabinet door can make it more difficult to open. Likewise, a knob or pull placed in an unusual place may affect how the cabinet looks. Installed properly, however, new knobs and pulls can help enhance the entire kitchen.
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Cabinet Knob Placement

The cabinet knobs for kitchen wall cabinets seem to work very well when they are placed somewhere between 2.5 and 3 inches up from the lower corner of the cabinet door opposite the hinge side of the door. Since many cabinet doors have frames that surround a raised decorative panel, center the knob on the frame or flat area of the frame. Many cabinet door designs are different, so carefully look at the knob on the door before you make the final decision.
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Cabinet Knob Placement

Cabinet knobs are a great example of a utilitarian item found in just about every home that is a crossover between function and form. The knob performs a very important job by allowing you to easily open a cabinet door. But at the same time, the knob needs to look good , and more importantly, its placement on the door must look right.
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Cabinet Knob Placement

Placement for Use Cabinet knobs and cabinet pulls are typically installed between 2 1/2 and 3 inches from the corner of the cabinet doors furthest from the hinges. For upper cabinets, this is the lower corner; on base cabinets, this is the upper corner. Knobs and pulls installed on a kitchen drawer front are typically centered in the middle of the drawer, both top-down and side-to-side. Despite these rules, however, there is some room for variance, particularly depending on personal preference of the homeowner and how they look. Oversized knobs or pulls may look better placed lower down on a cabinet, for example, or geometric knobs that mirror the lines of the cabinet might work better placed slightly closer or further from the edge.
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Cabinet Knob Placement

Both knobs and pulls are almost always centered horizontally on the door stile (the frame piece that runs vertically). Some companies place knobs a little higher or lower on the stile than others, with the range typically between 2″ and 4″ from the bottom or top edge of the door, and some center hardware vertically on the stile rather than place it towards the top or bottom of the door.  For knobs, we recommend the knob holes be centered horizontally on the door stile and on upper cabinets, place knob holes 2-1/2” up from the bottom of the door. On lower cabinets place knob holes 2-1/2” down from the top of the door.
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Superglue the Knob Oblong and rectangular knobs that fasten with a single screw are notorious for twisting over time. Thread sealant will keep a screw from coming loose from the knob, but it won’t necessarily stop the knob from twisting. To solve the problem, add a drop of superglue to the back of these types of knobs before you install them.
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – hardware is an easy way to make a big impact in your space! Whether it’s swapping dated hardware for something new, or picking hardware for a brand new space, it adds so much to the overall design. However, when hardware is placed wrong it can make an otherwise awesome space look off. That’s why we’ve decided to pull together our best tips for making sure you place your hardware correctly. Following these tips will help you make your awesome new hardware really shine!Tip #1In traditional spaces, the general rule to follow is knobs on doors and pulls on drawers. Sometimes we’ll break this rule for small drawers or small spaces, like bathrooms! Modern Mountain Home Pacific Palisades Midway HouseTip #2For transitional and modern spaces, knobs and pulls can be used interchangeably. Sleek pulls all over are a great option for a more modern look. Modern Mountain Home Lynwood RemodelTip #3When drawers are 24″ wide or wider, we often like to double up on knobs or pulls. To place this hardware correctly, divide the drawer into thirds and place the hardware in the left and right portions of the drawer. Windsong Project Modern Mountain HomeTip #4For built-in refrigerators, make sure to purchase appliance pulls. This will ensure your pulls are proportional to the larger paneled doors and drawers. Robin Road Remodel Modern Mountain HomeTip #5There are a few different approaches to take when installing knobs. For a more current/modern feel, place the knobs so the bottom of the knob (in upper cabinetry) and the top of the knob (in base cabinetry) is flush with the edge of the face frame. Los Altos KitchenA classic approach to take is to center the middle of the knob to the edge of the face frame.And the third (more traditional) route is to completely center your knobs in the corner of the face frame. Pacific Palisades   
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A cabinet drill template is a piece of plastic that hangs from the corner of the cabinet. It is covered in holes at varying distances apart from one another and is used to help get the correct placement of knobs and pulls on every cabinet door. Hang the template on the door, locate the hole or holes you need to drill and draw their outline onto the cabinet with a pencil. When the template is removed, you have the area to drill perfectly marked.