Hardware Hints

Just like buttons on a blazer, cabinet knobs give beauty and character to your cabinets. There are many ways to refurbish your home, and stripping the wallpaper or painting might not be your cup of tea. However, replacing your cabinet hardware can be a fairly easy, project to update your home. No pressure to have everything done at one time – you can go from cabinet to cabinet at your own pace. And more often then not – all you need is a screwdriver.


Some knobs lose their finish over time – and can even start to look old, outdated, and boring. Assuming that your cabinets are in great shape – replacing the knobs can transform your room into a whole new space. Hardware from Edgar Berebi, inlaid with Swarovski Crystals, can add “glitter” to a room. Bronze pieces from Rocky Mountain Hardware or Nobilus can add a rustic feel.


Knobs are very simple to change because there is only one screw hole to deal with. However, in some instances the old knobs can leave an indention in the wood surface. Before ordering new knobs, you should remove one of the old ones first and check to see if there is a “ring” or other mark in the wood where the old knob was mounted. If this is the case, be sure that the base of the new knobs you are purchasing will cover the old mark, or you can add a backplate from Classic Brass, Colonial Bronze, or Alno to ensure proper coverage.


Drawer pull installation requires some more creativity, but it’s not too hard to figure out. As pulls have two mounting screws, the distance between these must be taken into consideration. If you are switching out old drawer pulls for new ones, in most cases you need to select new pulls that have the same “hole centers” between the mounting posts. The mounting hole centers are measured from the center of one hole to the center of the other hole. Some standard hole center sizes are 3 in., 3-1/2 in., 4 in. and so on (inch system). However, in recent years, more hardware has been made on international standards, which are based on increments of 32mm. For instance, examples of these sizes are 64mm, 96mm, and 128mm. This system was born of the equipment that drills holes in woodworking factories. It is standardized on the 32mm system and most of the world outside of the U.S. uses this system.


For new cabinets, anything goes because you simply need to drill the holes to fit the hardware you have chosen. Any cabinetmaker can drill mounting holes at any distance.


The best help – bring a piece of what you are replacing with you. We’ll help you measure so everything fits perfectly.


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