Cabinet Hardware: Decorative and Functional

By Benedict Perez

Now a days many different styles are available in cabinets. But the different designs of cabinet hardware make it look more beautiful. These designs match the different style of cabinets.

You will find different styles ranging wildly from simple big-box manufactured face frame cabinets with slab panel doors to intricately crafted custom cabinets hewn from the hands of generations of craftsmen. Cabinet hardware is used for two different purposes: decorative and functional.

Decorative cabinet hardware solves the purpose of both decoration and opening and closing of drawers and cabinets. This cabinet hardware is mounted on the front of drawers and cabinets. It gives a beautiful finish to the cabinets and drawers. Your room will look more beautiful and attractive. You will find different types of decorative cabinet hardware like handle pulls, cup pulls, knobs, back plates, ring, bail and pendant pulls.

Handle pulls and cup pulls are large and are fitted with two screws at both sides. It is solid and durable. Bail pulls are fitted with mounting screws and are solid and swinging type bails. In knobs there is only one mounting screw required. Rings and pendent pulls are fitted with only one mounting screw. Some ring and pendent pulls are designed in such a way that they require two mounting screw.

Measurement for cup pull type is done in a different way from others. In this centre to centre measurement is done. It is mostly used for replacing the old same sized handle. If you are buying one in place of old cup pull handle, make sure that you opt for one that is of same size otherwise you have to refinish your whole cabinet or drawer. In centre to centre measurement, measurement is taken from the centre of one hole to the centre of other hole and then cup pull is fitted using these measurements.

The basic abbreviations if the measurements are C-C, C/C and CTC. Commonly you will find handles of the size 3", 3-1/2", 96mm and 4". There are many other uncommon measurements but the most important are this one. You will find cabinet hardware of different materials and colors like Oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardware, satin nickel cabinet hardware, matte black cabinet hardware, black antique cabinet hardware, weathered nickel cabinet hardware, Swedish iron cabinet hardware, antique copper cabinet hardware, antique brass cabinet hardware and different other finishes.

Functional cabinet hardware is basically used for function of cabinets and drawers like opening and closing, sliding, etc. It is totally related to function and not at all fir decoration. Some of this cabinet hardware is hidden. Functional hardware comes in two different types that are door hinges and drawer hinges.

Many improvements are made in the design of cabinet hardware. It is made up of many different materials and colors and many different shapes and sizes. You can also get cabinet hardware from internet with full description. Always choose the one that is long lasting and of good quality. - 29857

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