Kitchen cabinet hardware is the working detail of the cabinetry. Hinges, handles and guides are not only essential to functionality, but can make or break the quality, value and longevity of the kitchen cabinetry.
Whether decorative or simple, kitchen hardware must fit and function perfectly for a quality finish.
The door hinge is the single most important functional piece of the cabinet and bears the most stress of any other element. Smooth operation, resistance to rust, bending, warping and cracking, and able to withstand daily use without degradation, makes a high quality hinge essential to the value of your investment.
Hinges and hardware will be selected according to material, functionality, style and budget during your design consultation.
Concealed (Euro-Style) Cabinet Hinges
Among the most popular hinge styles, concealed hinges offer a more modern look and allow the full beauty of the cabinet to be enjoyed. Concealed hinges are fully-hidden inside the cabinet door on both frameless and face-frame cabinet styles.
Concealed hinges may be used on inset doors, overlay doors and partial inset doors as well, and offer an exceptional solution for most situations.
On face frame (partial overlay) doors, a semi-concealed hinge may be used to display the outer half of the hinge. Semi-concealed hinges come in several sizes and styles and may be used as an additional decorative accent.
Where doors and frame are flush, a surface mounted hinge may be used to allow proper closing of the door. Surface mounted hinges may be fully-visible (decorative) or concealed.
A demountable cabinet hinge is built to fit into a slot cut into a door, cabinet, or both.
Overlay hinges wrap around the door or cabinet, or both.
Cabinet door hinges may also be self-closing, self-opening or soft-closing.
Cabinet Door Handles
Kitchen door handles may be knobs or pulls. A knob is mounted with a single screw or bolt and may be installed with a back plate, or alone.
Pulls take more space, and are secured with 2 or more screws or bolts. Due to their size, pulls normally have a larger impact on your cabinetry and must be chosen carefully to ensure a seamless overall design. Pulls also may be installed with a backplate, again increasing the cabinet space that is covered by the hardware.
Common materials for cabinet handles and pulls include:
• Oil Rubbed Bronze
• Antique Copper
• Polished Chrome
• Polished Sterling or Antique Brass
During your kitchen remodeling consultation, DeLapp Builders Quality, Affordable Kitchens will assist you in choosing the kitchen cabinet hardware the accents the style of your new kitchen while providing long-lasting functionality and beauty. Give us a call to discuss your kitchen renovation ideas!