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How to Buy Cabinet Pulls

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Buyer's Guide: Door Cabinet Pulls

New cabinet pulls are one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a style update in the kitchen, bathroom or any room with cabinetry. All it takes is a few spare minutes to make an eye-catching addition to your drawers and cabinets that will enhance the look and value of your home.

A knob has only one fastener or screw, where as a pull requires two.

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Terms

There are not too many terms you need to be familiar with before you buy your cabinet hardware. But, there are a few involving product measurements that you may want to become familiar with.

Center-to-Center: The distance between mounting/screw holes. If you have the option, it is always recommended that you wait to drill your holes until you have actually received the pull. This is also referred to as “Hole Spacing.”

Length: Length is just that, the total length of the pull.

Projection: The distance the pull sticks out from the cabinet or door.

Pre-drilled: This usually refers to cabinets that have previously existing holes. If this is the case, you may want to stay away from hand-made pulls that might have small variations from what is pictured.

Types of Pull

Bin Pull: Usually half oval pulls; they should be strong enough to support a clothing or pantry bin without issue.

Appliance Pull: Often times these are mounted on refrigerators or stoves. They should be sturdy enough to open a fully loaded fridge door without any problem.

Door Pull: Used both commercially and now more commonly in residential situations, they serve to open doors in the place of door hardware.

Cabinet Pull: The most common pulls, they are used in the same manner as knobs, but are slightly bigger and generally have two mounting points.

New cabinet pulls are one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a style update in the kitchen, bathroom or any room with cabinetry. All it takes is a few spare minutes to make an eye-catching addition to your drawers and cabinets that will enhance the look and value of your home.

Cabinet Pulls: Finishes and Styles

A cabinet pull's color is a big deciding factor when selecting the right look for a cabinet or drawer. Trends in finishes rise and fall on a fairly frequent schedule (oil-rubbed bronze may be in this year, but perhaps satin nickel will be creating buzz next year) when it comes to cabinet pulls, so it's important to focus on what you like and what you think looks good.

Brass and black finishes are often associated with classic or traditional looks while nickel and chrome are familiar in contemporary designs, but you can find plenty of finishes in any style category you can imagine.

Cabinet Pulls: Size ("Center to Center")

Cabinet pulls come in a wide variety of sizes and are often categorized by their "center-to-center" measurement. The center-to-center measurement is the distance between the centers of the mounting holes, which is different (and very often shorter) than the pull's full length.

The most common center-to-center measurement is 3 inches and is a good place to start for most cabinets and drawers, but pulls can be found in any size you need. Keep in mind that most pulls use this kind of measurement, whereas knobs are sized according to diameter.

Installation

How do I know how far apart to drill holes?

The specific pull you purchase will have a “Center-to-center” measurement. This is the distance between anchor points, which is where you will need to drill holes. You may make your own template once you receive your pulls or purchase a template online.

What size of pull do I need to match my existing drill holes?

Measure the distance between your existing holes and compare this to the “center-to-center” measurement listed on the product page. If you are replacing existing pulls, you will want to find ones with the same center-to-center measurement.

Do I need to buy screws?

Some manufacturers include complementary screws when they send pulls. These screws may or may not be the proper length for your cabinet. Screws should be long enough to reach through the cabinet door and project into the pull. Most instructions should specify the width of screw necessary for your specific pull. If this measurement is not included, simply take the pull to your local hardware store and test until you find the proper width.

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How do I install a cabinet pull?

  1. Measure the thickness of the cabinet drawer or door and buy the correct length of screws.
  2. Determine where you want to place the pull. Make a mark on the cabinet for each screw.
  3. Drill perpendicular to the surface where the dot is marked.
  4. Measure this distance so you can place other pulls in the same place.
  5. Continue this process until all of your holes are drilled.
  6. Insert the screws from the inside of the cabinet.
  7. Attach the pull and turn clockwise to secure.
  8. Use a screwdriver to tighten if necessary.
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