While some may not put too much thought into the workings of their kitchen and bathroom cabinets, there are actually quite a few different elements that need to come together for these types of storage spaces to function properly.
Latches, hinges, and drawer slides are all helpful accessories when installing or replacing cabinets and drawers. Latches keep cabinet doors firmly closed when they aren’t in use and come in a range of options, from simple spring-roller latches and magnetic-catch latches to more secure measures that feature child-safe mechanisms or even a lock and key. Hinges seem straightforward at first, but there are a wide variety of styles and shapes to accommodate any cabinet style or preference. Drawer slides are hardware pieces that allow a drawer to slide in and out of its closed position. These also come in a few different styles that include smooth ball bearing slides, soft-close slides and full-extension variations.
Cabinet knobs and pulls are great accessories that put the fun in functional hardware. They come in thousands of sizes, styles and shapes to bring the perfect look to a space. Cabinet hardware can also be a great way to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture; new pulls and a fresh coat of paint can update or refurbish any dresser, nightstand or accent cabinet.
To give a drawer or cabinet a more decorative appearance, you can also add a backplate behind the knob or pull. Backplates protect the cabinet surface around the knob from wear, offer even more opportunity for embellishment and can help cover up holes from prior hardware.