When you embark on any sort of project the key to a successful completion is a keen eye for detail. This stands true in home renovations as well. As a consumer it is in your best interest to not only know that there are different options available, but it is up to you to stay educated on what is offered to you. This way you can ensure that you are being provided the best quality. In the kitchen your eyes typically go towards the cabinets. You notice the wood, the door style, and the stain on the cabinetry, but the hardware used to accessorize and help support that cabinetry is just as important. And just like everything else in the kitchen, there is a plethora of kitchen hardware.
One of the main components of a cabinet is the hinge. The hinge is what allows for the cabinet door to open. It also determines how much that door opens. There are concealed hinges and exposed hinges. Hinges on corner cabinets tend to allow for the door to open slightly, at approximately 90 degrees. A glass door cabinet typically opens about 100 degrees, and then there are hinges that allow for the door to open almost a full 180 degrees. Standard European hinges, which are typically used on frameless cabinetry, hold up to twenty pounds per hinge. This means that on a standard wall or base cabinet two hinges should suffice. On a taller pantry there should be at least three hinges to allow for the extra weight being stored.
Another type of cabinet hardware is the cabinet pilaster which is usually available in metal. These pilasters give you versatility in placing your shelves in the kitchen cabinets . The pilasters are mounted vertically to the cabinet wall, and you can move your shelves up or down as long as they snap into the pilaster.
What most people consider to be important kitchen cabinet hardware is the drawer pulls and knobs. These little accessories help tie in the overall look of your kitchen. Whether your look is modern or traditional there are knobs and pulls to match your taste. Today’s drawer and door front hardware is available in an array of materials from chrome, nickel, bronze, steel, to wood. As all things do, these accessories range in price. As you begin your kitchen renovation be sure to check out all of your options in kitchen cabinet hardware.