Choosing Hardware: How to Get a Handle on Your Bathroom Cabinets

Written by Brittany Allen

bathroom cabinet hardware St. Louis MOAll designers know that it’s the little things that often make the biggest impact. That definitely holds true for the bathroom cabinet hardware you choose.

Just like selecting a pair of shoes to complete a favorite outfit, one choice over another can completely change your look. From rustic pulls to colorful knobs and edge pulls, styles and trends run the gamut.

Here are some of our current favorites and a step-by-step process for picking the perfect hardware for your new bath.

Bathroom Cabinet Hardware Trends

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Striking a balance between timeless and trending is difficult, but not impossible. If you’re planning to start a bathroom remodel, you have a wide variety of hardware choices available that can add a touch of elegance, class, or whimsy to your décor.

  • Step 1: The finish. The finish you choose is just as important as the hardware itself. There are plenty of choices, including brass, bronze, nickel, and chrome. And most come in light and dark versions, as well as polished or satin finishes. Mixing, not matching, is a big design trend. Neutrals like nickel, chrome, and stainless look good on just about any surface.
  • Step 2: Your style. Some designers believe the safest bet is to match your hardware finishes to your permanent fittings such as your faucets and showerheads. Others suggest having fun with your choices, maybe introducing pops of color or sparkle. We think the perfect choice is one that expresses your personality and sense of style. In other words, don’t be afraid to go matchy-matchy or all out eclectic if that’s who you are!
  • Step 3: Placement. Keeping practicality in mind, bathroom cabinet hardware can be placed however and wherever you want! But the classic placements never let you down. On the other hand, when hardware is placed wrong, it can make an otherwise awesome space look not so awesome at all.  Pulls on drawers and knobs on door is the standard rule, but it’s one that can be broken for smaller spaces like a bathroom. For small bathroom drawers, center a pull in both directions. Want something a little more modern? Place knobs or pulls so the bottom or top is flush with the edge of the face frame.

Size Matters

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Choosing the right bathroom cabinet hardware size requires a balance of style and function. Your own personal design preferences rule here, but there are standards most people follow.

Scale Definitely Matters

For oversized cabinetry, longer length pulls or oversized knobs with a diameter of 1-1/2 inches or larger is ideal. Standard size cabinets typically look best with pull sizes of 3-4 inches and knobs that are 1-1/4 to 1-3/8 inches. For narrow drawers, use smaller knobs that are less than an inch in diameter, or try t-pulls instead of bar pulls.

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No matter which bathroom cabinet hardware you choose, don’t be afraid to try something different. Play around with styles and placement. Is a pull meant to be mounted horizontally? Give it a spin and see how it looks vertically. Or try knobs on drawers and pulls on doors. A good bathroom designer can help you create a look that reflects your style and is pleasing to the eye.

If you’re ready to get started on transforming your bathroom from outdated to up-to-the-minute, we’re here to walk you through the process. We’ll carefully guide you in picking the right cabinet hardware and so much more.

To learn more about our bathroom remodeling process or to set up an initial consultation, get in touch with us today. We look forward to meeting with you!

Brittany received her interior design degree in 2010 and recently earned her kitchen and bathroom certifications. She sees her job as much more than just picking out pretty colors and materials – it also involves exact measurements, plenty of planning, and determining how to have a space accurately reflect the lifestyle of its occupants.

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