Rhyme and reason for knob, pull placement

lalitharAugust 24, 2012

We are doing a vintagey kitchen and I am looking at vintage cast iron looking hardware. I have a lot of feedback on places to look including eBay. However, I am realizing that I do not have a good idea of the logic or the aesthetics of when to do single bin pulls, when double pulls work better, when to use knobs, handles etc.. I went through several old threads and the consensus seems to be whatever works for you.. gulp! Given that my last kitchen was builder grade with no hardware, I need some help to send me along the right way.. DH is quite convinced that I am making a mountain out of a molehill and we should just but a bunch of knobs and be done.. I on the other hand love the mixed up eclectic look with knobs, bin pulls, and sash type handles. Please help get the look I want without making it a mixed up mess.

To remind folks we have a galley in a Spanish/ mission ranch which is open on both ends. All drawer base with some uppers. Painted cabinets.

Galley side A

Galley side B

Here is the type of hardware I plan to use..

Bin pull type about 4in

Handle and knobs.. I like how the hardware is mixed up in this picture. Love the eclectic look.

Bigger knobs. I am thinking this for uppers and possibly trash.. Mine is a rollout .. Should I do a handle along the top frame instead?

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labbie

We did pulls on drawers,and did two only on the wider pot drawers. For the trash and spice pullouts we did pulls even though they are next to drawers with knobs. Due to the weight, the pull just feels better to us.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 12:06AM
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labbie

We did pulls on drawers,and did two only on the wider pot drawers. For the trash and spice pullouts we did pulls even though they are next to drawers with knobs. Due to the weight, the pull just feels better to us.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 12:58AM
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breezygirl

You're gonna love me.....do what YOU want! LOL! You love the pic you showed, right? Then mix it up like that. Personally, that pic is too busy for me with the three different types of hardware and with the two bar pulls on the center island drawers, although I love those knobs even though I'm not a knob person.

I have (obviously since my whole kit is pulls) a pull on my trash drawer. I find this easier than a knob would be. The pull has more surface area to grab, and I can open it by grabbing from below or above with a little pinky if the rest of my fingers are dirty. My pullout needs a bit of a tug to get it started. For ease of use, I recommend a regular bar pull installed horizontally for trash. Again though, do what looks best to you.

I'll tell you how I approached my hardware placement. I knew I wanted all pulls and was unsure of which size pull I'd want on which size drawer so I purposely ordered too many of each size. When my order came, I held up the various sizes to each drawer and decided. Then I sent the remaining, unused pulls back. Another option would be to buy one or two of each piece of hardware you're considering and experiment before the entire order is placed.

Will your appliances be paneled so you're putting on your own hardware?

In looking at your plan again, I might suggest the following:

-putting pulls on all your uppers

Galley A
-two pulls on drawers larger than 25" since your pulls are small
-one pull on drawers smaller than 25"
-can't tell the measurements or exactly the configuration of the trash area (is each door face pullout or just a pullout on the right? Drawer above?)
Galley B
-knobs on the hutch
-pulls on the stack left of DW
-pull on the top of the stack right of sink and pulls for lower three

Just a possible starting point! I'm sure you could work it up a couple of different ways and have it look fabulous! Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 1:43AM
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breezygirl

The mix of the three different hardwares suddenly reminded me of one of my most favorite GW kitchens-Segbrown. I'll link her kitchen below. Perhaps it can give you more ideas for your own placement.

Here is a link that might be useful: Segbrown's stunner

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 1:49AM
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segbrown

Hey, look, it's me ... ;-)

We did have rhyme and reason for our mix of placement, believe it or not.

Basically, cup pulls went on slab drawers, knobs on the narrow drawers, and handles on panel drawers. Whether we put the handle in the center panel or on the stile depended on height and how they would be used ... we put them on the top stile on the island so I wouldn't have to reach too far down to pull them.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 1:16PM
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holligator

The "eclectic" pic reminded me of one of my all-time favorite kitchens--Elizpiz's. But wait...that IS Elizpiz's kitchen! The linked thread includes a discussion of the hardware, and she shares her sources. If you're thinking of doing anything like her kitchen, I can't wait to see the results!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Elizpiz's gorgeous kitchen

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 2:47PM
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lalithar

Holligator, it is indeed Elizpiz's kitchen :) which is one of my favorite kitchens for the feel it invokes.

Breezy. - thanks for your notes on what would look good. I am going to draw it on a printout of the plan and see how it looks. All my appliances are paneled so that I can have a cohesive look.. Important in my galley based on GW feedback. Re: trash.. the right side is trash pullout and the left is a pullout for Oils, vinegars etc. I had not seen Segbrown's finished post.. So thanks for posting that.. What a charming and functional kitchen!

Segbrown- DH likes your reason for the hardware placement.. We are going to try to do some layouts to see if it works for our flow..I love your kitchen.. Can't believe I had not seen it before.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 3:40PM
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