Choosing the best kitchen cabinet handles

December 23, 2014

Find out how to sift through the options and choose kitchen cabinets that will do the job and also add a touch of style to your kitchen.

Choosing kitchen cabinets may seem like a simple task but who knew there were so many options out there? Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for the right kitchen cabinets for your space.

Choosing the best kitchen cabinet handles

They're the focal point of your room

No matter which ones you choose, cabinets are the focal point of your kitchen. They take nearly all the wall space and depending on the choice, can make or break the look you're going for. Cabinet handles may seem like a small detail, but they quickly become one of the most prominent features in your space.

While the nouveau antique blenders and stainless steel toasters get attention, cabinets are usually just fulfilling a need. So why not give them some life?


The look and feel cabinet handles give your kitchen may be on your mind, but functionality is probably the most important trait to look out for. Can you slip your fingers under them easily and comfortably, and are they built well enough to be durable over the time?

Since most handles are made from metals like brushed steel, nickel or aluminum, they tend to be sturdy. Even wooden handles are generally designed to match constructions that, over time, have been proven to function and to last.

Choose your style

There are many manufacturers that make simple, minimalist handles for cabinets. So, if you have a clean, ultra-modern aesthetic, you can find minimalist handles that fit your look. On the other hand, if you have more of an eclectic style, you can find vintage handles that give a sense of whimsy, or a touch of retro class. It's really all about personal taste. If you can find a handle that is functional, the next step is to choose one that fits your personal style.

Mix it up

Some people choose to mix and match their cabinet handles, to play with colours and shapes that can add some fun to the cabinets. This is especially effective against cabinetry with a solid colour, or in flat white.

You could also consider re-purposing items to become cabinet handles, such as chrome parts from old appliances and handles from cabinets in medical offices. Finding things that you like at flea markets, junk shops and antique stores around town can provide a great and unique twist to your kitchen drawers and cabinets.

Give them a test drive

If you're on the fence, purchase a few different kitchen cabinet handles and bring them home with you. Screw them in and leave them in place for a few days. The more you look at them and use them, the easier it will be to make your final choice.

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