The kitchen is one of those places in the home that you spend a lot of time in. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to change up the look like other rooms in the home. While you can easily rearrange the furniture in the living room in an afternoon, changing the look of your kitchen usually requires a major rip and tear project.
But kitchen cabinet hardware offers a far easier and much less expensive way to give your kitchen an entirely new look. You’d be surprised how changing the knobs, pulls, drawer slides and even the hinges can offer a fresh update without spending tons of money.
While replacing your existing kitchen cabinet hardware is pretty straightforward, it’s not a haphazard project. Just like choosing a new coffee table or sofa, you need to give some thought about the style, color, features and even the ergonomics of your kitchen cabinet hardware. If you don’t, you could find that your new kitchen look isn’t as dreamy as you had hoped.
The good news is that redoing the kitchen with new kitchen cabinet hardware is not an expensive proposition. If you just replace the knobs and pulls alone, you may be in it for anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars, depending on the kind of hardware you choose.
As with anything, there are lots of different price points. Very simple knobs can run you under a buck each. For a more personalized or customized look, cabinet kitchen hardware can cost more. As they say, the sky is the limit, especially if you want something that is not your usual run-of-the-mill hardware.
That said, it is still far cheaper to replace the kitchen cabinet hardware than tearing out all your cabinets and counters and starting from scratch. Best of all, you can do it over a weekend. Swapping out existing knobs and pulls with the same type of hardware will only take you an hour or two. If you decide to make a more drastic switch, such as changing from pulls to knobs or vice versa, you will need to do a little more work, since you may have to drill new holes and even patch the old ones. For example, if your existing kitchen cabinet hardware has a single knob, you may need to fill that hole if you are going to put in a pull, which has two connect points. However, you may be able to use a back plate instead, covering up the old hole with the plate and not having to do any filling or cosmetic work.
When shopping for new kitchen cabinet hardware, you want to make sure you take an inventory of all the existing hardware you have – the number of pulls, back plates, knobs, etc. that you will need. This will help you in the budgeting stage. Then you want to decide on the style and finish. A good way to do this is to do some initial shopping, selecting a few styles or finishes that you like and installing them on a few of your cabinets. Live with them for a while and see which one you like best. Then make the rest of your purchases once you’ve settled on your favorite look for your kitchen cabinet hardware.
If you don’t find the styles and finishes you’re looking for where you live, try shopping online. Online retailers have a larger selection of hardware and often stock more unusual styles, since they can source from smaller or boutique designers and manufacturers that the larger home improvement stores can’t afford to stock. This also allows you to easily a find a couple different ones you like, have them delivered to your home, install them and settle on the ones you actually want before placing your final order.