Contemporary to Classic: Cabinet Pulls

Cabinet pulls are the tie between our cabinets and ourselves: they are what we touch when we open a door or pull out a drawer. There are several different types, five of which we outline here. If you're working on your kitchen, get to know the different types available to you and choose one that feels good in your hand: you will be using them a lot!

  • Wire Pulls: Perhaps the least expensive and easiest to come by, wire pulls are generally plain, like the one shown in image 2. They are a simple bent shape that can come in metal, plastic and even wood. A variation on the wire pull for an even more contemporary appearance is the bar pull that's mounted to cabinets (or appliances) on standoff legs as in image 3.
  • Knobs: A real classic, the mushroom knob (image 4) is a timeless choice that you can personalize for your home by choosing from lots of different sizes and finishes. Knobs can also be more decorative, as in image 5.
  • Bin Pulls: Bin pulls are a throwback traditional style that we love (see images 6 and 7). They're great for drawers and deep, sliding bins and are less often used for cabinet doors. They can, however, be paired with mushroom knobs for a classic look that will last.
  • Integrated: Integrated pulls are generally recessed into the cabinetry for a flush appearance and function. Can be great for tight spaces where even a knob sticking out could pose a nuisance. They are most often contemporary in style - see examples in images 8 and 9 above, and in this post over at Apartment Therapy.
  • Latch Pulls: Another traditional style, these are for doors - not drawers - and function as both a latch and knob. See image 10.

Good sources for knobs include Häfele for modern styles (wire pulls and integrated hardware) and Van Dyke's or Whitechapel for more traditional and decorative styles.

What type of cabinet pulls do you have in your kitchen? Any good sources to recommend?

(Images: 2: EPCO Hardware, 3: Restoration Hardware, 4: Van Dyke's, 5: Decorative Hardware, 6: Horton Brasses, 7: Whitechapel, 8: Taylor Craft, 9: via Apartment Therapy, 10: Scordo)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.