February 02, 2022 7 min read
One of the most common questions that we get is about cabinet pull sizes and how to choose the right size pull for your kitchen.
As small business owners who have been selling cabinet hardware in the United States for just over 14 years, we feel as though we have a pretty good pulse on our customer's everyday cabinet hardware concerns.
So, if you find yourself wondering what size pull handle will look right on your kitchen cabinet doors, then we have got you covered!
We are going to break down the different size cabinets and give you suggestions for pull sizes.
There is that question that we get almost daily.
In a previous article, we tackled this question regarding cabinet drawers and we introduced you to the 1/3 guideline. The guide is an easy way to find a pull that is properly proportioned for the width of the drawer.
When it comes to cabinet doors you don't have to (and usually don't) use the 1/3 rule to figure out the pull size that you will need.
So, how do you know what size pull you will need for your cabinet door?
Well, what you will find is that there isn't one set rule to follow for cabinet pull sizing on cabinet doors, but we have some suggestions that we think will help.
Generally, cabinet doors are divided into two basic sizes - standard and tall.
There are a couple of specialty categories like extra long (pantry/storage) and small cabinets too and we cover them all!
As we said, when it comes to cabinet doors, there is no hard and fast rule about which size pull you should use. So we typically tell our customers to stick to a scaled and balanced look that works for them, their kitchen, and their design style.
If that answer sounds like a non-answer, maybe this diagram will help.
Here are some standard-size cabinet doors that show a different size pull.
It is not uncommon for standard-sized cabinets to use slightly longer pulls that fall in the 6-8 inch range of overall length.
Pulls that have 5" hole spacing are commonplace in the industry, so
depending on the pull style, they will end up being in the medium range of pull size. That means that you will have a lot of design options if you use pulls with 5 inch center to center.
Not sure how to measure cabinet pulls? No worries, we have a quick "how-to" guide here.
Specific design themes call for long pulls, even on standard-size cabinets. Although not overly common, cabinet pulls over 10 inches can look stunning on standard-size cabinets.
Contemporary designs like modern farmhouses and transitional interior design themes often use long pulls on standard cabinets.
Like standard-sized cabinets, there isn't a set-in-stone rule for cabinet pull sizes for tall kitchen cabinet doors.Tall cabinets are generally considered any cabinet over the 36-inch mark. The following diagram gives you an idea of different sized cabinet pulls on tall cabinets.
Taller kitchen cabinets are becoming standard in today's kitchen design. Cabinets measuring 42 inches or more can look really attractive with smaller pulls.
There is nothing wrong with making the cabinet door the star of the show.
This look can be used in traditional design kitchens and pairs great with cup pulls and knobs.
Some of the most common pull sizes on the market are 5-inch hole spacing and 7-1/2 inch hole spacing. Depending on their design, these pulls typically fall into the "medium" size range of pull.
This pull size is an excellent option because you will have many options to choose from, plus they look equally impressive on tall and standard size cabinets.
Not sure about the difference between cabinet hole spacing and length? Check out this article: How to Measure Cabinet Pulls for Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers.
Tall cabinets can undoubtedly handle a long pull. Most Euro bar pull collections carry cabinet pulls that measure at least 10 inches overall. These bar pulls are super popular, solid metal, and they look right at home on tall kitchen cabinet doors.
Many kitchens have handy pantries or tall storage cabinets that have extra long doors in the 80-inch range. These cabinet doors are part of the cabinetry and look great with cabinet pulls.
In addition to our small, medium and large pulls, we offer extra long pulls or as they are sometimes called "appliance" pulls for these super tall cabinets doors.
Small pulls are just as functional as their longer counterparts. For a simple, understated design, small cabinet pulls look really nice on extra long cabinet storage door.
If your kitchen renovation is getting expensive, then these smaller, less expensive pulls are a great way to stay on budget!
Choosing the medium-sized pulls for tall pantry doors is a great choice. It will give you a lot of options of pulls styles in different finishes.
Mounted on long pantry cabinets, these size of pulls are functional, symmetrical, and attractive.
An eye-catching contemporary look is using long pulls on tall pantry cabinets. The proportion of the cabinet door looks great with the long cabinet pulls that measure more than 10 inches in overall length.
Extra long pantry doors and extra long pulls go together perfectly! The oversized doors can easily handle the pulls that measure over 12 inches in overall length.
Cabinet pull placement is all about creating a balanced look that appeals to you. As we keep saying, there isn't a rule about what size pull should be used on what size cabinets.
For small cabinets - there are the same choices of pulls sizes that you have for other size cabinets and each produce a different, beautiful look. Let's take a look at some options.
Because small kitchen cabinets are - well - small, then choosing small pulls is a great choice!
For a lot of kitchens, especially ones with high ceilings, you can certainly get away with using medium sized pulls on small cabinets.
Adding long cabinet pulls to all the cabinet doors on your kitchen is a really great way to punch up a contemporary look.
Well, that concludes our guide to choosing kitchen cabinet pulls for your cabinet doors. We threw a lot of information at you, but we hope that some of our design ideas and suggestions will help you as you choose the right size pull for every different size cabinet door.
For more information and design ideas about how to mount your pulls on your kitchen cabinets - check out this article. And, as always, please feel free to leave us a comment, show us your after pics or ask us a question!
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