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February 02, 2022 7 min read

CABINET DOORS AND CABINET PULLS


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.

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.


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.

 

WHAT SIZE PULLS DO I USE FOR MY KITCHEN CABINETS?

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. 

 

Cabinet door sizes

Generally, cabinet doors are divided into two basic sizes - standard and tall. 

 

  • Standard-sized kitchen cabinet doors are typically between 24 and 34 inches. 
  • Tall cabinets are considered anything above 34 inches, but they usually average about 42 inches tall. 

 

    There are a couple of specialty categories like extra long (pantry/storage) and small cabinets too and we cover them all! 

     

    STANDARD SIZE CABINETS:

    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. 

    How To Choose The Best Size Pulls For Your Standard Size Kitchen Cabinets Doors

     

     

    Option 1: Standard Kitchen Cabinet Door with Small Pulls

    Standard Kitchen Cabinet Door with Small Pulls
    We find that cabinet pulls with an overall length of 4-5 inches are a good choice for standard-sized cabinets doors. Depending on the pull style, the pulls in this size range tend to have hole spacing from 3 inches to 5 inches. 

     

    This beautiful kitchen features two-tone cabinets and 3-3/4 hole spacing cabinet pulls. The standard-sized upper cabinets look perfect with this size pull which measures just over five inches in overall length.
    A stunning kitchen features two-tone cabinets and 3-3/4 hole spacing cabinet pulls. The standard-sized upper cabinets look perfect with this size pull which measures just over five inches in overall length.

     

    Option 2:Standard Kitchen Cabinet Door with Medium Pulls

    Standard Kitchen Cabinet Door with Medium Pulls

    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. 


     

    Featured in this cheerful kitchen are pulls on drawers and cabinet doors and they are all approximately 7 inches in overall length. You can see that this look is proportional to the size of the drawers and doors.
     Featured in this cheerful kitchen are pulls on drawers and cabinet doors and they are all approximately 7 inches in overall length. You can see that this look is proportional to the size of the drawers and doors.

     

    Option 3:Standard Kitchen Cabinet Door with Large Pulls

     Standard Kitchen Cabinet Door with Large Pulls


    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.

     

    This modern kitchen has large black Euro bar pulls on various sized cabinet doors. The look is a stylish way to add balance to the cabinetry.
     This modern kitchen has large black Euro bar pulls on various sized cabinet doors. The look is a stylish way to add balance to the cabinetry.

     

    TALL 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.

     

    Option 1:Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Small Pulls

    Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Small Pulls

    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.

    This pretty blue kitchen features tall upper cabinets and and cabinet pulls that are just under 5 inches in total length.
    The tall upper cabinets in this stunning kitchen have cabinet pulls that are just under 5 inches in total length. The contrast of the two sizes work really well together!

    Option 2:Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Medium Pulls

    Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Medium Pulls

     

    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.

    Below a pretty pastel kitchen features cabinet pulls that are almost 8 inches in overall length, and they look striking on the taller cabinet doors.
    Featuring square edge cabinet pulls that are almost 8 inches in overall length mounted on tall cabinets, this pretty modern kitchen is striking.

    Option 3:Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Large Pulls

    Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Large Pulls

     

     

    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.

     

    These 10 inch pulls look right at home on these tall upper wall cabinets. The kitchen cabinetry is perfectly suits these long cabinet Euro bar pulls.
    These 10 inch pulls have certainly found a home on the tall upper wall cabinets. The kitchen cabinetry is perfectly suits these long cabinet Euro bar pulls.



    PANTRY 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.

    Option 1:Pantry/Extra Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Small Pulls

    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!

    This bank of tall pantry storage cabinet doors feature a pair of smaller pulls measuring approximately 5 inches overall.

    This bank of tall pantry storage cabinet doors feature a pair of smaller pulls measuring approximately 5 inches overall. 

     

    Option 2:Pantry/Extra Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Medium Pulls

    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.

     

    This architectural beauty of a kitchen features medium cabinet pulls mounted on pantry doors that frame the refrigerator.

     

    This architectural beauty of a kitchen features medium cabinet pulls mounted on pantry doors that frame the refrigerator.

    Option 3:Pantry/Extra Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Large Pulls

    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.  

     

     

     

    See how this modern kitchen uses pair of long cabinet pulls for each cabinet cabinet pantry door? The pairing of the pulls along with the sizing is both proportional and stylish.

     

    See how this modern kitchen uses pair of long cabinet pulls for each cabinet cabinet pantry door? The pairing of the pulls along with the sizing is both proportional and stylish. 

     

    Option 4:Pantry/Extra Tall Kitchen Cabinet Door with Large Pulls

    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.

     

    These cabinet pantries have cabinet pulls over 17 inches long and look fabulous in this stunning kitchen with expansive ceilings and wood accents.

     

    These cabinet pantries have cabinet pulls over 17 inches long and look fabulous in this stunning kitchen with expansive ceilings and wood accents. 

     

     

    SMALL CABINETS:

    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.

    Option 1:Small Kitchen Cabinet Door with Small Pull

    Because small kitchen cabinets are - well - small, then choosing small pulls is a great choice!

    This modern Bo-ho kitchen taking advantage of storage space was clearly a priority. This bank of small ceiling cabinets sport small cabinet pulls.
    This modern Bo-ho kitchen taking advantage of storage space was clearly a priority. This bank of small ceiling cabinets sport small cabinet pulls.

    Option 2:Small Kitchen Cabinet Door with Medium Pull

    For a lot of kitchens, especially ones with high ceilings, you can certainly get away with using medium sized pulls on small cabinets. 

    This industrial loft kitchen features a stack of small storage cabinets above the refrigerator. These cleaver storage cabinets have medium size pulls that match the lower standard sized cabinets.
    This industrial loft kitchen features a stack of small storage cabinets above the refrigerator. These cleaver storage cabinets have medium size pulls that match the lower standard sized cabinets.

     

    Option 3:Small Kitchen Cabinet Door with Long Pull

    Adding long cabinet pulls to all the cabinet doors on your kitchen is a really great way to punch up a contemporary look.

     

    This clean and bright kitchen features a ton of upper cabinet storage with long bar pulls.
     This clean and bright kitchen features a ton of upper cabinet storage with long bar pulls.

     

    Wrap up

    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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     Group of Brushed Brass Pulls in various sizes - by Diversa


     


     


     


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