Material Guide for Hardware


Along with various furniture styles and themes, household hardware is also available in a tremendous variety. Before buying any separate fixtures for your cabinets, drawers, wardrobes, consider which style, shape, and material will look best in your space. Hardware such as knobs, rails, rods, pulls, and handles are manufactured from various metals, such as brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel, and mild steel; stones; and plastic. Below we look at some common type of hardware along with their descriptions.

Cabinet Knobs: it is the most common and essential type of hardware. It can be decorative or minimalistic, depending upon the overall theme of the cabinet or wardrobe. It is usually attached to the door of the cabinet or drawers with a single screw. Common shapes include round, square, rectangular, novelty, and birdcage. Knobs can also be found in variety of material like brass, copper, stainless steel, glass, stone, zinc, and even ceramic. The most common size 1 to 1/4 inches in diameter.

Cabinet Pulls: It serves the same function as a knob, with the only difference being that it is elongated and is larger. Usually wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, and TV units have larger pulls or handles, in comparison to drawers and smaller cabinets like shoe racks. Common types include straight pulls, cup pulls, bail pulls, and push bars. A variety of finishes can be applied to these such as oil rubbed bronze, antique copper, iron, polished chrome and nickel. The usual sizes range from 4 to 8 inches for different sized cabinets.

Channels: These are supplements for drawers, sliding wardrobe doors and shutters, usually attached on the inner or under side of the drawers. Channels facilitate the movement of drawers. They can be made with ball bearings or alternating sliding panels. There are a variety of channels, ranging from soft close drawers to telescopic slides. It is best that channels are made in metals which do not rust easily, such as brass, nickel (chromium plated), and stainless steel. Regular waxing and greasing of channels can also be done to enhance their longevity.

Rails, Rods, and Hooks: These are cabinet essentials, primarily used for hanging clothes. Rails and rods are also forged of brass or are chrome plated. This metal is also less susceptible to scratches and the smooth surface allows swift sliding motion for the hangers. Hooks are crafted from metals, like stainless steel, chrome, nickel, bronze, and brass. Scarves and coats can be suitably hung on these. Mostly hooks are fitted on the back panels or side panels of the wardrobe.

Magnet Latches and Locks: Modern furniture comes fixed with elongated magnetic strips on edges of the shutters and cabinets for the snap close action. These catches require minimum effort and close without any noise, hence are highly preferred.

Kitchen Supplies: Apart from the above mentioned hardware, a modular kitchen additionally has dishwashers, utensils, cutlery, home appliances, and electronic appliances completing it. It is important that hardware used in kitchens in highly rust resistant and easy to use and clean. Along with these, there are also baskets and trays fixed inside cabinets and drawers to store utensils and other material. Mostly, baskets and trays are manufactured from stainless steel, and come protective coatings against rust, heat, and moisture. Kitchen supplies enhance the overall functionality of a kitchen.