WHAT TO CONSIDER...
- Position of the handle on the cupboard or drawer.
- Size of the handles.
- Quality of the materials used to make the handle.
Handles are used to open and close doors. The way in which they are positioned and their size will have a huge impact on how easy you find it to open and close your kitchen cupboards and drawers. Putting a handle vertically in the middle of a cupboard door will make it virtually impossible to open, however placing it on the opening edge makes the job easy. Positioning should also be determined by the average height of the kitchen user and by the overall look you want to achieve. Choosing a handle that is too small for the average person in your household will also make opening drawers a challenge.
To ensure ongoing functionality you need to select handles that give you the desired quality but still fit within your kitchen budget.
Traditional handles provide a bit of class and old world charm. They can look great in a luxury kitchen that features decorative wood cupboards and marble bench tops. They end up being one of the main features of your new kitchen design. Some traditional designs include:
- Long narrow decorative pieces.
- Cup pull.
- Decorative round pull.
- Antique or vintage designs.
Modern handles are perfect for your contemporary kitchen designs. They are more rigid and streamlined and don't detract from other key features. Some modern designs are:
- Long, flat with square edges.
- Short, flat with square edges.
- Long with rounded edges.
- Short with rounded edges.
- Round flush pull.
- Long and curved.
- Stainless steel.
- Powder coated metals in a (available in a range of colours).
- Push open functionality.
- Grip channels.
Grip channels are exactly that, a channel in the top edge of the cupboard of drawer that allows you to open using your fingertips.