A Budget Friendly & Effective Kitchen Upgrade

How many times did you open and close that kitchen cupboard to get out plates and dishes? And what about that drawer where you store your utensils and cutlery? There is no doubt that certain doors and drawers are opened and closed more than others and chances are the hardware may need to be replaced after a certain number of years. Likewise, the knobs or handles may have lost their original appeal, become loose or discoloured and aged with continual use. It’s time for a change!

There’s Dozens of Kitchen Handle Options to Choose From. Image credit: DKB

So, have you ever considered modernising your kitchen by installing new hardware, handles and knobs? These seemingly small accessories are actually very important for your kitchen’s finished look as well as its ease of use. Besides, you will be amazed at the considerable difference new handles and knobs could have on your kitchen’s look and style. And the best thing about it is that it is not going to cost you a lot, and neither take you a lot of time.

It is important to remove the old handles and knobs carefully so as not to scratch the door or drawer. Count how many you will need, and add some extra ones to keep as replacements just in case.

Make sure to take one of each with you to the store where you will be buying the new ones. This is because ideally you retain the same size for ease of installation. Remember that there are the holes on the doors and drawers, and as much as possible you should use match them up to the new handles as well to prevent unnecessary drilling and filling. In such a way you would be making your life much easier as otherwise you might have to fill up the holes and apply wood filler of a similar colour, in the hope that it is not visible. Obviously this is easier said than done, especially for some materials.

During shopping for new hardware, it’s a good idea to take a photo of your kitchen with you so as to try to complement the style of the handles with the colour of the units. You are going to find countless styles of handles and knobs to choose from, and so it is normal to end up a bit confused. Just try to focus on the most important aspects, namely, the size, the material and the colour. Handles and knobs need to be durable as they are going to be grabbed and pulled countless times. So you need to look for a proper size, a comfortable grip and a durable material. Ideally stay away from styles which comprise a lot of intricate carvings as this will end up rather unhygienic since in a kitchen dirt and grime is normal.

When installing them, you will need to be careful. The screw will need to be long enough for the thickness of the door or drawer. Also, make sure that they fit well and sit flush with the backside of the door or drawer. Twist tightly so as to avoid wiggly results after a while.

Soft Closing Mechanisms Can Be Added to Doors & Drawers. Image credit: Alibaba

Replacing the door hardware goes hand in hand with replacing the handles. The hinges especially will need to be replaced after some time and there are some awesome soft closing mechanisms on the market that will give you that added luxurious soft closing feature as well. With new hardware, handles and knobs, the room will get a a much needed breath of fresh air and the finished look will be a transformed kitchen to be proud of!