Your kitchen is nearly finished—the cabinets are installed, the appliances are hooked up, and you've carefully selected the ideal hardware to complement your dream design. Now, the next important step is strategically placing your decorative kitchen hardware for both function and beauty. While placement can vary based on personal preference, we've curated essential tips to ensure your decorative hardware enhances the overall aesthetics and functionality of your kitchen space


Knobs are incredibly versatile, coming in various sizes, shapes, and finishes suitable for upper cabinets, lower cabinets, and drawers. Here’s how to place them for optimal effect:

  • Upper Cabinets: Install knobs between 2 ½ – 3 inches from the lower corner of the cabinet door.
  • Lower Cabinets: Use the same measurements but position the knobs on the upper corner.
  • Drawers (under 24”): Place a single knob in the center of the drawer front.
  • Drawers (over 24”): Install two knobs by dividing the drawer front into thirds and placing them in the center of the outer two thirds.


Another versatile option, pulls work well on both cabinets and drawers. Follow these guidelines for ideal placement:

  • Cabinets (upper and lower): Install pulls vertically 2 ½ – 3 inches from the corner of the door.
  • Drawers: Place pulls horizontally in the center of the drawer front.

Consider using longer pulls for larger drawers and cabinets. If you’re uncertain about sizing, our customer service is happy to help.

Cup Pulls

For traditional or transitional kitchens seeking a touch of personality, cup pulls are an excellent choice primarily for drawer fronts:

  • Large Drawers: Install two cup pulls for a clean and cohesive design.


Adding a rustic charm, latches are ideal for cabinet doors and offer flexibility in placement:

  • Upper Cabinets: Commonly installed towards the bottom.
  • Lower Cabinets: Typically positioned towards the top, though center placement is also an option.

Edge Pulls

For a modern, sleek appearance that complements your cabinetry:

  • Drawers: Place edge pulls along the top center.
  • Upper Cabinets: Install vertically on door openings or horizontally at the bottom.
  • Lower Cabinets: Reverse the placement used for upper cabinets.

Appliance Pulls

To seamlessly match appliance handles with your cabinet hardware:

  • Dishwashers and Refrigerators: Choose pulls that closely match the appliance handles in size and position.

For further installation guidelines, check out this blog post:

Where to Place Cabinet Hardware