Here are some basic cabinet hardware definitions:
Cabinet knobs are both
decorative and functional in nature. Most cabinet knobs are 1-1/4" in
diameter and are used to accent the style of your cabinets. Some knobs that are
smaller (think of the drawer on a jewelry cabinet) and others can be larger
(knobs, with some modifications, are being used as tie backs for draperies).
Most knobs are round but some are square, rectangular, or organically shaped.
There are many options in style , finish and size. Just pick what you like and
remember, cabinet hardware, including knobs and pulls are sometimes called the
"jewelry" of your kitchen or bath. You can use knobs on cabinet doors or drawers (use two if its a larger drawer).
Cabinet pulls (sometimes
called cabinet handles or drawer pulls) are also decorative and functional.
Pulls are usually used on larger cabinet doors or on cabinet drawers. Pulls
have been getting larger as kitchens have become larger. Pulls are measured by
the distance between the screw holes and the most popular sizes are 3" and
96 mm (almost 4"). The overall length will be slightly longer, usually
about an inch longer than the center to center distances. Remember, to measure
twice or even three times - you don't want to drill holes in your cabinets and
then find out that your pulls are a different size.
(sometimes referred to as Sub-Zero handles, refrigerator handles or oversized
pulls) are extra large cabinet pulls that are used for appliances such as
refrigerators and dishwashers. As kitchens have gotten larger, appliance pulls
are also being used on the larger cabinet drawers where you store your pots and
pans. Appliance pulls really add to the beauty and scale of your kitchen,
especially if you have larger cabinet doors and drawers.
Cup Pulls (sometimes
called bin pulls) add a decorative and functional accent for your kitchen or
bathroom cabinets. These cup shaped cabinet pulls provide easy opening of
drawers and doors and add an interesting touch to your decorating.