Kitchen cabinet handles, hinges and Co. – An overview of the options for cabinet equipment

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They say good design is in the details. And when it comes to furniture fittings and equipment requirements for bathrooms and kitchens, we have to agree. New kitchen cabinet handles give your kitchen a new look, while the use of a certain type of hinge can make opening and closing a cabinet door more convenient and functional. It is definitely worth taking a look at the options for wardrobe equipment. Our guide should offer you a good introduction to the topic and also make planning your dream kitchen easier.

Part I: Kitchen cabinet handles

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There are numerous kitchen cabinet handles with different names, but the most common are knobs, recessed handles, bow and bar handles. Handleless kitchen cabinets are also very popular these days. However, the description of “handle-free kitchens” includes various solutions such as handle profiles, handle strips or snap catches. You will learn more about this later.

Kitchen cabinet knobs

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Knobs that are fastened with a single screw are most commonly used on cabinets and drawers. Furniture knobs are made in a variety of materials including brass, zinc, stainless steel, bronze, glass, crystal, plastic, porcelain, wood, and other natural and man-made materials. While they come in a range of shapes and sizes, sharp edges are avoided when possible in the design for comfort and ergonomics.

Bar handles

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Another handle variant for kitchens are handles that are attached to cabinet door fronts with two or more screws. You may have had experiences where you wanted to swap old cabinet handles for new ones, only to find that the hole spacing did not match. Don’t worry – you are not alone! This often happens because the distance between two screws varies depending on the type, manufacturer, and other factors.

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Some handles are specially designed for kitchen cabinet fronts in which appliances such as refrigerators or dishwashers are installed. In contrast to conventional cabinet handles, these have to be more robust because they are used much more frequently. When the refrigerator door is opened, the so-called suction effect occurs, so that you have to pull harder. Also, you probably open the refrigerator more often than most of the cabinets in your kitchen. Therefore, many handles for cabinets with built-in appliances are larger, wider or thicker than the others.

Shell handles

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The arched shell handles, also called shell handles, are among the most popular furniture handles. These are mounted with the recessed grip facing down and can be easily grasped with one or more fingers. Since the curved metal handle can only be installed in one direction, it is mainly used for drawers and tall pull-outs.

Milled recessed grips

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Another popular way to open cupboards without the use of conventional handles or knobs are cutouts in the kitchen fronts. These can often be found in bespoke kitchens where a minimalist look is desired or where the budget is tight. Cutouts can have different shapes and are often designed to make them easier to open.

Handleless kitchen fronts – the different handleless variants

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Handleless kitchens are currently particularly popular. They not only impress with their elegant appearance, but are also easier to care for. The fronts are much easier to clean and are better expressed. Various design options are available here:

Tip on / Push to open / Snap catch

Tip-On or Push-to-open is a spring mechanism for opening and closing handle-less cabinet doors. A gentle pressure on a certain point on the front is sufficient to open it. To close the cabinet, simply press it shut until you hear a soft “click”. This means that the spring is back in its locked position.

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Electronic serv-on technology

With this innovative technology, the door is opened thanks to a very sensitive sensor. But there is always the risk that you accidentally touch the drawer and thereby trigger the mechanism. This system is particularly useful for wall cupboards.

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Milled handle recess

In addition to tip-on mechanisms, there are also other alternatives to the handle. Recessed grips built into the front are becoming more and more popular. A recess is milled into the plate and covered with a handle made of aluminum. The handle profiles can either follow the front color or be set in contrast.

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Incidentally, the handle strips made of aluminum or stainless steel can not only be installed flush, but can also be used classically as handles. In this variant, they are mounted on the back of the cabinet door.

Part II: Kitchen cabinet hinges and fittings

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When choosing kitchen cabinets, you should not only pay attention to the aesthetics of the fronts, but also to high-quality hardware technology so that doors, flaps or pull-outs work smoothly.

Concealed hinges

Every kitchen cabinet that can be opened via a door has concealed hinges. These are available in different types of hinges that indicate the position of the door to the kitchen body. The basic types of attachment for concealed hinges are:

  • Present stop – the doors are in front of the body
  • Central wall stop – two doors are mounted on a central wall
  • Internal surcharge – the doors are within one body

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Today, three-dimensional, adjustable hinges are predominantly used. They have larger opening angles and allow optimal access to the inside of the cabinet. Cushioning elements that ensure a gentle closing process are common. The softclose damping system is either integrated invisibly in the hinge arm or can be retrofitted.

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Opening mechanisms for wall cabinets

Lift fittings are mainly used for top and top cabinets. This means that the space in the kitchen cupboards can be fully used. Depending on the opening angle and position of the doors, a distinction should be made between fold-up fittings, turn-up fittings, lift-up flaps and flip-up fittings.

Part III. Drawer guides

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Finally, the kitchen cabinet equipment includes the guide systems that enable the smooth opening and closing of pull-outs and drawers. Drawer rails are available in side, middle and substructure versions, depending on how much space there is between the drawer and the wall unit. The various drawer runners also differ in terms of their load-bearing capacity.

The drawer guides include:

  • Underfloor guides – are mounted invisibly below the drawer
  • Roller guides – have nylon rollers and are guided in a metal guide.
  • Ball guides (telescopic runners) – are popular because of their small installation width.
  • Frame guide systems – allow the drawers to be adjusted with special options.

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All types are available as full and partial extension. The full extension provides insight and access to the furthest corner of the drawer and is the ideal equipment solution for the ergonomic kitchen. However, the partial extension is the inexpensive alternative to the full extension and concentrates functionally on the essentials.

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We hope that our guide on kitchen cabinet handles, hinges and drawer guides will be a useful aid in planning your dream kitchen. Functional cabinets support your work processes in the kitchen and offer sufficient storage space so that you always have an overview in your kitchen.

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