Not all cabinet knobs are the same – just walking around a local hardware store or searching online will provide the average homeowner with thousands of options to choose from. The best way to begin any search for new cabinet hardware is selecting a material and narrowing down options from that point. Although this will eliminate many unwanted options, it will still have a wide selection available. This article will provide a brief overview of popular shapes and designs available in glass hardware.
The Simple Hexagon (Hexagonal)
The six sided hexagonal knob is perhaps the most basic style and a great option for almost any application. It is an easy to grip six sided style that is available in a wide selection of colors and sizes. The available size option is an important feature because not all cabinets and/or drawers require the same size knob. A standard cabinet or drawer will utilize a 1 ¼ -1 ½ inch knob while a smaller door or drawer could use a 1 inch. Matching pulls are available.
NOTE: These knobs are measured point to point at the widest point of the knob NOT across the face of the knob. If you are attempting to match older hardware sizes with new hardware, keep this point in mind.
The Decorative Decagon
Slightly fancier but still just as wonderful an option the decagon knob is a ten sided design that will provide a slightly more “fluted” glass design. This is especially popular to coordinate with ornate glass doorknobs (especially Victorian style hardware). These knobs are available in a variety of colors as well but are typically offered in only one size. Matching pulls are available.
The Modern Octagon
The octagon glass knob is a classic design that provides a clean look to cabinets and drawers. This eight sided knob comes in two sizes (1 inch and 1 3/8 inches) and offers a limited selection of colors. The advantage of this style of knob is the bolt screws in from behind (the inside of the cabinet) as opposed to a bolt going through the front of the knob and being visible. Octagon glass cabinet knobs and pulls come in several base finishes ranging from Polished Brass to Oil Rubbed Bronze. Matching pulls are available.
Branching out and using unusual shapes is a great way to attract extra attention to any kitchen, bathroom or bedroom cabinets and furniture but these styles are typically limited to one size (which varies depending on style) and one color (clear). These styles include swirled glass patters, art deco shapes, nautical themes, floral designs, pumpkin patterns, diamond cut and a variety more. Coordinating pulls are typically not available for these designs.
How to Choose the “Right” Style
Draw from inspiration around the room and use it as a starting point. Glass cabinet hardware can be used to subtly enhance an existing theme, provide accent color or even create a focal point on its own.
Work With Your Existing Pieces:
Example: If your room is decorated with antique Victorian furniture a contemporary knob may look out of place.
Use Color to Your Advantage!
Example: If your room is dominantly white with blue accent hues try introducing blue cabinet knobs and pulls to add to the theme.
No Exact Style?
Example: An eclectic design may be hard to match so using a basic hexagonal or octagon knob can blend in well with many architectural styles – basic patterns will enhance the room rather than fight against it.