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Our Guide to Cabinet Handles: Placement and Sizing

The ultimate guide to
Cabinet Handles

DIY Cabinet Handles


As you know, renovating comes with MANY decisions that need to be made. Choosing your cabinets or vanities are one of the biggest decisions, but it doesn’t stop there… you’ll also need to select your cabinet handles.

So what exactly is a cabinet handle and why do you need it? It is the attached piece of hardware that is used to open and close a cabinet drawer or door. There is no use having nice cabinets or a beautiful bathroom vanity if you can’t open them!

Cabinet handles are our new favourite DIY product. They are also great for a "facelift", you can do a basic kitchen cabinet renovation without replacing the cabinets! They’re easy to install and they can completely update your space instantly. Throughout this article, we base our comments on standard cabinet sizes Australia. Before you dive into our stunning collection of cabinet handles, here is everything you need to know about them to help make your final decision an easy one.

6 Things to Consider when choosing your new cabinet handles

1. Types of Cabinet Handles

Decide on which type of cabinet handle you like best. Which is better cabinet knobs or pulls? Read on. Each is described below and will give a great perspactive of what cabinet handles are in style.

Hot Tip: If you’re using pull cabinet handles for kitchen, bathroom or laundry, make sure you consider how big your cabinetry hardware should be so that it feels proportionate with your drawer or door.


Knobs are one of the most common types of cabinet hardware. They are popular because they’re incredibly simple to install - each knob only requires a single screw! How easy is that! They’re also very versatile as they suit both cabinetry doors and drawers. What’s not to love?!


Another beautiful type of cabinet handle for kitchen is Pulls. They have clean lines, they’re very easy to grab hold of and they can really add a unique design element to your kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

Cup Pulls

Are cup pulls still in style? Cup pulls are a style of cabinetry hardware in which you can easily slip your fingers underneath the cup and grab a hold of the pull. What makes cup pulls a great choice of cabinet hardware is their traditional and timeless design.

T Bar

The T Bar Handle is a great addition to smaller doors or drawers as it takes up little space. We find a lot of people like to mix and match bar handles and T Bar Handles on their kitchen cabinetry.  

Lip Pull

This is a great option if you love the fingerpull look, but want to add some contrast with coloured handles. The Lip Pull handle is secured at the top of the cupboard or drawer on the inside and hugs the cabinetry, revealing just a small pull handle at the top.

Half Moon

A popular choice among home renovators at the moment. The half moon handle can be installed as a half moon, or placed on an opposite cupboard for a full moon effect - we love them!

2. Types of Cabinets


Generally when you're looking at modern kitchen cabinet ideas, or bathroom cabinets for that matter, there are about three types of cabinets available, and all of them provide a different aesthetic.

Traditional cabinets often have doors with opulent profiles. This decorative style of joinery can allow for a more detailed hardware design.

Contemporary cabinets are often quite minimalist, with flat-fronted joinery.

Somewhere between traditional and contemporary sits Transitional. This look often consists of minimalist kitchen cabinetry, with old-world style handles.

3. Which handles suit which cabinets?


Hardware should be the final piece of the puzzle that you decide on before you complete your new space. Before you select your hardware, think about what style you have chosen for your joinery as this will help you to decide on cupboard handles for your kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

Contemporary Cabinet = Simple or Geometric knobs and pulls

Traditional Cabinet = Detailed Cup or Pull Handles for bottom drawers & cupboards, detailed knobs or pull handles for overhead cupboards

Transitional Cabinet = Any cabinet handle will suit - choose hardware that is consistent with the style and colour of your design, this includes the shapes of your chosen tapware, joinery,lighting, etc.

4. Where should handles be placed?


Bathroom and kitchen cabinets handle placement - your chosen cabinet handle will determine their placement in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry. Check out our breakdown below to help you determine where to place handles on kitchen cabinet doors and bathroom cabinets and what will suit your door or drawer. We recommend using the below as a guide, and double checking with your qualified tradesman.

Knob Placement



When mounted on the door stile, cabinet knobs are placed on the opposite side of the door hinge & typically 6.35cm (2.5in) to 7.62cm (3in) from the bottom corner of the door for upper cabinets. On base cabinets, knobs are usually placed 6.35cm (2.5in) to 7.62cm (3in) from the upper corner of the door.


The ideal placement for cabinet knobs for drawers that are under 60.96cm (24in) is typically centered perfectly in the middle of the drawer panel.

Pull Placement



Cabinet pulls generally need to be installed with two screws (unlike knobs which are super simple with just one screw!). When it comes to upper cabinets, the bottom screw should be in that 6.35cm (2.5in) to 7.62cm (3in) range above the bottom of the door. On base cabinets, it is the inverse. The top screw should be placed 6.35cm (2.5in) to 7.62cm (3in) below the top of the door.


The ideal placement for cabinet pulls for drawers that are under 60.96cm (24in) is typically centered perfectly in the middle of the drawer panel, to create a really clean look for your cabinetry.

Tab, Edge, Fingerpull etc



It is recommended that finger pulls be installed in line with the corner edge of your cabinet door. Make sure they are installed to the opposite side of the door hinge. For your upper cabinets you’ll need to install the finger pulls in the bottom corner of the door. While your base cabinets will have the finger pull installed at the top corner of the cabinet door.


Tab, edge or finger pulls should be installed to the top edge of the drawer. For ideal functionality, it is suggested that the tab pulls are installed equally in the centre.

5. How to choose the size of cabinet handles?


You’re probably wondering - are cabinet handles standard sizes? How long should cabinet handles be? Where should cabinet handles be placed? Well don’t you worry because we are here to help!

How to choose cabinet hardware size - choosing the size of your cabinet handles is one of the most important decisions to make, it's really important that the handles aren’t too big or small as this can take away from the finished look of your space. So how do you choose the size of your new cabinet handles? It’s all about balance.

How to measure cabinet handle size: when measuring handles, there are 2 measurements, overall size and centres. The centres are for handles with 2 fixing points, very important if you're replacing existing handles.

Hot Tip:

Doors and drawers should have pulls that are roughly ⅓ of their size. Although, if that still feels too big you can try handles that are more like ¼ of the door or drawers size.

6. How to install cabinet handles


Are you unsure how to install cabinet handles? Well we’re here to help! Cabinet handles are an easy DIY project which is why we love them so much!

Simply hold the cabinet handle on the outside of the door/drawer (once all holes have been drilled) and insert the screw from the back of the door/drawer. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screw to ensure the handle can't move around. And there you have it, a beautiful new handle!

Whether you are renovating or building, don’t forget to match your cabinet handles back with your tapware, shower and accessories to keep your space cohesive.

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