Get a Grip!

January 25th, 2012 | 0 Comments | Front Page

Just when you think you are almost finished with all the decisions that come with any renovation, no matter how small, your designer will ask you about handles. Handles? Where to begin? There are endless choices to choose from and all budgets to suite. Whether you are looking for a hand made work of art or a functional masterpiece, the variety can be overwhelming.

Recessed pull, edge pull, handle pull, drop pull, cups, knobs, push plates… or no handle at all! What to do, what to do? And we haven’t even started on the finishes!  When it comes to handles, there are a few things you need to ask yourself. What I’m I trying to open? How often will I be opening this cabinet, what finish do I prefer and how much am I willing to pay? These days, most handles come in several different finishes so that’s usually not an issue. As far as cost goes, you can get anything from a $3 handle to a $130 handle. When it comes to fitiing out your newly renovated kitchen, that can add up to a lot of money. Generally speaking,  you can get a good looking, high quailty handle for around $7-$8.

Not only can handles make or break your wallet, they also play a huge roll on the overall look of your kitchen. Be careful not to over over do it with your choice of handle. The handle should compliment the door style and not be the center of attention. The best thing to do is to get a sample of what your cabinet door is going to look like and purchase one of several different choices that catch your eye. Once you hold the handle up to the door, you’ll know which one is right for you. It’s also a good way to get an overall feel of the weight and ergenomics of the handle.

For more great ideas and a large selection of hanles on all shapes and sizes, check out these sites:

Lee Valley

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