Learn about cabinet hardware!

Have you ever wondered about the “ins and outs” of cabinet hardware? Cliffside Industries has a new and valuable learning resource for you: our cabinet hardware glossary. Learn everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe a little too much!) about cabinet knobs, handles and pulls, cupboard latches, and more. There’s also an extensive list of terminology that explains the specifications used on Cliffside’s website. In addition to helping us serve you better, we hope that putting this information in a single clearinghouse will make our website easier to navigate and simpler to use. Below, we have some excerpts for your reading pleasure… hopefully they will pique your interest!

Cabinet Knobs

Knobs are the most simple and basic type of cabinet hardware to install. Generally, a knob is attached to the cabinet door or drawer front by means of a single screw…”

“When designing cabinet knobs for the manufacturing process, Cliffside Industries overwhelmingly selects solid brass cabinet knobs as our material of choice. Solid brass is proven to be one of the most durable and high-quality materials in the industry and provides the most value over the long term. In fact, finishes applied to solid brass hardware are over 200% more durable than those applied to comparable items made from zinc…”

Cabinet Pulls and Handles

“Because there are multiple screw holes, one of the most determinative factors in selecting handles is the center-to-center measurement; i.e., the difference from the center of one screw hole to the center of the next. Where there are two screws, this measurement often determines the overall size of the pull based on its design…”

“For larger cabinets, tall doors, and oversized drawers, there is often a question of what pull size to use… A good rule of thumb is that, when using a single pull on a drawer, the length of the hardware should be between one-quarter and three-eighths of the width of the drawer front, with one-third being a good middle ground.”

“The difference between appliance handles and cabinet pulls is usually determined by size. In addition to length, appliance pulls are traditionally much wider and thicker than cabinet pulls to give added strength…”

Cup and Bin Pulls

“Most cup pulls do not have the screw sockets where you might expect… thus, they must be counterbored for appropriate installation…”

“Oftentimes, you will see a single cup handle mounted in the center of a drawer, even a wide drawer. However, some manufacturers will mount two pulls toward the left and right sides of the drawers to add a visual contrast. The only cautionary note: you must pull both handles to open the drawer!…”

Cabinet Latches and Catches

“In Cliffside’s lexicon, a cupboard latch is a two-piece cabinet hardware item installed on the outside of a cabinet… Cabinet catches, on the other hand, hold the cabinet door closed from the inside…”

“Two of the most common designs are rotational latches (sometimes called “turn” latches), and lever latches… Perpendicularly-oriented latches are common among reproduction ice box hardware; traditionally, the lever is lifted vertically and the tongue operates horizontally. Parallel latches are more common among cabinets because they are easy to operate at a smaller size, but many vintage refrigerators used long-handled parallel latches, where the tongue faces the same orientation as the lever.”

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