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Kitchen Knobs, Pulls Or Mix? How To Design Your Cabinets

When designing kitchen cabinets and draws, there’s always a tough decision to make whether to use knobs, pulls, or a mix of both.

In this article, we’re going to help your buying decision a little bit easier by showing you the difference between the two and how to properly make a buying decision.

Of course, keep in mind every kitchen style is completely different from the next, so the decisions you make on each kitchen opener is completely up to the homeowner’s discretion

What Are Kitchen Knobs?

Before we begin, we want to cover what a kitchen knob is and how it fits in your cabinet.

A knob, by definition, is a rounded lump or ball, especially at the end or on the surface of something. This is exactly what we want you to envision when you’re looking for a kitchen knob.

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As shown in the picture, this kitchen knob will be used to grab and open the kitchen draws. These knobs have a unique shape as they’re meant to be grabbed with the whole hand, in order to pull open the cabinet.

What Are Kitchen Pulls?

When we refer to kitchen pulls, we are referring to a small open-faced handle. This handle can be used to put one or multiple fingers through, in order to successfully open the cabinet.

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The different kitchen pulls can have an open face, or it may have a close crescent shape and a cover on the top as shown in the picture above.

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Another style of the pull is the open face, which is common among kitchens with horizontal swinging cabinets. These types of cabinets make using a pull much easier to open. These types of pulls also great if younger kids want to open smaller draws, and you want them to help around the house.

See the image above for the cabinet open face pulls and how they are easy to open for anyone who relies on over the counter storage.

Mixing Knobs & Pulls

Knobs and pulls both serve their own purpose. Mixing the two is completely up to the homeowner, however we do have a few rules we like to advise when designing your kitchen.

First, if you’re going to mix and match the knobs and pulls, we recommend they be the same color and material. We’ll get into the material later on in this article and how you can make sure everything looks flush and clean

Second, if you do plan to mix and match the knobs and pulls, we recommend having knobs on pullout draws. This is mostly just for ease of use.

Also, if you have young kids, it makes it harder for them to open the drawer as opposed to easily swinging open the cabinet with a pull. This also helps adults easily pull open the drawer to retrieve whatever they need and slide close with ease.

Second, we recommend having kitchen pulls on upper cabinets. Again, for the ease of use, it’s awkward and can be difficult at times to open a drawer with a knob.

It’s much easier, again thinking about usage, to open a high cabinet with a pull than it is a knob. Especially if the homeowners aren’t tall, retrieving a dish or any time of snack on the upper cabinets can be tough enough, don’t make opening the cabinet a chore as well.

Third, no matter the combination you decide to have on your knobs or pulls the lower cabinets must match the lower cabinets to have a uniform look.

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As shown above, the kitchen has a consistent black finish to all of their pulls. If they had a different color, they would look awkward and clunky, no matter if they were a pull or knob. Be sure to match the kitchen pulls and knobs the same uniform color and material for a clean finish


As mentioned, in order to sustain a clean uniform look throughout your kitchen, it’s important to have the same material and color on all pulls or knobs.

If you’re looking for different colors and materials to search for, here are the most popular knobs and pull materials:

  • Brass
  • Silver
  • Polish Brass
  • Gold
  • Nickel
  • Stainless Steel

When searching for different types of kitchen knobs and pulls, it’s important to type in one of these keywords, along with the word “knob” or “pull”. This will instantly bring up a selection of both knobs and pulls that you can outfit your kitchen with.

We recommend this technique of searching because it helps you narrow down which color best matches your cabinets and they are all relatively the same color. That way if you do want to mix and match knobs and pulls, it can be done on one order on one website.

brass knobs

We recommend giving it a try on Amazon, click here and type in the words “brass kitchen knob” and watch as hundreds of results show up. We recommend using Amazon as it’s a relatively cheap and reliable way to get the kitchen knobs or pulls you want.


If you’re purchasing new kitchen knobs or kitchen pulls for your cabinets, we really want you to take a good look at who will be using the cabinets and how often they will be open.

Often times we’ll buy a knob for all cabinets and draws, then realize that they are too hard to open. On the other side, oftentimes kitchen pulls are purchased and our kids will get into the pots and pans and make a mess.

Purchasing the right kitchen knobs and materials, to create a uniform look should be at the forefront of a homeowner’s mind, but also ease of use and ease of access should be equally important.

What is your favorite type of kitchen pulls or kitchen knobs? Do you prefer one over the other? Let us know in the comments below and if you have pictures, we’d love to see them!

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