Five Key Things To Remember When Installing Cabinet Hardware

Nothing puts a stamp of individuality on your home like a good do-it-yourself project. Not only does it feel great to repair and improve things your way, but it also saves you a lot of money. In fact, with so many information resources available, most things in every abode can be fixed, tweaked, or tightened for the better.

Still, there is no shortage of instances in which a seemingly simple DIY project takes an unexpected and unpleasant turn. One such project is setting up cabinet hardware. You may be looking to tackle this project to spruce up your kitchen or another area of your house, but may be nervous about making a mess of it. Fret not-here are five points that can help you do it yourself and do it well.

Get Your Tools Together

The first thing you should do is make sure you already have the instruments to get the job done. It can be frustrating to find out you don’t have the right ones, not to mention that using incorrect tools can make your project go awry. In most cases the needed utensils will include a hammer, tape measure, a pencil, a screwdriver, a center punch, a drill, and a drill bit.

Determine Handle Placement

Handles are important in this task, so it helps to figure out exactly where you want them to go. Consider the functionality of the handle, and make sure that it doesn’t make opening and closing difficult. Placing a handle in the center may not always be the best solution, so experiment with placement to see which position will be optimal.

Think Sets Instead Of Individual Parts

In most cases, you will be installing cabinet hardware for a set or group of units instead of just one. Plan this out before you begin, seeing rows or columns of units instead of just one after the other. Otherwise, you could successfully set up one and disrupt the spacing needed for the following units.

See The Visual Aspect

A lot of DIY enthusiasts will swear by numbers when it comes to measurement and execution, but an eye for design is also important. Without it, a set of units may be installed per the required measurements but may seem visually uncomfortable. Take the time to see if the setup looks natural. Good visual design can go far in a home’s long-term value.

Get In The Zone

One of the most important things to remember is to be in a positive state of mind when handling the project. Trying to do it while stressed or upset can impair your sense of perception and hinder the process. Schedule a time for the installation that won’t require you to rush or compete with another task. If need be, step away from the task and come back when you feel ready.

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Reflect Your Personality and Choose the Perfect Cabinets

You will more than likely have a strong reaction once you see the “perfect” kitchen cabinets online or in stores. After all, they are meant to draw your eye. Space for space, kitchen cabinets cover a significant square footage of your kitchen. They are such a prominent feature in a kitchen so there is no use trying to hide them! A kitchen’s entire personality can depend so much on the kitchen cabinets, so for your next remodeling project, start looking online now.

Sometimes you just need to change up the kitchen cabinet design. It may be a simple task of switching cabinet doors, repainting or refinishing your old cabinets, or replacing cabinet hardware. When considering new cabinets, look carefully through many options for kitchen cabinet designs online or in stores. Print out the resources for your favorite ones online, then take your know-how to the stores.

The most important part of buying them is to measure, measure, measure! Measure the length and width of cabinet doors. If you are installing entirely cabinets, measure depth. Measure your ceiling height. Understand that newer houses tend to have higher ceilings; it may be architecturally impossible to support having tall 42 inch cabinets installed in your old kitchen.

But don’t worry, a solution can be had for all cabinet spaces- as long as you remember to measure properly. Why the emphasis on measurements? Consider the consequences of inaccurate measuring- crookedly hung cabinets, improperly cabinet doors that don’t open properly, or worse, you purchased your kitchen cabinets online and now cannot obtain a refund.

However, if you are careful, purchasing cabinets online can be a smart budget move. You can purchase budget-friendly pre-made or stock kitchen cabinets that you repaint or finish yourself. Most times, you will have to install them yourself, so be prepared.

Then again, your tastes may involve buying or designing custom cabinets online. You may require a special height, or you just want a unique look. You might want circular cabinets or some other shape! Some kitchen cabinet designs have glass inlays or fronts; those are usually always semi-custom or custom made. Other “bonus” perks that you may wish to install in your cabinets are pull out butcher blocks, rotating shelves, or pockets or spice racks on the inside of the cabinet doors themselves.

Be a careful cabinet shopper. As silly as it sounds, be certain that designers are not cutting corners by installing cabinets without backs or reinforcement. With the ease of online shopping comes the risk of ordering cabinets sight unseen. If you choose to purchase it online, request samples of the cabinet wood before making a full purchase. Popular woods are maple, oak, cherry and birch.

Cheaper alternatives are particle wood or composite wood, but may not be as durable. Since you are constantly going to be opening and closing cabinet doors, and moving things in and out of them, you should consider quality. Also, for resell value, buyers will look for durable cabinets that don’t need immediate replacing.

If your cabinet faces look decent, skip kitchen cabinet online shopping and think about changing hardware instead. Sometimes installing interesting knobs can change the whole look of the kitchen. Look even to reusing dresser pulls or knobs from salvaged furniture. Or even cute Lego blocks or toy bricks can work if you can grip it! If it fits the look of your kitchen, go for it!

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Cabinet Hardware With a Small Carbon Footprint

If you have looked at a landfill in the recent past you know our waste issues in this country are getting completely out of hand. This has a number of people wondering what they can do, on every level, to produce less waste and thereby leave a smaller carbon footprint. This article is about just that and focuses on something you probably would never think of when it comes to waste, cabinet hardware.

Cabinet hardware for the most part is relatively overlooked. How often do you really think about the pulls that open and close doors, drawers and cabinets in your home? Try this. Take a walk into your kitchen and count the number of knobs, drawer pulls, and other pieces of cabinet hardware that are in your kitchen. The total will likely surprise you. Now think if you were just doing a little remodeling job and decided to change out all of that cabinet hardware. That’s a lot of waste!

So, how can you still go about redoing your kitchen or other cabinetry without being so wasteful? Well there are a few options that may make you feel a little better about remodeling:

Recycled Hardware – The first thing you can think about is when you are buying new pieces of cabinet hardware to purchase pieces that are made out of recycled materials. That means these hardware pieces are made by materials that were kept out of the landfill in the first place, so you are cutting down on the waste products tossed out by buying them.

Recycling Your Hardware – In addition to thinking about purchasing recycled hardware, what about making sure your hardware gets a new home? Just because you don’t like it anymore doesn’t mean it is not usable. So, before you toss out all of those hardware pieces, why not bag them all up together and give them to a local charity that can use them or sell them to someone who can.

Reuse Your Hardware – Another option is to look at your cabinet hardware and see if you really need to get something new. If the paint is peeling or you just don’t like the color anymore, maybe you can strip them down and repaint them or restain them? The process is really not that hard, especially with hardware. Often you just drop all of the pieces in a bucket with the stripping agent and with a little scrubbing they are all clean and ready to be made into something new.

Sustainable Resources – Finally, if you can’t find any other way to go and need to purchase something that is new and not recycled, one thing to think of is looking for sustainable resources. While this will not lessen the waste tossed out, it will at least lessen the impact on the environment. You see, some resources are hard to replace or take many, many years. Others, like bamboo, can be grown back easily and quickly and their use causes less of an impact on the planet.

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Cabinet Hardware: An Easy Weekend Facelift

As any homeowner knows, bathroom and kitchen cabinets are not cheap. When you remodel your home, a lot of thought goes into them, knowing that you’ll be looking at them for a very long time. Cabinet hardware, though, can give your bathrooms and kitchen an entirely new look without a major remodel.

As you know, cabinet hardware is fairly easy to change out, particularly the knobs or pulls. An entirely new look can be created in just a couple of hours with a screwdriver and some elbow grease. If you’re changing from knobs to pulls or from pulls to knobs, that can be a little more work, since you’ll need to do a little filling with wood putty and some re-drilling.

Changing out the other cabinet hardware is a bit more work. This includes the draw slides and the hinges. However, you don’t really have to worry about these if they are in good working order. Unless the hinges show, you don’t really need to fuss with this cabinet hardware at all and quite frankly, replacing hinges and draw slides can be a handyman’s nightmare, since it can be hard to get everything to hang straight or move smoothly.

Thankfully, these pieces of cabinet hardware rarely need replacing. Once you have all your hardware changed out, what do you do with the old ones?

While you could just throw your cabinet hardware away, that’s really a waste of resources these days. In our eco-friendly world, giving these items a new lease on life is not only good for the environment, but helps others out at the same time.

Well, if you have a workshop with cabinets, you can take your old kitchen and bathroom hardware and freshen up the look of the workshop. A lot of garage cabinets have pretty pedestrian cabinet hardware and chances are good that the ones in your kitchen or bathroom look far better than the ones in the garage.

The same can be said of any other drawers or cabinets in your home. For example, you can repurpose your old cabinet hardware by using them on the drawers and doors in your pantry or walk-in closet. You can even use them in a child’s playhouse to add a little beauty and charm to their play area.

If you have kids who are getting their first starter home and are tapped for any money to remodel, you may want to pass your hardware on to them so they can give their kitchen or bathroom a new look that is also a touch of the home they grew up in.

Many communities these days have recycling centers that take in fixtures, wood, windows, doors and hardware from homes being remodeled so they can be sold to others who are looking for the stuff you no longer need. These centers may be able to accept your old hardware so someone else can enjoy them in their home.

Before you do call around or stop by your local reclaim center, you’ll want to make sure that all the cabinet hardware is still in good shape, relatively free of nicks, scratches or scrapes. You’ll also want to make sure that you include the bolts and screws with the hardware.

If you purchased a few different styles, finishes and models to see what you liked the best and have the extra ones you didn’t select, you can use them, too. Most homes have a single door, closet or storage space that is begging for a new knob or pull. This can include a crawl space hatch, the accHess door to the attic or one that leads under the house. These don’t really need to have a matching knob or pull and are perfect for those one-of-a-kinds you were testing out but didn’t find to your liking.

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Cabinet Hardware – 2008 Home Decor Trends

The trends for 2008 home d├ęcor and home renovation are all directed toward “Going Green”, whether the focus is on environmentally friendly products, recycled products, or simply bringing more of the outdoors inside to add a more serene feel to your home.

Focusing on cabinet hardware trends for 2008, you will find there are many fantastic options to becoming more “Green.”

Environmentally Friendly & Recycled Cabinet Hardware

If you are looking to replace your hardware, whether it is in the bathroom or kitchen, you should consider checking out the many available environmentally friendly and recycled hardware choices available. Several companies now specialize specifically in recycled cabinet hardware, using recycled aluminum, glass, and wood from construction sites. In addition to recycled products, there are many companies specializing in hardware (specifically cabinet knobs) made from renewable resources, such as cork or bamboo.

Hardware made from recycled glass is not only a great way to go green, but is also a great way to incorporate seasonal color into your home when you use colored glass. There are a number of companies on the market who are focused on producing sustainable/renewable products for your home and business. Their line of lead-free pewter and recycled glass cabinet hardware is an excellent choice for incorporating stylish “Green” products into your home.

Using recycled products when replacing your cabinet hardware is a great way to help the environment and lessening your carbon footprint on the planet while still being able to keep your cabinets and home stylish.

Bringing the Outdoors In

In addition to taking advantage of the many options available for recycled and green-friendly hardware, there are fantastic options to bring touches from the outdoors into your home. For your cabinet hinges consider hinges that are simple and don’t detract from your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls; this will allow you to put the entire focus on brightly colored knobs and pulls that bring a bit of the outdoors into your line of sight day in and day out. Examples may include bright red daisy-shaped cabinet knobs and pulls that will bring attention straight to your cabinets.

Alternatively, you could put the focus on the hinges while using a more subtle cabinet pull; you could incorporate leaf-shaped hinges into the room or a fine vine-shaped hinge so that it adds to the natural look you are trying to portray. Your local home improvement store will have many viable choices for you to get this project underway. However, if you have an exact idea in mind and can’t find it, you can always go the custom route. There are many cabinet hardware designers who can create for you the perfect hardware, to your exact specifications.

Whatever your taste, you will find it easy to incorporate environmentally friendly and recycled cabinet hardware into your home. With these items becoming more and more common on the market, it is taking less and less research to find great products and you will, in no time, give a fresh new look to your cabinets while still being able to Go Green.

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Cabinet Hardware With a Small Carbon Footprint

If you have looked at a landfill in the recent past you know our waste issues in this country are getting completely out of hand. This has a number of people wondering what they can do, on every level, to produce less waste and thereby leave a smaller carbon footprint. This article is about just that and focuses on something you probably would never think of when it comes to waste, cabinet hardware.

Cabinet hardware for the most part is relatively overlooked. How often do you really think about the pulls that open and close doors, drawers and cabinets in your home? Try this. Take a walk into your kitchen and count the number of knobs, drawer pulls, and other pieces of cabinet hardware that are in your kitchen. The total will likely surprise you. Now think if you were just doing a little remodeling job and decided to change out all of that cabinet hardware. That’s a lot of waste!

So, how can you still go about redoing your kitchen or other cabinetry without being so wasteful? Well there are a few options that may make you feel a little better about remodeling:

Recycled Hardware – The first thing you can think about is when you are buying new pieces of cabinet hardware to purchase pieces that are made out of recycled materials. That means these hardware pieces are made by materials that were kept out of the landfill in the first place, so you are cutting down on the waste products tossed out by buying them.

Recycling Your Hardware – In addition to thinking about purchasing recycled hardware, what about making sure your hardware gets a new home? Just because you don’t like it anymore doesn’t mean it is not usable. So, before you toss out all of those hardware pieces, why not bag them all up together and give them to a local charity that can use them or sell them to someone who can.

Reuse Your Hardware – Another option is to look at your cabinet hardware and see if you really need to get something new. If the paint is peeling or you just don’t like the color anymore, maybe you can strip them down and repaint them or restain them? The process is really not that hard, especially with hardware. Often you just drop all of the pieces in a bucket with the stripping agent and with a little scrubbing they are all clean and ready to be made into something new.

Sustainable Resources – Finally, if you can’t find any other way to go and need to purchase something that is new and not recycled, one thing to think of is looking for sustainable resources. While this will not lessen the waste tossed out, it will at least lessen the impact on the environment. You see, some resources are hard to replace or take many, many years. Others, like bamboo, can be grown back easily and quickly and their use causes less of an impact on the planet.

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