What to Look For in Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Consider more than just looks when choosing hardware for your kitchen cabinetry.

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or updating its look, give as much attention to your kitchen cabinet hardware as you would the kitchen cabinets, flooring, countertops and  appliances. Although many homeowners choose cabinet pulls and handles solely on appearance, other factors should come into play.

Here are a few things to consider:

Will the kitchen cabinet hardware last?

Durability is an important consideration for cabinet hardware, especially if you or other family members enjoy cooking and the kitchen is the heart of your home. You’ll want good-looking hardware that stands up to use and doesn’t rust or break down.

Wood, glass or metal kitchen cabinet hardware

Brass and stainless steel are popular choices because they hold up well over time, even when subjected to a hot kitchen and greasy hands. Solid hardware is a better bet than hollow. If a company cuts costs by hollowing out metal hardware, you can get subpar knobs and pulls that are more likely to break over time.

If you want an antique or vintage look, consider glass knobs and pulls, which can brighten a room.

Do you want antimicrobial knobs and pulls?

Some metals contain antimicrobial properties, which is one reason silver is such a popular flatware choice. In a matter of a few hours, silver can kill most bacteria thriving on a surface.

If minimizing germs in your kitchen is a priority, brass, copper, nickel and silver contain properties that resist micoorganisms and bacteria.  On the other hand, aluminum and stainless steel retain germs and will need frequent cleaning.

Consider researching antimicrobial kitchen knobs and cabinet pulls online before deciding. Some options may be more expensive, but if germ-free hardware gives you peace of mind, it may be worth the expense.

Kitchen cabinet hardware cost

Antimicrobial hardware may be more expensive than alternatives, but consider how often you’ll clean aluminum or stainless steel knobs and pulls. The cost of cleaning supplies could, over time, outweigh the upfront cost of more expensive kitchen cabinet hardware. There’s also the potential savings you’ll reap by avoiding colds and other germ causing ailments that send you to the doctor’s office or pharmacy for prescriptions.

Determine your goal and research your options before you begin shopping to ensure you make the right decision for your kitchen remodel. Also, set a budget before you go shopping to expedite your search and keep your expenses intact.

This article was originally published at Angie’s List.