Whether you are giving your home a complete makeover or just looking at ways to freshen it up, every decision counts, even to the smallest details like carpentry hardware. Thinking through the design of your cabinetry will minimise future frustration and maximise its functionality.
Selecting or customising your new cabinet may seem like a lot of work, but it can also be an abundance of fun. From decorative knobs and pulls to the latest innovations, we will feature a variety of cabinet hardware that can completely change the feel of your space.
The most prominent hardware for your cabinetry is the handle and knobs. Deciding between the two is purely personal predilection, some may choose to go for both in the same finish. While traditional hardware remains in trend, the wave of minimalism lends a sleeker and more streamlined style. In all, the key is to pick a design that matches the theme of your home. It’s these little touches that will indefinitely add to the aesthetical value in the specific section.
For traditional homes, you will notice cabinets that are ornate and detailed, with raised center panel cabinets. These decorative moldings are brought to life with knobs adorning the upper cabinet and lower cabinets featuring pulls of similar design.
Contemporary style of decorating is defined by simplicity, sophistication and considering the structural elements. Using simple slim rectangular bar handles or curved barrel on flat cabinet fronts can invoke a clean polished elegance.
Embedded in the design, recessed handles are made by cutting the cabinet front at an angle to allow easy opening of drawers and doors. For upper cabinets, the recessed groove is located below the door, while the groove is above bottom cabinets.
HINGES AND SLIDES
Cabinet hinges and drawer slides may seem basic but they are crucial parts of the functional system, serving as the anchor. While there are different types of hinges, they are classified into two types:
Cutting a recess in the wood to fit the hinge. This installation requires skill, precision and attention to detail to ensure the inset cut holds the hardware captive and will not move under the stress of door movements.
Non- mortise hinge:
Quick and easy alternative. Attached with screws, without the need to cutout the wood for proper mounting.
As cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom serve different purposes, it is important to find the right type for the job. Some are solely decorative, whereas others help cabinet doors close in distinct ways. These are features you will want to consider before purchasing the hinges.
The term “decorative” can mean one of the two: A hinge that is intended to be both functional and beautifying with an embellished face that is shown on the outside of the cabinet door. Or a faux hinge, where aesthetics takes precedent over functionality. In which case, there is a hidden hinge on the inner part of the door and the completely exposed hinge will have fancy details cast.
Engineered to lay flush within the cabinet door, concealed hinges make for a seamless, uninterrupted exterior appearance, allowing you to choose any exterior cabinet hardware that fits your style and requirements. With these type of hinges, minor modifications and removal of the cabinet door becomes a simplified process without having to remove the hinges. Great for frameless and face-frame cabinets, this European style is popular in kitchens and bathrooms.
With handle-less kitchen making a comeback, the soft closing mechanism has risen in popularity. No matter how hard you slam the cabinet front, the built-in hydraulic mechanism in soft close hinges allows cabinets to close silently and smoothly. Many carpenters and cabinetry specialists prefer using this innovative motion technology in their craftsmanship because of the following:
- Safe for kids, preventing fingers from getting hurt
- Puts less stress on cabinet door hinges, improving the longevity and lessen the need for maintenance
Paired perfectly with soft closing hinges, the push-open mechanism is bigger than ever. A gentle press on the door is all it takes to automatically open the cabinet and closing it is just as easy. They work like a retractable ballpoint pen; a strong spring- piston pops forward to open the door and a magnet at the front of the spring to prevent the door from opening on its own.
Clutter and chaos are not words associated with a happy, healthy and luxurious home living. Staying organised is not easy but incorporating and valuing efficient storage design features can make the difference between a haphazard home and an orderly and productive lifestyle.
Custom and removable divider inserts magically transform a junk drawer into a clean organised space, giving items a true home and achieving order lengthwise as well as crosswise. Having these flexible compartments in your cabinets saves you time searching and sorting, which allows you to spend precious downtime more effectively.
Looking to elevate and exude cohesive beauty? The process of customising matched interior fittings is as easy as getting the dimensions and placing a special order. However, if you are wanting the fast and cheaper convenience, there are many off-the-shelf options too.
With a full extension, multi-tiered pull-out pantry system, you will never have to reach to the back of the shelf again. With its tidy and straightforward layout, it grants clear visibility and easy access to all your items. Especially in blind corners, where only one side is visible – with swivel base corner units, every inch of space is being utilised and fully under control. Not only does it optimise space with minimal effort for maximum results but also adding a 45° grip to the door and integrated soft-closing sliding mechanism ensure an elegant touch. These robust customisable pull-out units are terrific for storing non-perishables, snacks and even bulky cookware.
Though drying racks are admittedly not the most appealing kitchen appliance, C’est la vie for anyone who don’t own a dishwasher. Like everything that’s constantly exposed to water, dish racks can harbour bacteria and rust, which could potentially contaminate the dishes. For this sanitary reason, despite its large price tag, we nevertheless highly recommend using good quality stainless steel. All things considered, like its plastic or bamboo counterparts, it will require periodic rinsing to prevent mildew from growing- a weekly or quick clean every time it’s empty would be ideal.
It’s amazing how a simple change in your cabinet hardware can dramatically impact the look and function of your personal space. Whether, it’s taking things back into the classics or re-modifying to meet the latest interior design trend, decorating your cabinets with appropriate finishes will complement your overall design and breathe life into any room.
Bringing your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom together may have its challenges but Roxwell is all hype up to help. Trust us to craft the highest quality hardware and fittings, completed with functional solutions and innovative designs, a cut above the rest.
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