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Where Should Drawer Handles Be Placed?

 |  Furniture Tips
Drawer Handles

Whether you choose knobs or pulls, drawer handles are the ideal finishing touch for your drawer. As they are always on show, the positioning of the hardware can make a lot of difference to the final look of your drawer. Likewise, drawer pulls and knobs are among the factors that influence customer satisfaction and encourage word-of-mouth recommendations for your professional furniture craftsmanship.

We appreciate that installing handles on drawers can feel challenging, but don’t be afraid; our simple guide will help you choose where to put your drawer knobs or pulls without damaging cabinet doors and drawers when drilling.

Knobs vs Pulls: Which One Should I Choose?

Before installing your cabinet pull handles, you will need to make a decision about what hardware you want to use on your drawer: knobs or pulls.
Cabinet door knobs are ideal to achieve a traditional look and maintain a conventional aesthetic; if you are going for a modern look drawer pull handles are rather the perfect fit because it has a variety of finishes and lengths you can choose from.

How To Install Knobs On Drawers

When it comes to installing drawer or cabinet knobs, handles are always placed on the opposite side from the door hinges. On drawers, knobs are typically centred on the front to offer extra leverage when opening a sink tilt-out tray.

Most drawers only require one knob. However, if your drawer is 24” or wider it can be both aesthetically pleasing and useful to have two knobs and centre them vertically. This lacks the symmetrical finish some people seek in their home, but it does place the handles in the most comfortable place for reaching.

How To Install Pulls On Drawers

If you have picked pulls, the same rules apply as knobs with placement; their ideal position is right in the corner of doors. The thing to consider with cabinet pulls is to display them vertically or horizontally.

Usually for cabinet pull handles, we recommend placing the pulls vertically, as it makes simpler to open the doors. Likewise, for pull-out storage we advise to install them horizontally – again, functionality is key!

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Drawer Handles

A common mistake manufacturers and suppliers make is using cheap plastic tools. When it comes to install your drawer pulls or knobs, you should utilise the correct tools; working with top-of-the-line equipment will speed up the project and make sure your cabinet hardware is well placed on doors and drawers.

Another common mistake is choosing style over function – some manufacturers choose a charming door handle, but located in a weird position, which could result in issues with the door both opening and closing.

Find out more about SCF Hardware and why we are your first choice for furniture and cabinet pull handles. Contact us by calling 0800 298 7141 or emailing If you can’t find the product you are looking for, we can source it for you! Sign up for a trade account for exclusive trade products and prices today.