A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the progress of our kitchen renovation. Currently, we're still waiting on the finishing touches for our kitchen (e.g., door fronts, fillers, countertops, etc.) to be made. Our CNC/cabinet maker was on holidays and this has put us a little further behind. While I (and maybe you too if you've been following this never ending renovation) impatiently wait for this kitchen renovation to be over, I thought I'd begin to share how we chose/designed some of the details.
By the title of this post, you've probably guessed that I'm going to talk about hardware or rather how our kitchen cabinets are not going to have traditional handles or hardware. Going into the kitchen renovation I knew that I wanted very simple cabinets and wanted to go hardware-less. What I didn't realize was that there are a lot of options for this: finger pulls, recessed pulls, routed handles, etc. Below are a few examples of some of the recessed handle options I considered:
This kitchen is so cute with the small circles cutouts for cabinet handles:
This kitchen has a mix of cutout and recessed handles with a round radius.
I also considered the option of placing the recessed handle right at the top edge of the cabinet as in this kitchen:
We ended up going with a routered recessed handle for our kitchen cabinets.
Because we are designing every detail of our completely custom kitchen, we even had to design our handles. Because Tech Guy, is well… a "tech guy" he suggested we use an iPhone as our template for the handles. We ended up going with a slightly tighter radius than the phone and quite a bit shorter. Below you can see the little template our cabinet maker made from our handle design.
There are a couple of reasons why I love the idea of forgoing cabinet hardware for our kitchen. Firstly, I want to have my countertops sit as flush as possible with the cabinets. If you use hardware you have to take the hardware into account when you install your countertop. Generally, the overhang of the countertop should cover your handles to prevent one from getting caught on a handle or pull. The second reason I had was the simple fact that our kitchen is small and I needed to preserve all the real estate I could. Going without handles meant that I gained a few extra inches in my workspace between the stove and the island.
Now I'll return to my waiting and hopefully, sooner rather than later, be able to share with you the cabinet doors and handles that I designed. In the meantime, here are a couple more examples of kitchens sans hardware.