A Guide to Kitchen Handle Designs
With such a high number of decisions to think about when planning a kitchen, handles and hardware can sometimes feel like an afterthought. The kitchen handle designs you choose can have a huge impact on the final look and feel of your kitchen, so it is important to consider your options right from the beginning. We have compiled this list to help you select the best handles for your kitchen and ensure you have all the information you need to make your decision.
Bow handles are manufactured in a number of different materials and can be created in a variety of styles. This is one of the most versatile kitchen handle designs available as it can suit a host of kitchen themes. A bow handle is usually manufactured to look as though it has been created from one piece of material and features a soft curve which mimics the arc of a bow. These handles do not have any angles, and can usually be secured in place by hidden fixtures under each end of the arc.
Similarly to bow handles, D handles can be manufactured in a huge range of materials and styles to suit different kitchen décors. Unlike a bow handle, a ‘D’ handle will protrude out away from your cabinet door from the point of fixing which creates an angle and forms the ‘D’ shape. The gradient of the angle will vary, but this is the part of the handle that differentiates between ‘D’ handles and bow handles.
Bar handles are also available in a selection of different materials and finishes, but are most commonly used in contemporary kitchen settings due to their modern look. A bar handle will have two parts that protrude away from the cabinet where it is affixed, and a bar is fitted across the top of these. This kitchen handle design is incredibly popular in conjunction with Shaker cabinet doors,for a modern look.
A cup handle is completely solid in the manufacture and features an open bottom in which you are able to grip and open cabinets and drawers. Available in a range of different materials and shapes, this kitchen handle design is often featured in industrial style kitchens in worn or tarnished metals. Using polished metals to create cup handles can create a very modern look but the larger surface area of this option compared to other kitchen handle designs can make this a more high maintenance option.
In contemporary kitchens, inset handles are incredibly popular as they create a smooth profile. Inset handles can be designed in a variety of different styles, materials and shapes and, like cup handles, are most commonly featured in contemporary or industrial-style kitchen settings.
A large number of our kitchen cabinet handles are manufactured in the UK and all the handles and knobs we sell come complete with the fixings required to secure in place. Why not visit one of our solid wood kitchen showrooms to get a better feel for the handles and knobs in our collection?