Solid wood kitchens in either a Shaker or Traditional style may set the theme, but the ‘devil is in the detail’, as they say! Indeed, it is the finishing touches that truly differentiate each kitchen from another.
At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we offer a wide range of wooden accessories to complement oak kitchens, as well as a variety of handles and knobs in both satin and glossy stainless steel, pewter, oak, cherry, walnut and more. Many of the handles and knobs in our collection are made in Great Britain, some are handmade, and all come with the relevant fixings.
In this guide we’ll look at the different types of kitchen cabinet door handles and knobs available, and how to easily install them onto our wood kitchen frontals.
Bow, Bar & D Handles
For a kitchen drawer, bow, bar and ‘D’ handles are particularly well suited in a horizontal configuration, though they can also be used in a vertical position on cabinet doors. Our range includes simplistic yet stylish options such as the Metropolis Bow Handle or (a special favourite of ours) the Bar Handle – a perfect choice for the modern kitchen.
In a traditional kitchen setting, our selection of ‘D’ handles are superb options – ideal for a classical kitchen. Some, such as our cast iron Hammered Handles, are handmade to an incredibly high standard, which adds to the overall charm of a kitchen.
Our selection of cup handles can be used in both modern and thoroughly traditional settings. Whilst our cast iron Smooth Cup Handle is the ideal companion to a traditional oak kitchen frontal, our zinc alloy Sleek Cup Pull Handle adds an industrial look to kitchens with a modern flair.
The range also includes sleek pewter and brass cup handles, which are – by themselves – capable of setting a design tone across the entire kitchen.
What better accessory to suit a natural wooden kitchen than matching knobs? Our collection is made entirely of solid wood and all come in a clear lacquered finish which ensures they are hard-wearing and will stand up to years of use.
Whatever type of wooden kitchen worktops you’re considering, our range of knobs covers all bases, including our most popular timbers: oak, beech, walnut, maple, cherry and iroko. We also stock a stained & lacquered solid wood knob that is the ideal companion for our exotic wenge, black American walnut and zebrano worktop varieties.
Though solid oak is the ideal material for our hardwood kitchen cabinets, they can also be complemented by either our gorgeous pewter or stainless steel knobs.
For a simplistic traditional look, our Lamont Knob and cast iron Smooth Knob fit the bill, whilst the more decorative Acanthus pewter knob or cracked-ceramic Edison Knob are ornate enough to add plenty of elegance to even the most exquisite of traditional solid wood kitchens.
Installing Knobs & Handles
Both our knobs and handles can be very easily installed onto our solid oak doors, as well as being retro-fitted to existing frontals.
To install, you’ll need two very simple tools: an electric drill and a screwdriver.
For Knobs: simply drill a hole in the desired position on your cabinet door. You may want to measure and mark using a pencil on the rear of the door to ensure that the knobs are positioned in the same place on every door. Use your drill and a 4mm drill bit to drill a hole through the frontal to accommodate the 3mm bolt which holds all knobs in our collection in place. Use your screwdriver to screw the bolt securely into the back of the handle.
For Handles: the process is exactly the same as fixing knobs to frontals, but requires you to drill two holes that are the correct distance apart to accommodate the handle. We recommend using a ruler to measure the distance between the holes, which you then transpose onto the back of your cabinet door, taking special care to ensure that the marks you draw are kept straight and parallel to the top or side of the frontal (depending on the handle’s orientation).
Can’t quite make up your mind which handle or knob would suit best? Please view our entire range on the kitchen knobs & handles page for more inspiration.