How to Choose the Right Kitchen Handle Size

In customizing or remodeling your kitchen, it is important to consider both style and functionality. The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of our home, so every detail should be carefully looked into.

When dealing with your kitchen cabinet hardware, you need to make sure you’re getting the right handle size. Getting kitchen handles in the wrong size can be really frustrating whenever you open drawers or cabinets. So it’s best to educate yourself in how to choose the right size of kitchen handles beforehand.

Follow this short guide to learn how to pick the right hardware size for a perfectly customized kitchen.

Will you be using handles, knobs or both?

Decide whether you’ll be using knobs or pulls? Using knobs for your cabinets and drawers can be a less expensive option. Also, you will only have to drill a single hole to fix a knob. Knobs can create a minimalistic look. On the other hand, cabinets and drawers which feature pulls can present a sharper and more modern look. For heavy drawers, Bar pulls can be more functional and can offer support and flexibility for those who have weakened grip.

Generally, people tend to be using both for the kitchen. knobs are more useful when placed on cabinet doors  and cupboard while handles and pulls are usually placed on drawers.

Get handles that fit your hands.

After you’ve decided on what hardware would look and work well with your kitchen, you need to make sure that they’d perfectly fit your hands. You don’t want to grab on handles that are too small or too large for your hands. It’s best to pick hardware that you can wrap your hands around comfortably.

Size may not be that big of an issue for some but for those who suffer from arthritis or other related conditions, this can be a critical consideration.

Choose the right handle size by taking measurements.

Depending on your preference, you may have cabinets and drawers of varying sizes and each size may require a corresponding handle size. Do take note that the size of a bar pull is determined by measuring from the center of one screw hole to the other while the knob size can be determined with its diameter.

Cabinet Size Small-Sized Cabinets (300mm dimensions) Standard-Sized Cabinets (300mm to 900 dimensions) Oversized Cabinets (900mm or larger dimensions)
Handle Size 76mm to 96mm center-to-center) 128mm to 192mm center-to-center 160mm to 320mm center-to-center or 2 handles
Knob Size 25mm-30mm diameter 30mm-35mm diameter 40mm diameter (or larger)


With the wide selection of handles and accessories for your kitchen in the market, it may be confusing at first. But by following this guide, you’ll bring your dream kitchen into life in no time.