If you’re looking for minor ways to improve the interior of your home, consider changing out your bathroom and kitchen hardware. With new knobs and pull handles, it will look like you have entirely new cabinetry. So many options and beautiful designs exist these days that you’re sure to find the perfect look that will enhance your existing decor. Changing out hardware is a simple, cost-effective, and fun weekend project that will improve the interior of your home.

Bathroom Hardware
Whether you’re merely changing the hardware in your master bathroom or all of the bathrooms in your home, you’ll want to choose quality knobs and pulls for the best result. Quality cabinet hardware is essential. Go with chrome or brushed nickel that matches your sink faucets or stainless steel appliances for a modern look. For a child’s bathroom, you can choose brightly colored knobs and handles with a fun design that they’ll love. If you want to add a glam look to a bathroom, try glass or crystal hardware.

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware – Knobs & Handles
Screwing in brushed handle with screw gunBecause you will typically have a lot of cabinets in your kitchen, you’ll want to select hardware with an elegant and classic look, which will stand the test of time. You can also select hardware that combines two different finishes to add interest to your kitchen cabinets, such as wood with a brass finish or porcelain with a chrome finish. If you have an all-white kitchen, you might want to select knobs and handles in yellow, green, or even blue to add some color to your space. Kitchens with stainless steel appliances will always look good with simple handles that match the finish of the appliances.

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware – Hinges
Changing your hinges on cabinet doors is a great option. There are many types of hinges however, most will have a 35mm hidden cup hinge also known as a euro-style hinge. New hinges will function smooth and also allow for 3-way adjustments to align the doors perfectly. Several cabinet hinge makers now have these same universal hidden hinges now make them in Soft Close Hinges. Thes hinges are easy to change one by one as your doors are hanging.

How To Measure For Right Hinge Overlay
Buying the right size hinge is imperative to your doors aligning properly. Euro style hidden hinges luckily have only one size that matters and this is the Overlay. Measuring the overlay is actually a simple math problem and not one to be intimidated by. There are two basic options for the side that connects to the cabinets. You generally will have either a face frame mount which is most common and means the hinge connects to the edge of the finished box outer stile and a frameless will connect to the inside of the box, usually a melamine printed mdf.

To measure for your cabinet hinge overlay you just need to take the width of the door – width of the opening divided by two. This means you are coming up with how much the door overlays the opening on the hinge side(or one side of the door is centered which is not always the case). Measuring the overlay for a double door is a bit more complicated. Still you want the overlay on only one side and this can be figured by aligning the doors together(or adding fractions) and measure them as a single door.

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