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    CT State license: HIC.0614520 | Westchester license: WC-28604-H16
    CT State license: HIC.0614520 | Westchester license: WC-28604-H16

Based in Stamford, CT, YRS Home Improvement are custom cabinet makers serving residential an commercial property owners throughout Fairfield County.  Choosing the right cabinet hardware, whether knobs or pulls, can significantly impact both the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen. Here are some factors to consider when deciding between knobs and pulls:



  1. Versatility: Knobs can be used on both drawers and doors, making them a versatile choice.
  2. Ease of Installation: Typically, knobs require only one screw, making them easier and quicker to install.
  3. Classic Look: Knobs often lend a classic or traditional look to a kitchen, although they can also be found in modern designs.
  4. Cost: Generally, knobs are less expensive than pulls, which can be a consideration if you have a lot of cabinets to outfit.


  1. Grip: Knobs might be harder to grip for people with larger hands or those with arthritis.
  2. Limited Surface Area: They provide less surface area for pulling, which can be a drawback for larger drawers.



  1. Functionality: Pulls are typically easier to grab and pull, making them more functional for heavy drawers and wide cabinet doors.
  2. Modern Appeal: Pulls often provide a sleek, modern look that can enhance the contemporary aesthetic of a kitchen.
  3. Size Variety: Available in various lengths, pulls can be tailored to fit different cabinet sizes, providing a cohesive and balanced look.
  4. Ergonomics: The larger surface area of pulls can be easier to use for individuals of all ages and abilities.


  1. Cost: Pulls are generally more expensive than knobs, especially larger or more intricate designs.
  2. Installation Complexity: Pulls usually require two screws, which can make installation more time-consuming and might require more precise measurements to ensure alignment.

Mixed Approach

Many kitchen designs successfully use a combination of both knobs and pulls. For instance:

  • Knobs on Doors, Pulls on Drawers: This common approach leverages the strengths of each hardware type.
  • Design Cohesion: Mixing and matching can also allow for more design flexibility, enabling you to create a unique look while maintaining functionality.

Considerations for Choice

  1. Kitchen Style: Choose hardware that complements the overall style of your kitchen. Traditional kitchens may look best with classic knobs, while modern kitchens might benefit from sleek pulls.
  2. Cabinet Type and Size: Larger drawers and cabinets might function better with pulls due to the ease of use, while smaller doors might look more balanced with knobs.
  3. Personal Preference and Ergonomics: Consider who will be using the kitchen and their specific needs. Ergonomics play a significant role in making the kitchen user-friendly.
  4. Budget: Factor in the cost differences, especially if you are outfitting a large number of cabinets.


Both knobs and pulls have their unique advantages and potential drawbacks. The best choice depends on your kitchen’s style, your personal preference, the specific function of each cabinet, and your budget.

YRS Home Improvement can help you navigate the design process, make informed decisions, and ensure that your custom cabinets meet your expectations in terms of quality, functionality, and style. Contact us today at (203) 313-5036 to schedule a quick no-cost quote!  We can provide you with a detailed quote based on your requirements and preferences. We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.