4 Simple Rules on How to Size Cabinet Pulls

February 29, 2024


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Choosing cabinet hardware doesn’t seem like a hard task… that is until you have to decide what size pull you need. Between drawers and doors and whether they are short or long, it’s a mathematical mystery on exactly how to determine the “right” size. A lot of it comes down to your eye, but don’t fret, we have some general rules you can follow to get a feel for it.

Drawers Under 24 in.

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For drawers less than 24 inches wide the rule is as simple as it gets. Pulls should be about 1/3 the width of the drawer. For example, if you have a 21 inch drawer, you would use a 7 inch pull!

Drawers Over 24 in.

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If a drawer is wider than 24 inches, you will want two pulls. Each pull should be about 1/6 the size of the drawer width. So if you have a 36 inch drawer, then you would want two 6 inch pulls spaced out on the drawer front.

Regular Cabinet Doors

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Don’t worry, regular sized cabinet doors also follow a very simple rule! Generally we choose 5 inch pulls for both upper and lower cabinets.. that’s it! Phew, that was easy.

Tall Cabinet Doors

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Tall cabinet doors is where the lines are blurry. We tend to select anywhere from 8-12 inch cabinet pulls depending on how tall the door is. If it is a full height door, definitely choose at least a 12 inch pull. For doors that are not full height, you might want to opt for an 8 or 10 inch pull.

These are general rules that we tend to use when selecting the pull size for cabinet and drawer hardware. A lot of it does come down to what looks right, especially for taller cabinet doors, but typically we stick to this for a guide.

If you are looking for help on how to place cabinet hardware, check out our Cabinet Placement Guide!


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