Measuring Cabinet Pull Center to Center
One of the most exciting steps of building or remodeling your cabinetry is choosing the new drawer pulls that will add that bit of charm that makes your cabinets more… you! There are a variety of cabinet hardware options to choose from, one for every style: classic, vintage, contemporary, wild and unusual, the options go on and on.
Installing these cabinet jewels can be a little tricky. Cabinet hardware usually varies in size, so besides knowing the positioning of the cabinet hardware on the cabinet door, you also have to take one important detail into consideration: the center-to-center measurement. The Center-to-Center of any drawer pull is the distance between the center of one screw hole to the center of the other.
Measuring the center-to-center of the drawer pull is key in determining what new hardware will fit and whether you’ll need to drill new mounting holes or fit into existing ones. If you are building the cabinet from scratch, the center-to-center measurement will guide you in drilling your holes. Make sure to precisely measure where the hardware will be placed with a leveler too – you definitely don’t want your drawer pulls and knobs to look unbalanced.
Tip: Before you start drilling holes, get masking tape, a pencil, and a ruler. Masking tape is very helpful because you’ll be able to mark the cabinets without damaging them. Remember, measure twice, cut once!
On the other hand, if you are just replacing old hardware, the center-to-center measurement will help you make the right purchase. Before buying cabinet pulls, make sure that it has the same center-to-center measurement as your old hardware.
Tip: In addition to measuring your center-to-center, note the height and width of your old hardware. That way, you can new handles that are at least that size to cover any wear marks (or the opposite, any unblemished areas that were previously covered).
The size of the hardware varies depending on the size of the cabinetry. This may seem obvious, but for larger cabinetry, larger drawer handles fit the space better, and for smaller drawers, use smaller handles. Here’s a drawer pull guide selection guide:
Small Cabinetry: For small drawers, use knobs or small pulls ranging from 1” inch to 1-9/16”. Drawers this size are usually used in kitchens for a spice rack drawer or for specialty drawers in a dressing table.
Standard Cabinetry: This size opens up a variety of options. The most common lengths are 3”, 4”, and 6” inch handles. Kitchens and bathrooms typically have standard drawer sizes where these options work best.
Oversized CabinetryOversized furniture is less common, usually found in modern kitchens, and oversized hardware to match can be more difficult to find. Or it can be custom built. Handles can go from 20” and up.