Buying new cabinet knobs should be fun. You have wide selection to choose from and the knobs you buy can make your home prettier and feel newer.
It’s not entirely fun. There are pitfalls. One mistake can lead to headache after headache as you send knobs back then order new ones and go crazy while you wait for them to be delivered. Getting the perfect knob turns into getting any knob because it is enough already!
You don’t want to feel italicized about your cabinet knob. You want to feel happy, pleased and content. Here are two tips to avoid common problems first-time shoppers make and guarantee you’ll finish with a bold feeling about your cabinet hardware.
1. Buy a sample.
You test drive a car before you buy it, right? Take your cabinet knob for a “test drive” and you’ll be sure to feel good about the type you buy.
Don’t just go out and buy 20 or 30 of one type of knob. You need to see how it will look in your home before you can make a final decision. A cabinet know will look different in the store. It will be under specially arranged lighting, around a bunch of matching knobs, and you’ll have a salesman telling you it is the greatest knob ever made, and he has 50 just like it at home. Don’t believe him. Don’t believe your eyes.
Here’s what we recommend you do: Purchase a selection of knobs and take them home. Try each one on your doors and decide which you like best. Once you’ve picked a winner, send the rest back and order enough of your favorite to finish the room.
The extra effort is worth it because you’ll know what you’re getting and you won’t have any doubts that the elusive “right one” is still out there somewhere. Don’t worry about the extra cost of shipping either. Good stores – like A Touch of Brass – will reimburse the cost of shipping the sample knob if you come back and place a second order later on. So in the end, you’ll be saving money!
2. Buy extras.
Hardware can wear out. It’s a sad but unavoidable truth about owning a home. At least a few pieces of the shiny new hardware you’re buying today may need to be replaced sooner or later. That poses a problem if some of your cabinet knobs wear out much sooner than others. The knob on your silverware drawer will see a lot more action than the knob on your “why did I buy this from an infomercial?” drawer. If your hardware isn’t on the market anymore you’ll either have to buy all-new cabinet knobs, search for a look-alike or just turn your kitchen into a mismatched gobblety-gook of miscellaneous cabinet hardware.
Or you can just do what we recommend, which is to buy a few extra cabinet knobs when you make your initial purchase. That way, if a knob wears out or if you somehow lose one, you won’t be in trouble. Consider the extra cabinet knobs to be an insurance policy against future inconvenience.
Cabinets can really tie a room together so don’t be hasty during the selection process or stingy when you place your order. Take the time to find the perfect knob and buy a few extras just in case. Once you get your kitchen or bathroom to perfection you don’t want anything to keep it from staying that way