The 12 best kitchen handles to accessorize your space, including super chic pulls that cost less than $3 each

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An underestimated decorative addition to your kitchen, kitchen handles must be nifty, nimble, tactile, and in keeping with your kitchen's overarching style. So while you might not have given much thought to the handles, the hardware you choose for your kitchen should be an equally measured consideration as the cabinets themselves.

‘It’s one of those pieces of detail that really does have to blend form and function. It’s no good choosing something beautiful if you can’t get a grip and open anything,’ says the founder of Buster + Punch, Massimo Buster Minale. 'Grip should be near perfect.' When it comes to the most popular styles, cute knob handles can add a decorative element, while edge pulls are great for a minimalist style, installed on the reverse of the cabinet and wrapping around the cabinet drawer edge. 

For larger doors, go for longer-length bars. T-bars are a great cross between knobs and handles, meaning you can really get some grip on the handle. Pull bars can range in length from around 160mm to 420mm and can work on pantry or cabinet-fronted fridges. 

Think of your cabinet hardware like jewelry - whether it’s a glimmer of gold on a T-bar or a tactile pull for ease of use, we’ve run through the best on the market that will bring a modern kitchen to life with ease.

Best T-bar handles

Best pull bar handles

Best pull handles

Best knob handles

What material should kitchen handles be?

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For an enduringly stylish and industrial kitchen, bring solid metal into the space. Stainless steel, brass and bronze are all sleek and stylish, giving a slick edge to your cabinetry. ‘Steel works with everything, brass is warm and inviting,’ says Massimo Buster Minale, founder of Buster + Punch. 

Metal makes for durability, essential for everyday pieces that frequently get tugged and pulled. Buster + Punch’s cabinet hardware collection, Cross, Cast and Linear is exclusively made from solid metal -  steel, brass, gunmetal, black, welders black and on special occasions, burnt steel. ‘We use the finest metals and everything is refined by hand. Our cabinet hardware will outlast us all,’ says Massimo. 

You can also get cheaper hardware in aluminum, or wood, although this might not be as durable, and bear in mind that brass oxidizes over time so must be finished with a clear lacquer glaze. Whatever material you go for, keep things cohesive throughout the room. If your kitchen has brass taps, match this with brass handles or a complementary finish such as black hardware. ‘Keeping to one style of cabinet hardware has the power to lift entire homes or spaces with such ease - you’ll be amazed at the result,’ says Massimo. Alternatively, think fabric. Leather handles are a softer alternative that are pleasing to the touch and add a unique feel to a room as they will age and wear beautifully over time.

How should I position kitchen cabinet handles?

When it comes to placement, for drawers under 24 inches, center a single pull or knob. If your drawer is 24 inches or over you can add a second pull. To get the perfect placement for your cabinet knob or pull, divide the drawer into thirds and place the two knobs in the left and right thirds of the drawer. 

Mounted on the door, cabinetry knobs and pulls are placed on the opposite side of the door hinge and typically two to three inches from the bottom corner of the door for upper cabinets. While on base cabinets, knobs are usually placed around two to three inches from the upper corner of the door.

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.