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Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls: 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives

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Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls: 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives

May 28, 2017

I dream of unadorned kitchen cabinets that are inexpensive to fabricate and easy to use. This is how I discovered the cutout drawer and cabinet pull.

As much as the next person, I do a lot of swooning over open shelving. The reality of my small kitchen and obsessively ordered personality, however, is that I need every available inch for closed storage. But then the visual clutter, exacerbated in a small kitchen, of all those protruding handles becomes another problem altogether. Enter the cutout handle: a simple hole or notch in the cabinet face that functions as a cabinet pull.

Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives A small space plywood kitchen benefits from unobtrusive cutout cabinet pulls. See more space saving ideas in Kitchen of the Week: A Compact Family Kitchen in Paris.
Above: A small-space plywood kitchen benefits from unobtrusive cutout cabinet pulls. See more space-saving ideas in Kitchen of the Week: A Compact Family Kitchen in Paris.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives In Happiness at Home with a German Design Duo: Studio Oink&#8\2\17;s own bright and airy kitchen in Wiesbaden features discreet circular cutouts.
Above: In Happiness at Home with a German Design Duo: Studio Oink’s own bright and airy kitchen in Wiesbaden features discreet circular cutouts.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Architect Peter Legge uses rectangular cutouts in a kitchen in Dublin. See the rest of the project in  A Victorian Transformation, Dublin Style.
Above: Architect Peter Legge uses rectangular cutouts in a kitchen in Dublin. See the rest of the project in  A Victorian Transformation, Dublin Style.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Custom fronts with “just a gap to slip your hand in” are added to Ikea cabinets in Kitchen of the Week: A Designer’s Own Ikea Hack Kitchen in Provence, Before and After.
Above: Custom fronts with “just a gap to slip your hand in” are added to Ikea cabinets in Kitchen of the Week: A Designer’s Own Ikea Hack Kitchen in Provence, Before and After.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Cabinets with round cutouts and a dose of robin&#8\2\17;s egg blue in Kitchen of the Week: A Copenhagen Stylist Reinvents Her Kitchen, Ikea Hack Included.
Above: Cabinets with round cutouts and a dose of robin’s egg blue in Kitchen of the Week: A Copenhagen Stylist Reinvents Her Kitchen, Ikea Hack Included.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives The most inventive cutout shape? An organic notch in A Light Filled Chalet in the Italian Alps, Updated for a Young Skier.
Above: The most inventive cutout shape? An organic notch in A Light-Filled Chalet in the Italian Alps, Updated for a Young Skier.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives A detail of the cutout, with partially milled plywood that exposes a darker ply inside.
Above: A detail of the cutout, with partially-milled plywood that exposes a darker ply inside.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives For fewer cutouts, top and bottom drawers share a simple, oval shaped cutout. See Kitchen of the Week: Cookbook Author Anna Jones at Home in London.
Above: For fewer cutouts, top and bottom drawers share a simple, oval-shaped cutout. See Kitchen of the Week: Cookbook Author Anna Jones at Home in London.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Bespoke cutouts, bright edition, in Kitchen of the Week: A Boundary Breaking London Remodel.
Above: Bespoke cutouts, bright edition, in Kitchen of the Week: A Boundary-Breaking London Remodel.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives In Kitchen of the Week: Oakland Family Kitchen by Medium Plenty, overhead sliding cabinets feature easy access circular cutouts.
Above: In Kitchen of the Week: Oakland Family Kitchen by Medium Plenty, overhead sliding cabinets feature easy-access circular cutouts.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives In A Victorian Girls’ School Reborn, a sleek, streamlined kitchen makes use of narrow cutout pulls.
Above: In A Victorian Girls’ School Reborn, a sleek, streamlined kitchen makes use of narrow cutout pulls.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Busy spaces benefit from cutout cabinet pulls, too: In this city apartment, traditional pulls would only add more visual clutter. For more, see Before & After: A Galley Kitchen Reinvented.
Above: Busy spaces benefit from cutout cabinet pulls, too: In this city apartment, traditional pulls would only add more visual clutter. For more, see Before & After: A Galley Kitchen Reinvented.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives &#8\2\20;To me, there’s something nautical about them,” says the designer Rachel Cleaveland Riedy of cabinet cutouts—fitting for An Artful Aerie in Mill Valley.
Above: “To me, there’s something nautical about them,” says the designer Rachel Cleaveland Riedy of cabinet cutouts—fitting for An Artful Aerie in Mill Valley.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives The Sliding Kitchen by Workstead, a member of the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory, features circular cutouts in the cabinetry.
Above: The Sliding Kitchen by Workstead, a member of the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory, features circular cutouts in the cabinetry.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Clean lined cutouts in Kitchen of the Week: Eclectic English Kitchen, Color Included.
Above: Clean-lined cutouts in Kitchen of the Week: Eclectic English Kitchen, Color Included.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Drawers are given an easy open cutout treatment in The Curtained Kitchen, Dutch Modern Edition.
Above: Drawers are given an easy-open cutout treatment in The Curtained Kitchen, Dutch Modern Edition.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives  A Sixties Inspired Danish Ikea Hack, Now Coming to America, includes subtle circular cutout pulls.
Above: A Sixties-Inspired Danish Ikea Hack, Now Coming to America, includes subtle circular cutout pulls.
Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives Cabinet noir: another Workstead project with cutout cabinet pulls.
Above: Cabinet noir: another Workstead project with cutout cabinet pulls.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 23, 2013.

For much more, see Remodeling 101: Cutout Cabinet Pulls. Want to go with traditional cabinet pulls? Here are a few we like:

Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose kitchen cabinetry and hardware in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Cabinets & Hardware.

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