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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.

a small space plywood kitchen benefits from unobtrusive cutout cabinet pulls. s 9
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.
in happiness at home with a german design duo: studio oink&#8\2\17;s own b 10
Above: In Happiness at Home with a German Design Duo: Studio Oink’s own bright and airy kitchen in Wiesbaden features discreet circular cutouts.
architect peter legge uses rectangular cutouts in a kitchen in dublin. see the  11
Above: Architect Peter Legge uses rectangular cutouts in a kitchen in Dublin. See the rest of the project in  A Victorian Transformation, Dublin Style.
custom fronts with “just a gap to slip your hand in” are added to ikea cab 12
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.
cabinets with round cutouts and a dose of robin&#8\2\17;s egg blue in kitc 13
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.
the most inventive cutout shape? an organic notch in a light filled chalet in  14
Above: The most inventive cutout shape? An organic notch in A Light-Filled Chalet in the Italian Alps, Updated for a Young Skier.
a detail of the cutout, with partially milled plywood that exposes a darker pl 15
Above: A detail of the cutout, with partially-milled plywood that exposes a darker ply inside.
for fewer cutouts, top and bottom drawers share a simple, oval shaped cutout. s 16
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.
bespoke cutouts, bright edition, in kitchen of the week: a boundary breaking l 17
Above: Bespoke cutouts, bright edition, in Kitchen of the Week: A Boundary-Breaking London Remodel.
in kitchen of the week: oakland family kitchen by medium plenty, overhead slid 18
Above: In Kitchen of the Week: Oakland Family Kitchen by Medium Plenty, overhead sliding cabinets feature easy-access circular cutouts.
in a victorian girls’ school reborn, a sleek, streamlined kitchen makes use  19
Above: In A Victorian Girls’ School Reborn, a sleek, streamlined kitchen makes use of narrow cutout pulls.
busy spaces benefit from cutout cabinet pulls, too: in this city apartment, tr 20
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.
&#8\2\20;to me, there’s something nautical about them,” says the design 21
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.
the sliding kitchen by workstead, a member of the remodelista architect &  22
Above: The Sliding Kitchen by Workstead, a member of the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory, features circular cutouts in the cabinetry.
clean lined cutouts in kitchen of the week: eclectic english kitchen, color in 23
Above: Clean-lined cutouts in Kitchen of the Week: Eclectic English Kitchen, Color Included.
drawers are given an easy open cutout treatment in the curtained kitchen, dutc 24
Above: Drawers are given an easy-open cutout treatment in The Curtained Kitchen, Dutch Modern Edition.
 a sixties inspired danish ikea hack, now coming to america, includes subtle c 25
Above: A Sixties-Inspired Danish Ikea Hack, Now Coming to America, includes subtle circular cutout pulls.
cabinet noir: another workstead project with cutout cabinet pulls. 26
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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