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.
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:
- 10 Easy Pieces: Cabinet Pulls
- DIY Video: How to Make a $20 Cabinet Pull for $2
- 10 Easy Pieces: Leather Cabinet Hardware
Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose kitchen cabinetry and hardware in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Cabinets & Hardware.