Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls: 17 Favorites from the Remodelista Archives

Search

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. 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.
In Happiness at Home with a German Design Duo: Studio Oink’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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
 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.
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.

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation

From our network