Hardware
Hardware is divided into three categories, functional, convenience and decorative.

Functional: Functional hardware includes the drawer slides and door hinges that allow their drawer boxes and doors to operate. Door hinges are functional but can also be decorative when they are exposed.

Drawer Slides: Drawer slides come in two basic configurations, concealed and exposed. The configuration refers to what you see on the drawer box side when the drawer is opened. Drawer slides are classified by their dynamic carrying capacity, measured in pounds which ranges from 75 - 500 lbs, and extension which determines how far forward the back of the drawer comes out when opened, ¾ or full extension.

Concealed:

  • Concealed or undermount slides are not visible when the drawer is open.
  • Capacity is either 75 or 110 lbs.
  • Slide mechanism is protected from spills.
  • Available with soft close feature.
  • Available in ¾, full extension.

Exposed:

  • Exposed drawer slides are visible when the drawer is open.
  • Capacity runs from 75 pounds to 500 lbs.
  • Special versions are available for file drawers with lateral drawer stability.
  • Limited models available with soft close feature.
  • Available in ¾, full extension.

Hinges: Hinges come in two basic configurations, concealed and exposed. The configuration refers to what you see when the door is closed.

Concealed:

  • Concealed hinges are not visible when the door is closed.
  • Available with soft close feature.
  • Allows for easy adjustment of doors in three directions.

Exposed:
  • Exposed hinges are visible when the door is closed.
  • Numerous styles and finishes are available.
  • Can also be considered decorative.

Convenience: Convenience hardware is all the things that go inside cabinets and drawers to add ease of use. Types of convenience hardware include:

  • Lazy Susan - available in round, kidney, and half moon shapes.
  • Trash and recycle systems.
  • Pantry systems - available in both revolving and roll-out versions.
  • Pull down shelves - allow you to bring upper shelves down to a reachable level.
  • Pull out cabinet storage.
  • Door storage systems.
  • Pull out hampers and baskets.
  • Wine storage.
  • Drawer inserts - plates, cutlery, spice, bread, knives, cosmetics, jewelry, and pencils.
  • Cutting boards.
  • Mixer lifts.

Decorative: Decorative hardware is the door and drawer pulls used on cabinets. There are countless styles, finishes and quality of door and drawer knobs and pulls. Typically, the choice of style and finish is a personal choice. If exposed hinges are to be used they are available in the same style and finishes as the knob or pull. Some practical factors to consider in selecting knobs and pulls are:

  • How well do your hands fit in the pulls?
  • How comfortable do your fingers fit behind a knob?
  • How easy is it to grab a knob when you fingers are wet?