When choosing a handle consider your current and ongoingneeds, taking account of the finish, grip,function and visual appeal of the item. In general, handles willprotrude, be grooved or recessed into the door or drawer, orbe mounted along the top edge.
Depending on the style of the kitchen and your needs, you may choose to specify one type of handle throughout or a combination of styles.
It is very important to consider the weight of the door or drawer to ensure the handles chosen can easily and effortlessly be grasped to open and close the unit. Be aware that integrated appliance doors are often heavier than standard cupboard doors or drawers.
Integrated handles have become very popular as they create a smooth, streamlined finish and make the door and drawer fronts very easy to clean.
Handles can be made from stainless steel, metal, aluminium or wood and may incorporate decorative finishes such as precious stone, glass, crystal or other feature elements.
- A horizontal, thin handle will visually lengthen the kitchen
- A vertical handle will visually add height to the space
- Be aware of handle size when considering for comer cupboards or bi-fold doors to ensure there is space for the doors to fully fold back without catching on the handle.
Hinges are one of the most-used Items in any kitchen – doors are opened numerous times during the day (and night), so must be up to the task required. We ensure the hinge we specify is rated for the task and tested to ensure its longevity.
Hinges are also available with a variety of soft-close options. The addition of a soft-close hinge element will take up more space (but not a significant amount) within cupboard, so make sure you allow for this when planning which items will be stored where.
Technological advances also mean that today’s hinges can support heavy doors if required for the design. Push-to open hinges are also available and many homeowners prefer this option as it frees up hands when carrying Hems and can also speed up the open and close motion when cooks are busy.
- Utilise well-functioning and well-designed hardware to ensure good organisation of items within the kitchen. If you can ensure that your clients can put their hands on exactly what they want when it’s needed, then working in the kitchen will be a breeze
- Take advantage of the brilliant fittings available today to help you get the ergonomics of the kitchen just right
- Position your hardware and internal fittings to keep distances short between key work spaces for an efficient and functional kitchen
- Plan and design hardware and internal fittings early in the process to maximise the results
- Clever internal fitout will assist clients to access those items stored in the most frequently used (middle) zone, between shoulders and hips
- Wall units need really good organisational systems to make the most of the space and allow for easy access.
- Internal fit out can be just as effectively designed as the rest of the kitchen.
- Bi-fold (where the door folds in half as it lifts). Technically known as Lift advance HF
- Single lift and over (where a single panel is raised and sits back over the top of the cupboard). Technically known as Lift advance HS
- Single parallel (where a single panel is raised vertically and sits above the cupboard when open). Technically known as Lift advance HL
- Front lift (where a single panel simply lifts from the pivot point at the hinge). Technically known as Lift advance HK
- Be aware of handle size when considering for corner cupboards or bi-fold doors to ensure there is space for the doors to fully fold back without catching on the handle.
- If space is limited, consider the use of a sliding door to keep walkways clear.