Kitchen Hardware & Wireware

Door and drawer handles, previously purely functional items in the kitchen, have undergone a dynamic change in the past few years. Now, in addition to being a practical inclusion, we require them to be decorative, aesthetically pleasing and add to the character and style of the kitchen design.

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.

If you are considering “knob-style handle”,ensure it is large enough to be easily gripped and does not protrude too far into the walk-space of the kitchen. There are numerous novelty items available in this category but be aware that these items will date quickly and may need to be replaced in a few years.
A “pull” handle can be installed vertically or horizontally and is generally fixed to the cabinet in two places. There will be space for the user’s handto slip inside to pull the door or drawer open.

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.

Ensure you are aware of any special maintenance issues that may pertain to the type of material chosen.
If you are unsure of which style of handle you prefer, we suggest you visit one of our showrooms to touch, feel and try using a variety of handles.
Damco Kitchens Handles

Design tips

  • 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.

Damco Kitchens Hinge
Drawer Options
Drawers are available in a wide range of widths and heights and can be specified with a variety of side designs with matching internal organisational systems. There are even options for drawer-within-drawer units to fully maximise the space.
There are many types of full-extension drawers available and most homeowners are choosing this option in preference to the older style of drawer, which made a portion of the space at the back very hard to access. However, standard extension drawers are still available if required.
The runner systems will generally be made from metal for added strength and Damco kitchens offer Hettich runners that can manage very wide and deep drawers or take weights up to70kg, making them perfect for pots and pans or heavy casserole dishes.
In addition to the full-extension runners, we also offer a soft-close option for drawers and doors. This ensures that the drawer (or door) will not slam on closing, giving it an added safety benefit as well as protecting the contents of the drawer. The mechanism slows the action of the drawer so, no matter how hard it is pushed, it cannot bang closed.
If a handle-free kitchen is required, it is worth considering the utilisation of push-to-open mechanisms (although handles can be included with these systems if preferred). Push-to-open mechanisms provide hands-free way of opening and closing the drawer (or door) and are activated by pressure from the wrist, elbow, knee or foot, and closed in the same way.
Many homeowners like and appreciate this option as it adds to the efficiency of the working space within the kitchen and can be a time-saver during peak preparation times. Most push systems can also incorporate a soft-close option as well. These options are also useful for those with limited hand movement, such as arthritis, as it avoids using the fingers constantly.
Be aware that any electronic open-and-close system will require power, although doors and drawers can be opened manually in the event of a power failure. The mechanism will also take up some space at the rear of the cabinet, so this must be taken into account when planning. However, units that we supply are very compact and unlikely to make a significant impact on the available storage space.
Options for drawers also now include decorative panels that can personalise a kitchen and add another dimension to your design. If you are particularly designer focused, it would be worth pitching the idea of these inserts as a way to stamp their individual taste on the kitchen.
The decorative panels are inserts that slide along the sides and/or front of the drawer and are on show when the drawer is opened. Panels are generally available in a range of pre-designed patterns and colours or can be custom designed to your environment.
Damco Kitchens Drawers
Internal Fit out
Internal fit out refers to the interior elements of the doors and drawers — not including drawer runners and opening systems (which are dealt with under “Drawer Options” below). This internal fit out can encompass lazy Susan-type structures for corner cupboards, drawer spacers and dividers, pull-out shelving or wire baskets, drop-down units, pantry fit out, etc.
When planning your interior space, ensure you give enough consideration about your storage and access needs. It is important to understand the types of items you use daily, weekly and yearly so these are positioned accurately within the kitchen and adequate allowance for their ongoing access is catered for within your layout.
How you shop and what food (and what quantity) you need to store is essential information that will allow you to design an interior space to suit your needs.
If the kitchen is to incorporate a scullery or butler’s pantry, you will most likely utilise a range of internal fit out options to ensure the functionality of the space. Again, your clear understanding of your habits and requirements will ensure you choose the correct equipment needed for the space.
Corner cupboards, for years the problem area in most kitchens, have traditionally been dealt with via the inclusion of some form of corner unit accessory-Today’s corner inclusions offer a range of solutions, with slide-out and pull-out units that bring the back-corner items within reach without compromising storage space.
Corner drawer units have increased in popularity and are a great solution for a tricky corner space as they extend fully to allow the homeowner to easily reach items at the very back without having to remove the items in front. Access can now be much easier with these cleverly designed units no longer requiring kneeling and bending awkwardly in order to see or reach the back of the cupboard.
A range of internal solutions for drawer organisation is also available to make your daily tasks much easier. Items Include cutlery sorters, inserts that store plates and bowls, inserts that manage storage of pantry items, as well as drawers-within-drawers for access to items such as spices and oils for cooking in the zones in which they are required.
Anti-slip mats and drawer bases are great ideas to protect contents and ensure they will not move around as the drawer or units are opened.
Specific inclusions for pantry organisation are also available and these include drawers of various heights and sizes which can be installed behind a cabinet door if required. Pull-out pantry options are also available in full- and half-height sizes. The pull-out pantry is very popular as it allows access from both sides of the unit, which can be very useful when unpacking groceries.
Internal items are also available to manage under-sink storage — again, that has traditionally been a problem area. Smaller pull-out unto can be installed alongside the sink to maximise the space either side of the dropped-down bowl. These can include allocation for tea-towels and cleaning materials where required.
Damco Kitchens Fit Out
Hardware Help from Hettich
  • 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.
Damco Kitchens Fit Out
Design Tips
  • Internal fit out can be just as effectively designed as the rest of the kitchen.
Lift-up Mechanisms
Upper cabinets have long posed a problem for kitchen designers because access can be difficult and lesser-used items were always relegated to this storage area.
Many designers (and homeowners) now opt fora lift-up door rather than a side-opening door. There are a number of benefits in this application but the major one is unhindered access.

Lift-up doors are generally available in four styles:

  • Bi-fold (where the door folds in half as it lifts). Technically known as Lift advance HF
Damco Kitchen 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
Damco Kitchens 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
Damco Kitchens Lift Advance HL
  • Front lift (where a single panel simply lifts from the pivot point at the hinge). Technically known as Lift advance HK
Damco Kitchens Lift Advance HK
Our lift-up systems are from Hettich and use a hinge that has “stop” points, i.e. the door can be partially opened and will hold itself in place without falling closed. This can be a great benefit to homeowners needing to quickly grab an item without having to fully open the panel each time.
There are also options for automatic open-and-close functions in a range of lift systems. The main benefit is, again, speed of use during busy periods. The homeowner pushes a button and the door opens by itself. Another push and it will close automatically, leaving the homeowner free to continue with the task at hand.
Other Door Options
Folding doors can be very useful to manage corners or other angled spaces. Most will feature two doors which, when open, pull back completely to allow full access to the cupboards interior. Bi-fold doors are also very useful if space is limited, and you need to allow for traffic flow while the door is open. There are many hinge systems for folding doors — some allow the door to open and lie flat, others fold to one side or lift up as detailed above.
Full-length sliding doors, traditionally seen more in wardrobe installations, have become more popular as we follow European trends. We also offer options for flush-closing sliding doors, which can be used to conceal shelving or internal drawers. Sliding door systems can be used to manoeuvre large doors (for example, up to 2000mm x 2500mm) and can be very popular in today’s open-plan kitchens to hide mess when not in use but allow unfettered access to contents when required.
One of the benefits of a Sliding door is that the runners are located at the top of the units, thereby making use of a space traditionally not needed for kitchen use without encroaching on storage space with an element such as a hinge.
Another popular option is the pocket door, which folds back then returns within the cabinet to be neatly hidden away until needed. With a system such as this, it’s important to choose a slide and hinge option that provides excellent stability throughout the movement of the door. Again, check door widths and weights as different manufacturers will offer various products to suit different applications.
For all these options, be aware that handle choice can greatly affect how the door operates. If you wish for the doors to fold back on each other, for example, take care not to choose a bulky handle that may impede on the door fully opening.
Dave Angus, Marketing Manager for Hettich, says, “Often, because hardware is largely hidden away in the kitchen, it becomes an afterthought in the planning and design process. Once again, it is important to include hardware research and decision-making early in the process to get an idea of what is available and to maximise the functionality and aesthetics in the kitchen — it becomes harder and more expensive to retrofit after the job is completed.”

Design tips

  • 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.
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