By shelby. Drawer. Published at Friday, May 12th, 2017 - 20:38:11 PM.
Searching for the Best 2.5 Inch Drawer Pulls Looking for 2 ½ inch drawer pulls can be a big job, but it also can be an amazing adventure that will result in brand new hardware for your cabinets. Whether you need the 2 ½ inch drawer pulls for your kitchen or bathroom, there are many things that should be understood first. For example, what does it mean if the pull measures 2 ½ inches? Surprisingly, it is not the size of the entire pull, but rather the distance from the two holes for the screws. 2 ½ inch drawer pulls are among the most common sizes, although they are considered non-standard. If you are unsure what size pulls you need, take the time to measure the distance between the two holes. If the drawers are brand new, then it may be possible to use whatever size you want, depending on whether or not there are already holes drilled into the drawer. As you shop for 2 ½ inch pulls, it is important to keep several things in mind before making a decision. Size Although the 2 ½ inch pull size has been discussed when it comes to the distance between the holes, there are also some other sizing issues that are important. Most 2 ½ inch pulls are rather small with very little design that actually goes on the drawer itself. Some are extremely simple with just one piece of metal attaching the two holes, while others have a small ornate pattern on them. In most cases, drawers that require 2 ½ inch pulls will be rather small, so they are typically meant for fairly small drawers. However, it never hurts to take a sample of the drawer pull home and hold it up to the drawer so that you can be sure it will look proportionate. An undersized drawer pull just does not look right, and you may end up with stripped screws after a very short time if the size of the pull is not a good size for the drawer. Style Whenever you are choosing any kind of drawer pull, the style is always an important consideration. Remember that very ornate drawer pulls can be rather difficult to clean, especially when they are the smaller 2 ½ inch size. This is why so many of the available pulls that are this smaller size are so plain in comparison to the larger drawer pulls. In general, when choosing a style for your drawer hardware, look for a style that will go well with the rest of the kitchen or bathroom. Antique drawer handles will look rather strange in a country kitchen, an rustic styles do not mix well with modern or contemporary styles. Remember that you are not just choosing a drawer pull that you like, but you are also choosing one that must match with the rest of the room. Separating the style of the hardware out from the style of the rest of the room is always a mistake. Materials Another important thing to think about when choosing 2 ½ inch pulls is the material of the handle. Most handles are made of metal, especially these smaller sizes, but there are a few that come in glass or plastic. Metal is definitely the most durable material, although glass is a very close second. Plastic tends to break very easily, so while those adorable figures made out of plastic may be very tempting to purchase, it is best to resist the temptation and look for a different material that will last a lot longer.
Tips for Selecting Kitchen Drawer Pulls Whether you are replacing your kitchen cabinets or not, new kitchen drawer pulls are a great way to change up the look of your kitchen without spending a lot of money. Kitchen drawer pulls can take just about any shape, color, or style you can think of, and they do not take a lot of time to install. However, selecting the right kitchen drawer pulls does involve making many decisions. You have to think about the style of the hardware compared to the style of the drawers. Then you have to think about the weight and size of the drawers to determine what size pulls you need. You also have to consider the various materials that kitchen drawer pulls are made out of. With all of these decisions, how can you know which drawer pulls will look best in your kitchen? Here are some tips to figuring it all out. Hardware Style Style is one of the most obvious things when it comes to décor of any kind. The way the hardware looks in the drawers it will go on is certainly very important. It should match the rest of the kitchen and complete the look, much like earrings or a necklace completes your personal look. Kitchen drawer pulls are like the finishing touches on a beautiful kitchen, and they can enhance the beauty of the kitchen if they are selected properly or look glaring and out of place if the wrong decision is made. When considering style, just think about the overall style of the kitchen. If you decided on an antique look, then antique drawer pulls are the answer, but if you have a very modern or contemporary look, then you will need something much more sleek and newer. Another part of choosing a style is the kind of kitchen drawer pull you select. Drawer pulls can either be knobs or handles, depending on which style you prefer. You may even want to take into consideration which of the two types feels better in your hand. Materials Another important option that is related to style is the material. Metal kitchen drawer pulls are the most popular right now, but many people opt instead of glass or plastic pulls. Metal pulls will last quite a bit longer than glass or plastic, although they are quite expensive and can be a bit limited in terms of color. However, what metal pulls lack in color, they make up for in the ability to have very ornate carvings and designs. Glass pulls have the benefit of offering a wide selection of colors and very intricate designs. In fact, people who really want a unique type of hardware for their kitchen or bathroom will probably want to opt for glass because of the many choices that are available. Plastic drawer pulls are the least expensive option, and they may offer many different colors and designs also, but often they are very cheap and do not last a long time. Be prepared to change the hardware out again in a couple of years if you opt for low grade plastic. More durable and expensive plastic may last longer than a couple of years. Drawer Size Finally, remember to take into account the size of the drawers. This part has two sides to it. First, think about the overall size of the pull and the size of the drawer face. The pull should be proportional to the front of the drawer. Second, think about how heavy the drawer is and how easy or difficult it is to pull out. Kitchen drawer pulls that are too small will not work well with very heavy or large drawers.
Organizing Kitchen Drawers A good place to start decluttering your kitchen is to get the kitchen drawers organized. They arent often seen (assuming they can close!) but are usually responsible for the vast majority of our kitchen clutter. Do you open your drawers and find a jumbled mess? When you open the silverware drawer are you faced with a tangled mess of silverware, napkins, and seemingly random objects? Besides being able to hold our clutter and enabling further disorganization, having messy kitchen drawers can waste time as we scour through them in search of the one thing that we need. By being disorganized, the drawers also hide duplicates and make getting rid of kitchen clutter more difficult; if we cannot lay everything out and see what all we have we are more prone to keeping everything in the drawers and trying not to worry about it - but we can fix this quickly and easily! First, there are a few general guidelines that will help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of or move to a new storage area. This is based on how long it has been since you used an item: More than a year: Get rid of that clutter! If it has been more than a year there shouldnt be any reason to keep it. Almost one year: You should probably look at getting rid of whatever it is - but you might want to keep it if it is used for holidays. These items can be safely moved out of the "active" part of your kitchen and stored somewhere more long term if only used annually. 6 months: Again, you probably want to look at getting rid of these items unless there is some recurring date that happens a few times a year. 1 month: These items need to be looked at for a decision to be made. Maybe they can be moved to a more long term storage area if they are in a "high traffic" drawer. Some of these items may also need to be discarded. 1 day to 1 week: These items make up the most important part of your kitchen and should be placed in the drawers easiest to access and nearest to where they are used. These are the items like silverware, salt & pepper, mixers, etc. Start with the drawer you use the most. For most of us this will be the silverware drawer. Follow these steps to get your silverware organized: Empty out the drawer Wipe out the inside so that you are starting with a clean drawer Get a silverware holder to separate and keep utensils organized If you do not have one or dont want to buy one, use a small box, strips of cardboard, or other method to make dividers that will keep your different utensils separated. Decide where remaining items go: do you need to keep everything that was in the drawer? Can it go with other like items, or does it need to be donated or thrown away? This simple act of organizing your silverware drawer can save you time and possible hand injuries; Ive skewered my finger a few times on knives and forks in drawers - doing that a few times has made me a life long lover of silverware holders! Tupperware / Plastic containers Most of us use some sort of small to mid sized storage containers on a nearly daily basis. These might be used for packing lunches, storing leftovers, or pre-staging dinners. Put these containers in easy to access drawers or shelving units and stack them on themselves. What does this mean? It means to take like containers and nest them on top of like containers and to do the same with the lids. This will save you some space and get items that are similar grouped together. Spices If you dont have a spice rack, or dont want to take up room on your kitchen surfaces, you can store you spices in a drawer. There are racks you can make to help divide these up, but with most kitchens there is a wide variety of spice container sizes and it may be difficult to find the right one for you. What would work better is to put the spices into the drawer the way you want them and then make, or find, long dividers to keep the spice containers in the configuration that you have them in. This could be done with strips of cardboard, sections of thin plastic, or some other similar material. Openers / Skewers / Grill Tools Putting different types of openers, skewers, and grilling equipment into a drawer can help rid your other drawers of sharp and pokey tools that might snag a hand while rummaging around. While this isnt meant to be a catch all drawer it can help to consolidate some of the lesser used items that can be a hazard. These items might include: can opener bottle opener skewers for kabobs tongs spatulas wine bottle opener egg slicer cheese grater Odds And Ends Drawer This may seem like it goes against the idea of getting rid of clutter, but I believe that every kitchen needs a drawer that can catch the odds and ends that are really useful but just dont fit into any other drawer. The trick is to make sure that this doesnt become an overflowing container that anything you cant make up your mind about goes into. A good idea is to look at what is in the drawer as you go to put something in it and apply the time rule that was discussed above. If something hasnt been used in a long time do yourself a favor and toss it! Are there many duplicates in the drawer? Get rid of some of them! Keeping this drawer manageable will make it more handy and useful while preventing it from becoming a center for clutter. For example, right now in my odds and ends drawer I have these things: screwdriver set of batteries for kitchen appliances rubber bands and other items used to keep bags closed a few pens and pencils pad of paper super glue Keeping my drawer limited to things that are actually needed keeps them fairly organized and less of a hassle. When Im in my kitchen I like to know where my supplies are and to be able to easily get to them without having to wade through piles of junk. Take a few minutes to organize a drawer or two and see how much you like having less clutter in your kitchen!
Chest of Drawers - Things You Need to Know Before You Buy First and foremost, you need to consider what type of wood you would like your chest of drawers to be made of. If you are planning on purchasing all new bedroom furniture, this choice will be easy, as you can simply choose your wood of preference. If you are choosing to purchase your chest of drawers to match existing bedroom furniture however, your selection of choices will be more limited. In order to match your bedroom furniture, attempt to purchase your chest of drawers from the same furniture company or from the same line of furniture. Otherwise, you will have to match your existing furniture to the available selection of chest of drawers. To be certain, shop at retail stores that offer floor models of their furniture purchases. When purchasing your chest of drawers, you will also need to consider what style you would like. Some chest of drawers are made to look traditional and feature curvy and elegant woodwork. Other styles are sleek and modern, fitting for a room of contemporary decor. Higher end chest of drawers will also feature detailed woodwork, especially along the edges and drawer fronts. The style of the chest of drawers is also impacted by the handles or knobs. Drawer handles and knobs can be made from a wide selection of materials, including brass, nickel or wood. They also come in traditional or contemporary designs. If you would like to add your own handles or knobs, or simply do not care to have them, a chest of drawers can be purchased without them. Another important feature to a chest of drawers is what size they can be purchased in. Chest of drawers vary in how tall or wide they are, so consider how much room you will need. The drawers also vary in size, with the full-size drawers being on the bottom the half-size drawers being on the top. This makes it easy to neatly store larger items of clothing on the bottom, while keeping accessories in the top drawers. In order to keep your drawers opening and closing smoothly, runners are required. Drawer runners are mounted on both sides of the drawers to add this support, so be sure that the type of runners that are included are made of quality material and design. Lastly, veneers are an feature to consider when purchasing your chest of drawers. A veneer is a protective coating of superior wood that is glued onto a base of inferior wood. Veneers add an additional look of elegance and quality in workmanship. With so many choices available, many people find that a chest of drawers can be used as living room furniture, where toys, games and blankets can be stored. Or, choose to purchase a chest of drawers for dining room furniture, storing table linens and extra silverware.
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