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post #1 of 21 Old 11-19-2009, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Knob Placement on Cabinet doors.

Cabinetman & I were having a discussion about the knob placement on my recent post of the white vanity. He wan't fond of where I put the knobs on the center cabinet and the tall cabinet. I photo shopped the cabinets and put them where he like them.

Now as a general discussion, which do you prefer?

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So, what do you guys prefer, and maybe state why if you feel in the mood to type.

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I like cabinetman's suggestion.






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I think Cabinetman is a bit biased in his opinion

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I would have put them on the other side of the doors. Make them work for it to get the door open.
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I like Leo's placement. It mkes it easier to get the door open without reaching for it.
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Leo's for kid's use. Cabinetman's for adults.
Aesthetically, I like Cabinetman's.
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i think....

I personally think that they all need to have the same spacing. In the existing photo, the one on the tall cabinet to right of the sink, should be lowered to match the spacing on the other doors. JMO

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Is none of the above a choice?

The high ones are too high and the low one are too low. Somewhere around 8" to 10 " from the bottom. The low ones look like they slid down too far, the high ones look like they're awkward to reach and too high for children. Somewhere in between bill

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Master bath in the parents bedroom. No kids allowed.

The large door's knob is 10" from the bottom of the door. So that blows that theory Woodthings.

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I usually line up knobs on doors with the beveled edge of the raised panel. This puts them just over 3" off the bottom of the door. If handles, I put the bottom of the handle even with the bevel. I don't think I like the photoshop version with the knobs half way up. BTW, I always show the customer where I suggest they should go before drilling a hole.
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I do almost the same thing except I line mine up with the shoulder on the rail bead.

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In many automobile reviews of yore the expression, "The controls are at hand." was used.

Cabinet knobs should be placed "at hand". Where does the hand want to grab the handle? Well that's where the knobs should be.

Use the right tool for the job.

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And that is where I placed them. Howboutdat.

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Aaaah Just ditch the knobs and use

Push to open mag latches. End of discussion. bill

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I don't like a cabinet with no knobs/handles. Looks like something is missing.

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My first opinion was to raise the right knob in the existing version to the same level as the left knob, but now I realize that their probably already are and it's the difference in depth that makes the left appear higher. The Greeks would have changed the proportions to make it appear in-line.
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I usually line up knobs on doors with the beveled edge of the raised panel. This puts them just over 3" off the bottom of the door. If handles, I put the bottom of the handle even with the bevel. I don't think I like the photoshop version with the knobs half way up. BTW, I always show the customer where I suggest they should go before drilling a hole.
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Nice kitchen, very much my taste. I also like the knob placement aligning with the beveled edge of the raised panel. Just don't tell Leo as I hear he wears the hat around here, as I'm still a little new to the board
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BTW, I always show the customer where I suggest they should go before drilling a hole.
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Knob placement may not always be where the fabricator thinks it should go, or where it makes most sense. When designers and wives have a say so, ultimately that decision doesn't have to make sense. Suggestions can be made, but in the end its up to who pays the bill.

Here is one of those times that the decision was hashed out between the designer and the client.
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Those are mighty deep drawers.
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Knob placement may not always be where the fabricator thinks it should go, or where it makes most sense. When designers and wives have a say so, ultimately that decision doesn't have to make sense. Suggestions can be made, but in the end its up to who pays the bill.

Here is one of those times that the decision was hashed out between the designer and the client.
He/She who writes the check has choice of knob placement. The placement may look ugly but the check in the bank always looks lovely.

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