FAQ / Glossary
You are ready to start making your Wishlist! For every part, you will see an “Add to Wishlist” button. This button will both add the part to your Wishlist as well as bring you to your Wishlist so that you can add a comment about it.
The comment section is a good place to write notes such as “For the Kitchen” or “Maybe a match for the bathroom.” As you are looking around the site and find something you like, don’t hesitate to add it to your Wishlist – you can always delete it later. No one will see your Wishlist until you are ready to share it.
Choosing decorative hardware can be a daunting task, but we have a couple of tools to help you in your search.
Look for the categories under “Narrow Search” to help. This tool works by filtering out the possibilities until the number of choices become much more manageable.
Start with any restrictions your vendor gave you like center to center distance, manufacturer and/or collection. From there you can pick a generic finish color and then maybe narrow it down to a specific finish you prefer.
The answer is that they are most likely not made from stainless steel at all. They are only made to look like it. The “stainless steel” refers to the finish, not the actual material they are made of.
When you are looking at a product’s specific page, look in the related products section for items from the same collection and finish.
Otherwise make note of the collection name of the part you like and then enter the collection name in the search bar. From there you can use the “Narrow Search” tools to view other matching hardware.
There are some hardware pieces that are exclusive to certain big box stores that unfortunately we can’t get. With over 20,000 items to choose from, we often we have something very similar from a different manufacturer.
The prices listed are manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). They are for reference only.
Not always. Believe it or not, there are some knobs designs that use two screws instead of one and therefore have a center to center specification. And there isn’t a hard and fast definition of what is a pull and what is a knob – that is up to the manufacturer.
You can look at escutcheons here that will get you from 3 inches to 96mm. Regular backplates can also be used to cover the existing holes. Otherwise there are some pulls that are designed with multiple center to center hole spacings. Find those here. Finally, there is pulls like these that might hide the old holes.
These are simply plates that are mounted underneath a knob or pull that add to the look of the hardware. They are generally not required, but can definitely enhance certain styles.
This refers to the hole spacing between screws for a pull. This is a very import feature as it defines how the cabinet doors/drawers need to be drilled for the hardware. If you are looking for hardware for doors/drawers that have existing holes for hardware, then you must know this spacing dimension and pick hardware that matches. WARNING!! Measure this dimension very carefully and choose hardware that matches exactly, because close enough usually isn’t.
This is a range of center to center dimensions that can help you narrow down your choices. 3 inch, 96mm and 128mm are the most common center to center dimensions and therefore the most likely in stock and least expensive. Remember that if you are choosing hardware for doors/drawers that are already drilled, only choose hardware that matches your specific center to center dimension.
Generic Center to Center:
Manufacturers release hardware with common styling in groups called collections. These groups typically have a couple different pulls and knobs and would commonly come in a number of finishes. So if you found a certain pull that you liked, you might search for the knob, hook, or bathroom accessory from the same collection and finish to go with it.
A small plate used when a door is already drilled for a center to center distance that is different then the desired pull. Typically used to convert 3 inch center to center to a 96mm.
- Oil Rubbed Bronze from two different manufacturers
This is the term that the manufacturer uses to describe the color of the hardware. This term may or may not refer to the actual material that the hardware is constructed from, ie. a pull with a stainless steel finish is likely not made from stainless steel, it is just made to look like stainless steel. There is also no uniformity across manufactures about what a finish may look like. So one manufacturer’s “Oil Rubbed Bronze” is another’s “Venetian Bronze” and another’s “Oiled Bronze”. Also one manufacturer’s “Oil Rubbed Bronze” may not look exactly like another’s “Oil Rubbed Bronze.”
This is our attempt to categorize hardware finishes under general color descriptions. For example, you might like the look of pewter and choose it for a generic finish to narrow your search. This would result in hardware finishes that include “Pewter Light”, “Antique Pewter”, “Vibra Pewter”, “Graphite”, and “Brushed Satin Pewter” to name a few.
How far a hardware piece extends from the surface it is mounted to.