How to Choose the Right Handles for Your Kitchen

The cabinets are almost done, but a few finishing touches are left. They can be finished in various ways; for example, you could use contemporary or traditional handles. 

The style of handles usually helps define the personality and style of a room. However, it’s hard for people to know which handles will complement their cabinets, so we’ve included this guide to make it easier.

1. Traditional Handles

The first type of handles people think of are the ones that are not only the most traditional but have generally been around the longest. These would be the plain, shaped, and simple handles. They are smooth and simple looking, which many people prefer, as they look elegant but not too showy.

2. Contemporary Handles

The next style of handles is more modern. They are grooved and slightly curved and usually have a wider grip than traditional handles. They are usually made of metal instead of wood and are often made of Zamac, a zinc or aluminium and magnesium mixture. 

These handles are generally better suited for kitchen cabinets as they are more sturdy and can handle the wear and tear that kitchen cabinets are subject to.

3. Handles for Laundry Room Cabinets

Due to the nature of what a laundry room is used for, it requires a slightly different type of handle. These are usually made of hard plastic and are designed to be more durable and easily cleaned. They are usually designed in other ways to match the rest of the laundry room’s layout.

4. Handles for Kitchen Cabinets

For kitchen cabinets, you will want to choose a suited handle, as well. These are usually made of more durable material and are designed to take a lot of abuse. They are often made from stainless steel, which is more durable and can withstand heat.

5. Hardware for Utility Room Cabinets

Utility room cabinets are also subject to specific stresses and wear and tear, used for washing and cleaning. Because of this, the handles are generally made from plastic, which is more robust and more durable. 

They are generally made from polypropylene, which is a material that is difficult to break and can easily be cleaned and sterilised.

6. Handles for Bathroom Cabinets

You will also want to look at handles for bathroom cabinets. These are different both due to their location and function. You will want to be sure the cabinets you choose will be resistant to moisture, as bathrooms can get pretty damp and humid. 

For this reason, you will want to select a bathroom handle made from a different material, such as polypropylene, that is very durable and can be easily cleaned.

7. Handles for Laundry Room Cabinets

The last style of handles for laundry room cabinets is for those designed to be more durable. 

These are usually made from hard plastic and are designed to stand up to the grease and grime of a laundry room. They are used in kitchens and are subject to wear and tear as kitchen cabinets.


Like most things in a home, handles can be a matter of personal taste. However, they are essential to consider when designing and choosing a cabinet. This helps make the most of a room, and as we’ve mentioned before, people want to make the most of their space.

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Aaron Rekman is the owner of Azztek Kitchens in Mandurah and has over 20 years experience in kitchen design, manufacturing, kitchen installation, home renovation and the building industry. Do you have a question for Aaron? Contact Azztek Kitchens today.