Using Glass and Crystal Cabinet Knobs in Kitchens and Baths

Glass cabinet knobs are a great way to add vibrancy and color to any room in your home. Glass knobs, in their many styles, were one of the first items to be produced in America during the nineteenth century. Originally the production of glass cabinet hardware required extensive manual labor as each knob needed to be cut, sanded and finally polished. With the invention of the glass press machine these knobs could be mass produced and quickly replaced the traditional cast and stamped metal hardware in the United States.

Glass cabinet knobs are timeless and welcome addition to any home. These design elements exemplify simplicity and beauty. Glass cabinet knobs come in a wide variety of designs and colors and can be incorporated easily into many architectural styles. From classic Victorian pressed glass patterns to Art Deco and Modern designs, glass knobs are a versatile way to redecorate.

Many glass cabinet knob designs are produced today and this allows you to incorporate their patterns into your kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and more. These glass knobs can transform a boring home into a showplace – but be sure to follow a few simple steps. First, use glass knobs and pulls throughout your for a more unified theme. Second, replace older and worn down furniture knobs with traditional glass knob styles. Note: The use of glass knobs will tie the look together for you. You can also incorporate glass into other areas of your home such as the lighting and doorknobs to further unify your theme. Use decorating magazines or ask an interior designer or other design expert for additional help if needed. By using glass knobs through the entire house you can vary the color or design – you do not need to use the same knob on cabinets, furniture, or drawers.

Glass Cabinet Hardware Shapes – What Design to Choose For the Home

Basic Overview

Not all cabinet knobs are the same – just walking around a local hardware store or searching online will provide the average homeowner with thousands of options to choose from. The best way to begin any search for new cabinet hardware is selecting a material and narrowing down options from that point. Although this will eliminate many unwanted options, it will still have a wide selection available. This article will provide a brief overview of popular shapes and designs available in glass hardware.

The Simple Hexagon (Hexagonal)

The six sided hexagonal knob is perhaps the most basic style and a great option for almost any application. It is an easy to grip six sided style that is available in a wide selection of colors and sizes. The available size option is an important feature because not all cabinets and/or drawers require the same size knob. A standard cabinet or drawer will utilize a 1 ¼ -1 ½ inch knob while a smaller door or drawer could use a 1 inch. Matching pulls are available.

NOTE: These knobs are measured point to point at the widest point of the knob NOT across the face of the knob. If you are attempting to match older hardware sizes with new hardware, keep this point in mind.

The Decorative Decagon

Slightly fancier but still just as wonderful an option the decagon knob is a ten sided design that will provide a slightly more “fluted” glass design. This is especially popular to coordinate with ornate glass doorknobs (especially Victorian style hardware). These knobs are available in a variety of colors as well but are typically offered in only one size. Matching pulls are available.

The Modern Octagon

The octagon glass knob is a classic design that provides a clean look to cabinets and drawers. This eight sided knob comes in two sizes (1 inch and 1 3/8 inches) and offers a limited selection of colors. The advantage of this style of knob is the bolt screws in from behind (the inside of the cabinet) as opposed to a bolt going through the front of the knob and being visible. Octagon glass cabinet knobs and pulls come in several base finishes ranging from Polished Brass to Oil Rubbed Bronze. Matching pulls are available.

Architectural Styles

Branching out and using unusual shapes is a great way to attract extra attention to any kitchen, bathroom or bedroom cabinets and furniture but these styles are typically limited to one size (which varies depending on style) and one color (clear). These styles include swirled glass patters, art deco shapes, nautical themes, floral designs, pumpkin patterns, diamond cut and a variety more. Coordinating pulls are typically not available for these designs.

How to Choose the “Right” Style

Draw from inspiration around the room and use it as a starting point. Glass cabinet hardware can be used to subtly enhance an existing theme, provide accent color or even create a focal point on its own.

Work With Your Existing Pieces:
Example: If your room is decorated with antique Victorian furniture a contemporary knob may look out of place.

Use Color to Your Advantage!
Example: If your room is dominantly white with blue accent hues try introducing blue cabinet knobs and pulls to add to the theme.

No Exact Style?
Example: An eclectic design may be hard to match so using a basic hexagonal or octagon knob can blend in well with many architectural styles – basic patterns will enhance the room rather than fight against it.