HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HANDLES - tutorial

 
How to measure for replacement handles and mounting screws.
 
 
99% of the time you will be dealing with a measurement on the quarter ...
Meaning the measurement will be
3" - 3.25" - 3.5" - 3.75"
3 inches - 3 1/4 inches - 3 1/2 inches - 3 3/4 inches and so on
 
A quarter of an inch is easy to misread so double checking is always wise
and measuring with a tape from the 1 inch mark is best.
 

This handle above has a 4 inch center to center mounting.
 
 
Now to the screw length ...
 
If you have picked a simple flush mounted handle you simple measure the drawer or door thickness
and add a quarter inch.
 
Flush mounting means the handle sits flat on the surface like the ones shown below.

 
If you pick a handle with a collar that goes part way into the drawer or door
 
 
you have to compensate for that length as seen below.
 
 
THINGS TO NOTE:
 
It is better to keep mounting screws with the furniture they came on than to remove them
and keep with the hardware because they already match the thickness of the wood.
 
Most hardware has the same thread pattern for mounting screws. Every so often
you will come across an antique piece with a smaller thread. These screws should be kept
with the hardware.
 
Your local home improvement store offers inexpensive mounting screws.
These are usually cutable to several different lengths.

I also offer a tutorial on How to fill hardware holes here
and a tutorial on installing your hardware here
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3 comments:

  1. All I know is my handles have more space between them then they used too and I would love a cute little pair of new ones.

    Bliss

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  2. Very good advice. Something so simple often confounds me!

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