How to choose and install the best furniture fittings the right way?

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How do you distinguish between a good and a poor item? Your first thought would be its design, look, and feel. But, there is a lot more to items than their external look. Firstly, building material plays a key role in determining its durability. Secondly, hardware or fittings are extremely important for the strength and functionality of the furniture.

Generally, in order to cut down the overall budget, the users sideline the hardware. However, this is where things go wrong.

It must be understood that without good fittings, a piece of furniture, no matter how precisely made, will not last long.

 

If you want to buy top-quality fittings from the best brands, click on the link given below to check your options and submit your inquiries:

Furniture fittings & hardware

For more details, contact below:

Email: mukul.jain@buildingandinteriors.com

Mobile: +91 99676 32127

 

What are fittings and hardware?

fittings are the foundation of any piece of furniture. With their unlimited permutations and combinations, they fundamentally give aesthetic diversity and convenience, resulting in stylish and innovative furniture. Also, hardware refers to the sliding rails, hinges, couch legs, lifters, backrests, springs, gun nails, foot codes, connections, activities, fastenings, baskets, and embellishments that are used on furniture. It’s also referred to as assembly.

 

Common fittings and hardware

Every hardware item plays an important part. One cannot be substituted with another. Moreover, you cannot skip the installation of any hardware item, no matter how small and insignificant it might seem to you. In fact, the smallest fittings are usually the most essential to hold the entire model together. Therefore, let us understand some common hardware items and hardware systems.

 

Types of Fittings

 

Screws- Fastener

The screws are the most widely used hardware items for woodwork. Also, they are used to assemble the individual wooden pieces together to shape an item of furniture.

Screws and Fasteners
Fasteners or Screws are essential hardware items and fittings.
Benefits of screws:
  1. Screws or fasteners are best to hold things where expansion and contraction of wood take place. Also, the screws set in the screw slot and their grip remains unaffected by atmospheric changes.
  2. It is easier to dissemble screwed items than glued ones. Also, using glue makes detaching almost impossible without causing potential damage.
  3. They assemble cabinets, cabinets, living cases, bed frames, etc. feasibly and quickly.
  4. You can use decorative screws to add to the aesthetics of the furniture.

 

Types of Screws or Fasteners

 

Screws and its types in furniture fittings
There are many types of screws for different needs.

 

  1. Standard wood screws: Designed to combine two wooden pieces together. Also, they have a smooth top shank to hold the screw in place. They are affordable and versatile.
  2. Drywall screws: Their shanks are thinner and cheaper than wood screws. However, we don’t recommend them for heavy-duty items as they are prone to snapping.
  3. Multi-purpose screws: These types of screws or fasteners are made with hardened steel. These screws do not break or snap. Moreover, they do not need pilot holes as they come with self-drilling points.
  4. Deck screws: Coated with corrosion-resistant substances, the deck screws are ideal for outdoor items and other outdoor projects.
  5. Stainless steel screw: They are even more corrosion-resistant than deck screws. However, they are not as strong as the latter. These types of screws are extremely expensive too.
  6. Pocket screws: These self-drilling screws have a wide head. Also, they are preferred to wood screws as the latter might split the wood or drive all the way through. On the contrary, the pocket screws are easy to seat on the surface.
  7. Sheet metal screws: They are used for metal surfaces. Their sharp point pierces and drives smoothly into the sheet metal.

 

Hinges

Cabinet hardware hinges are crucial for the functionality of cabinets and other storage systems. The choice of hinges mostly depends on the cabinet door and face frame. Also, there are two main types of cabinets- face-frame and frameless cabinets. You must choose the right type of hinges for the best functionality.

 

Furniture fittings Hinges
The Hinges are important fittings and hardware items.

 

Types of Hinges:

 

 

  1. Concealed Hinges: They are not visible from the outside of the cabinet.
  2. Semi-concealed Hinges: These types of hinges are partly visible from the outside. Also, there are many decorative hinges that come with a ball or finial tip.
  3. Exposed Hinges: These hinges are completely visible when the are closed.
  4. European Hinges: The concealed hinges go well with face-frame cabinets.
  5. Surface-mount Hinges: A mortise or hole is not needed for these kinds of hinges. It can be easily mounted to the surface.
  6. Mortised Hinges or Butt Hinges: They require mortise cutting to fit the hinge leaves. Also, they are mostly used for steel doors.
  7. No-mortise Hinges: These types of hinges are directly screwed to the cabinet and the door.
  8. Wraparound Hinges: The leaves of these hinges wrap around the edge of the cabinet or the door. Also, they partially or fully wrap around the face frame.
  9. Self-opening and self-closing Hinges: These hinges are activated by a push and pull to shut or open the and cabinets.
  10. Soft-close Hinges: The special mechanism of soft-close hinges activates when the door is within a few inches of close position and shuts it gently and soundlessly.

 

Handles and pulls

Furniture cabinet handles and knobs in furniture fittings
Modular handles and knobs come in many shapes and designs.

 

The handle is one of the most aesthetic hardware items. Also, it is used to open the cabinet doors, doors, main gates, drawers, etc. A handle is manufactured to operate the doors.

 

Types of Handles
Based on Material
  1. Stainless steel handles
  2. Brass handles
  3. Zinc Alloy handles
  4. Glass handles
  5. Ceramic handles, etc.

 

On the basis of operation and shape

Traditional bar handles

These are basic metal handles used vertically or horizontally with and cabinets.

 

Bar handles hardware fittings
Bar Handles for cabinet furniture.

 

Recessed pulls

They are utilitarian door pulls for high-use and cabinets. These pulls do not stick out. Therefore, they are harmless and child-proof as well. If you want to have a professional look, these are ideal door pulls. They work well with stained wood, metal, glass, and bypass doors.

 

Recessed pulls
Recessed pulls for designer cabinets.

 

Ideal dimensions for pull-to-drawers:

Small drawers (12 inches): These work best with a 3-4 inches long pull.

Medium drawers (12-30 inches): 4-8 inches long pulls are ideal for medium drawers.

Large drawers (30-48 inches): These drawers work best with two pulls.

 

C or J-Channel metal rail pulls

These pulls are a minimalistic element to add to your modular cabinets. Also, they run the full length of the drawers and door designs. This cabinet hardware can be painted according to the colour of the cabinets as well. However, dust and spills often get caught in the channels.

 

Metal Rails
Metal rails are ideal hardware items for cabinets and drawers.

 

Integrated wood pulls

To create a purist, seamless look, use integrated wood pulls. They do not infiltrate the wood face. These pulls go best with minimalistic kitchens.

 

Integrated wood pulls
Integrated wood pulls are ideal for minimalistic furniture.

 

Touch latches

If you are looking for something extremely minimalistic and unseeable, go for hidden touch latches. Unlike other handles and pulls, they are completely hidden from view. So, just a simple touch allows smooth opening and closing of the cabinet doors.

 

Touch Drawers
Touch latches for cabinets are seamless and minimalistic.

 

Drawer slides

The drawer slides play an important functional role. Also, a good modular should have smooth drawers that glide swiftly without getting stuck or screeching. In addition to offering a smooth gliding movement, the drawer slides should make the drawers sturdy and durable.

 

Furniture hardware items for drawers
Drawers and their types for modular kitchens.

 

Types of drawer slides
Drawer fittings on the basis of mounting

 

Drawer Slides furniture hardware
Under-mount and side-mount drawer slides

 

  1. Center mount slides

These slides are mounted under the drawers. They are ideal for drawers that do not need to carry a heavy, dynamic load.

  1. Side mount slides

The slides mount to either side of the drawers or face-frame cabinets. They come with a ball-bearing mechanism.

 

Drawer fittings on the basis of the sliding mechanism

 

  1. Ball-bearing drawer slides

The ball-bearing drawer slides come in a wide range of configurations and sizes. They can be customized according to the storage weight and length of the drawer. They have groves to hold the telescopic parts of the slide. These slides can easily carry up to 45-50kg. Therefore, they are used in drawers that carry heavy weight.

  1. Soft-close drawer slides

The traditional wooden slides used to make a lot of noise while opening and closing. This was somewhat reduced by metal slides. However, only after the introduction of soft-close drawer slides did this problem completely disappear. These drawer slides run smoothly and offer a full extension to the drawers. The hydraulic dampening stops the drawers from slamming. This not only reduces the noise but also protects the drawers from damage.

 

How to choose the right fittings?

Now that you know about the different types of hardware and their applications, you must also understand how to choose them wisely. For instance, a wraparound hinge is a good type of hinge, but is it ideal hardware for your furniture?

So, find out what all to consider before choosing the right fittings:

 

Check the functionality of the hardware

For a modular kitchen, functionality plays an equally important role in its and aesthetics. Therefore, the fittings of modular cabinets should be easily operational. So, choose the hinges, latches, screws, and sliders that offer smooth and quick working. Your fittings should be durable and reliable. They should solve the needs of the user.

  • Use handles and pulls for drawers and knobs for smaller shelves.
  • Antimicrobial hardware items enhance the functionality of the as they make it safe from infection.
  • Use lift-up hinges and horizontal pulls for drawers placed on higher heights. This not only makes it easier to open such drawers but also enhances space efficiency.

 

Lift-up drawer hinges
Lift-up drawer hinges are ideal for high drawer fittings.

 

Check the fittings material

As discussed previously, the furniture and hardware materials should be complementary to each other. They must be such that they enhance each other’s productivity and longevity. Also, for modular cabinets and furniture, use water-resistant and fire-resistant materials. For minimalistic modular design, pick the materials that match the colour scheme of your for a seamless effect.

 

Check the combination of the with the fittings

Moreover, you must also consider the aesthetical needs of your kitchen. For example, use a hidden touch latch, soft-close concealed hinges, and seamless screws for a minimalistic modular kitchen.

A square cabinet design, like a ‘shaker’, can have hardware with round edges with a square contour design.

For a curved cabinet design, use recessed pulls. In fact, if you have pets and kids, a cabinet with curved edges and recessed pulls is the ideal model for you.

 

  • Modern look: Long and short tubular pulls

 

Tubular Pulls for Modern Modular Kitchen Cabinets
Tubular Pulls for Modern Modular Cabinets.

 

  • Contemporary look: Flat bar

 

Flat Pulls for Contemporary Modular Kitchen Cabinets
Flat Pulls for Contemporary Modular Cabinets.

 

  • Traditional look: Wire pull

 

Wire Pulls for Traditional Modular Kitchens
Wire Pulls for Traditional Modular Kitchens.

 

  • Vintage look: Exposed screws

 

Exposed Screws of Vintage cabinets
Exposed Screws of Vintage Cabinets.

 

  • Minimalistic look: Hidden touch latch

 

furniture hardware for minimalist kitchen
Seamless Hardware for Minimalist Kitchen.

 

There are many hardware brands in India that sell good-quality fittings. Also, they also manufacture innovative, award-winning hardware items that redefine the sector time and again.

 

Top Hardware Companies and Brands in India

 

Hafele

 

Hafele Drawer System
Hafele Innovative Drawer Systems

 

The brand manufactures a beautiful assortment of hardware. Hafele uses modern technologies to develop innovative fittings. The brand makes more than 4000 hardware items. Also, Hafele’s handles, knobs, hinges, locks, and flap fittings come with latest features to give maximum functionality to the furniture. Moreover, Hafele manufactures excellent drawer systems, sliding solutions, drawer and cabinet runners.

 

Blum

 

blum movento runner system for cabinets and shelves
The Blum MOVENTO runner system for cabinets and shelves with Soft-open/close technology.

 

Blum uses the most advanced, innovative technologies to manufacture its hardware. Also, Hafele is the official marketer of Blum in India. The Tandem drawer systems use BLUMOTION that allows super soft-closing.

 

Godrej

 

Godrej drawer boxes
The Godrej modular fittings use cutting-edge technology.

 

The brand started working in 1897. Today, after over a century, Godrej is acing the fittings market. It has pioneered locked solutions among several other high-quality hardware items. Also, Godrej’s ERGO boxes, Soft Pro drawer system, smart drawer channels, soft-close hinges, and other accessories are top-notch and suitable for modern furniture.

 

Sugatsune 

 

lamp furniture fittings hinges
Sugastsune manufactures high-quality hinges.

 

Sugatsune manufactures innovative hardware for LAMP. Also, the company makes premium-quality dampers, handles, knobs, latches, pulls, drawer slides, etc. using its revolutionary Lapcon technology. ’s Monoflat Lix-X heavy-duty hinges are ideal for cabinets that need to carry heavy loads.

 

Grass

 

Grass Nova Pro Scala Drawer Systems
Nova Pro Scala Drawer fittings and systems by Grass.

 

Another revolutionary hardware brand in India, Grass manufactures high-quality hinge systems. Additionally, the brand’s drawer systems such as Nova Pro Scala drawer systems, Vionaro cubist drawer systems, etc. are ideal for a minimalistic modular kitchen.

 

Hettich

 

Hettich wingline L door system
Wingline L door system by Hettich glides smoothly.

 

For the most innovative hardware items, go for Hettich fittings. The flexible and multi-functional hardware adds great value to the furniture. Also, the Sensys hinges, Onsys fast assembly hinges, ProLock luxury handles, and AvanTech YOU drawer system are some of the latest additions to the list of hardware systems by Hettich.

The top hardware companies and brands in India give the best hardware fittings. However, if you want to know about the most innovative and futuristic hardware items, you must visit the international exhibitions for fittings. Also, these exhibitions present the never-seen-before hardware products that totally revolutionize the hardware industry.

 

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Hafele Kraby Friction Lift Up System

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Hettich Obsidian Black Sensys 8645i Hinge

hettich Obsidian Black Sensys 8645i Hinge

 

Grass Tipmatic Soft-close Fitting and Hardware

Tipmatic Soft-close furniture fittings and hardware

 

Blum MERIVOBOX Box System

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Hettich Quadro V6/550 mm Silent with Catch drawer runners

Hettich Quadro V6/550 mm Silent with Catch

 

Sugatsune 3-Way Adjustable Concealed Hinge

sugatsune 3 way hinges

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Godrej Regular Gas Spring Fitting

godrej Regular Gas Spring

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Sugatsune Multiple Motion Door Systems

MULTIPLE MOTION DOOR SYSTEM

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Hafele Autoslide sliding system

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Ozone Concealed Door Closer Fitting

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Popular fittings and hardware exhibitions

  • SICAM organized in Italy is one of the biggest hardware trade fairs in the world. More than 100 countries participate in the fair. You will get the latest and most innovative fittings at SICAM.
  • Interzum Guangzhou and Interzum Germany are other major exhibitions for hardware. The event is one of the most popular hardware in Asia. All the leading brands their most innovative products here.

 

Tips for fittings installation

  • Using shock blocks in drawer systems reduces the pressure and vibration on the while operating the drawers.
  • The drawers must be manufactured precisely with the right dimensions for the fittings to fix and mount properly.
  • To avoid rusting and moisture damage in hinges, use rust-resistant stainless-steel hinges for outdoor and furniture.
  • If you have to install a hinge across the complete vertical length of the door, choose a piano or continuous hinge.
  • The stainless-steel coating on the screws causes the bolt and nuts to weld together. Therefore, to avoid it, the carpenters should use galling-resistant lubricants before installation.
  • Avoid using aluminum and stainless steel together as they cause a transfer of electrons. As a result, galvanic corrosion takes place which hampers the quality of the furniture.
  • Do not over-tighten the screws. It’s one of the most common mistakes made by carpenters. In order to fix the pieces firmly, the craftsmen use too much pressure and over-tighten the screws. This not only damages the threads but also weakens the over time.
  • The ideal cabinet handles and pulls are 1/3rd the size of the cabinet’s width.

 

Conclusion

You should choose the hardware items wisely and install them precisely. All the fitting components come in a wide range of categories. Select the best hinges, handles, screws, and slides to build an ideal item for homes and offices. In addition to that, buy the hardware from reputed brands to offer the desired durability, strength, and functionality to your furniture.

Understand the needs of the user and the to choose the most suitable component. Know the basic tips and tricks of hardware installation. These techniques will help you avoid any mistakes while building a model.

 

If you want to buy top-quality fittings from the best brands, click on the link given below to check your options and submit your inquiries:

Furniture fittings & hardware

For more details, contact below:

Email: mukul.jain@buildingandinteriors.com

Mobile: +91 99676 32127

 

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