I promised professionally installed, whatever they chose hardware, totally paid for by me.
They still said no. No holes allowed in the cabinets, period. Such is life in a rental.
Undaunted, I found an alternative. A company called EZ Slide Cabinet Hardware makes handles that slide on, and through tension, stay on.
I’m glad I have them. But there are pros and cons.
- No measuring or drilling required.
- Keeps oily, flour filled, messy hands off the wood and on the easily cleanable handles.
- You can be creative. Off center, on the bottom, on the side, up high. Doesn’t matter because you can change it or remove it anytime.
- Totally removable, leaving no trace.
- Can be purchased in bulk for a better deal (a bag of 30 costs $2 a piece)
- I bought the cheaper plastic ones. They look cheap and plastic.
- They aren’t cheap. $3 for a plastic one, $8 for a metal one, or 30 for $60.
- Two out of 30 broke while first putting them on. Good thing I only needed 28.
- Over time the tension loosens and they aren’t as tight. They pull off more easily and often accidentally.
While I prefer the tactile experience of metal over plastic, given my choices, touching a cleanable plastic handle over the cabinets directly was the next best thing. I wouldn’t buy these to make a kitchen look more expensive or to stage a home. They are practical for a messy cook, which I am.
The handles come in white, black, bronze or gray plastic as well as various metals. I chose the “bronze” – a fancy word for dark brown. I thought it would look the least plastic of all the plastics with the golden oak cabinets. How did I do?
Home Depot also carries the EZ slide cabinet handles, but the bulk option is only through their website.