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You might be tempted to purchase substandard kitchen cabinet handles and other types of hardware. After all, you are spending a lot of money remodeling your kitchen, isn't this a place you can save a few bucks?
There are lots of places online and many different large retailers that offer discounted cabinet hardware. But even though this hardware may look pretty on your computer or in a catalogue, it might not be the same once you open the delivered box. Also, you may find that over time you aren't satisfied with how your hardware looks. All products look great when first installed, but the mark of a quality-made cabinet knob is how it looks years later.
By shopping at a showroom like those offered by Armstrong, you can see exactly what you are purchasing before you buy it. You can see how a particular design will look like on a variety of cabinet choices and you can talk to certified kitchen experts about the best material you can get for your money as well as your lifestyle. You can also discuss cabinet hardware warranties so you know exactly what you are getting for your money.
When you visit an Armstrong showroom (you can locate one at Armstrong.com), don't be afraid to test out hardware. Consider the function of a cabinet knob and how it feels in your hand when you use it. Make sure it doesn't feel slippery or awkward when you grab it. Also, if you have small kids or senior adults in your home, consider how it will feel to them. The best looking cabinet hardware isn't a good buy unless you can test it and know it not only fits your personality but your hands as well.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|