Kitchen handle typesAs long as you’re not having a handless kitchen installed then choosing the kitchen handles for your kitchen doors could take you a little longer than you thought, as the choices available are mind blowing!

Two key considerations to initially make are the kitchen handle style and the material that you would like the handle making from.

You’ll then need to think about handle widths and also consider the kitchen handles needed for tall units, as you can get some pretty tall ones that can aid in opening the door should you have a tall unit with just the one full height door on it.

Handle style

The main kitchen handle styles available to you are:

  • Boss Bar
  • Cup/Pull
  • Drop
  • Square knob
  • Bar
  • Bow/Bridge
  • D Style
  • T Style
  • Round knob

 Materials Available

Some of the most popular materials available are:

  • Aluminium effect
  • Antique brass
  • Antique bronze
  • Cast iron
  • Chrome
  • Ebony effect
  • Polished Brass
  • Pewter Effect
  • Porcelain
  • Satin Nickel
  • Solid Pewter
  • Stainless Steel effect
  • Wood

The right handle to suit your kitchen

Depending on your style of kitchen, you may opt to go for a modern looking Altino kitchen with a square kitchen handle, or if you are opting for a more tradition look to your kitchen like a croft washed oak, then a Pewter D Handle would suit better.

Our kitchen handles range from around 53p each right up to £28 for the more elegant 352mm Pewter Oval Bar handles. If you’re not sure on the handle width, then you’ll be pleased to know that our handles range from around 10cms wide right up to 1.2 metres!

What does stainless steel effect mean?

A popular question people tend to ask is “what does stainless steel effect mean? Are they made of an aluminium alloy, or plastic, or something else?”

Well, the answer is they are usually made from a material called Zamac and then coated in stainless steel to give the effect of a stainless steel finish.

You can see our range of kitchen handles here.

18 thoughts on “Types of kitchen handles”
  • Ginnie says:

    Hi, do we have to order handles via DIY Kitchens or could we order them elsewhere? Thank you!

    January 26, 2022 at 9:50 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, you can order your handles from anywhere. Our units are supplied fully assembled but handles are the one thing that you need to install on site, when the kitchen is in position and fitted.

      January 26, 2022 at 10:06 am
  • Jim says:

    Hi, I’m just about to order our kitchen with you. I just wondered, do the cabinates come supplied with the handles on or do we drill the holes ourselves?

    February 6, 2020 at 10:28 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Jim, the handles are to be fitted and holes drilled on site by your kitchen fitter. This will be last thing to put on, once all the doors have been lined up.

      February 6, 2020 at 10:29 am
  • Eva says:

    If we order the handles and kitchen at the same time, are the handles fitted prior to delivery, please ?

    October 4, 2019 at 11:39 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Eva, we do not fit handles i’m afraid. This needs to be done onsite, and will be the last thing that you do, once all the doors have been aligned.

      October 7, 2019 at 9:37 am
  • Pamela M says:

    hi we have just bought the chrome cup handles and our fitter was querying the fitting as the screws are too long. Also I need to be able to confirm to him that they are meant to be flush to the drawer!


    February 13, 2018 at 11:40 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, if you give our Aftersales team a quick call on 01977 608 418 then they will be able to assist you with the question regarding the handles.

      February 13, 2018 at 11:50 am
  • Pamela M says:

    Hi we have bought the chrome cup handles for a stanbury white shaker kitchen. Our fitter is asking about the length of the screws as they appear too long for cutting down.
    any advice?

    February 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the screws which are sent out are made to be cut down, as each door has a different thickness.

      February 14, 2018 at 10:50 am
  • Chris says:

    We have installed a kitchen with the shaker style Broadoak Alabaster units. We are going to fit bar handles, but I just wanted some advice on handle locations.

    The doors and drawer fronts are made up of a panel and frame type construction. Would you put the handles centred in width the frame for the doors? Or a fixed (50mm?) distance from the edge? Similarly for the drawers; would it be normal to centre the handle in the top frame of the drawer (which is different for the larger pan drawers), or a fixed distance from the top?

    Obviously, if we did not have shaker style frame and panel units, I would just come in a fixed distance from the edge, but I was not sure of the best procedure for the shaker style doors.


    December 11, 2015 at 9:05 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      Personally I would put the handles centrally on the frame and also fit them onto the frame on the drawers as the centre panel isn’t thick enough, this is all down to personal preference though.

      December 11, 2015 at 10:20 am
      • Chris says:

        Great. Thanks for the advice. What about the distance from the bittom/top of the doors? Central with the horizontal frame, or aligned with the inside edge if the frame? Thanks!

        December 11, 2015 at 10:27 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:


        I would have them central with the horizontal frame.

        December 11, 2015 at 11:24 am
  • Marc Simmonds says:

    We really like the Luca Gloss Sage kitchen but we don’t want handleless doors, can you supply the Luca Gloss Sage as a standard door without the handleless rim on the edges?
    Thank you

    August 31, 2015 at 10:01 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, sorry but the Luca is the only gloss range with the Sage colour in it and we are unable to supply the doors without the handless J profile.

      September 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm
  • NJS says:

    Do you have a handle-fitting service at all?

    August 26, 2015 at 3:23 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, unfortunately, we do not have a handle fitting service. The handles will be the last thing you or your kitchen fitter puts on the doors, once your kitchen is in place, all the handles can be lined up and drilled together.

      August 27, 2015 at 8:56 am
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