So, you want to know when you should replace your hardware. Well, the first question we should ask is, is it broken? All hardware wears out differently, depending on how well it was made and how it has been handled. Knowing this, it is hard to give everyone the same answer. For a more detailed explanation on when to replace your hardware, keep on reading.
Damaged Hardware – Obviously, you’ll want to replace any hardware that is damaged. Keep in mind that hardware used on cabinets, drawers, and pantries is likely to wear out faster than hardware on stationary furniture. The more often the hardware is touched or moved, obviously, the faster it will wear down. If you have hardware that is clearly old and tired, then go ahead and replace it. Signs of wear are as follows: creaking sounds when opening a drawer or cabinet, sticking doors or cabinets due to old hinges or hardware, and even visible signs of damage like rust. If it looks and feels old and worn out, then it probably is. If it doesn’t perform like it used to, then it’s time for replacements.
Style Changeup – You have absolute freedom to replace hardware way before it becomes damaged or worn out. A good reason to change the hardware on your furniture or on your cabinets is if you get bored of the style. What many homeowners fail to realize is that just by changing the hardware, you can achieve a whole new look. Replace dark, serious hardware with a lighter color to change the entire feel of a room.
Update – Maybe you’re not craving a style. On the other hand, you know that your kitchen hardware is incredibly outdated. Switching out old hardware with newer pieces will help you bring your kitchen into the twenty-first century. This can be done simply be replacing the knobs, pulls, handles, and hinges. Just remember to choose a style that will still flatter your kitchens existing theme.