It’s fascinating the number of endless choices for decorative knobs, pulls and hardware for cabinet doors, drawers and furniture. If you are looking to remodel or just upgrade existing cabinetry, you don’t need to look very far.

A rule of thumb is to put knobs on doors and pulls on drawers, but it also depends on the number of drawers and doors you have. My bathroom vanity cabinet had pulls on all doors and drawers that were a real nuisance. The pull extended out beyond the post, and every time I walked by, they would get caught on my pajamas. After a while, I noticed that all my pajamas had holes and tears in them, and I finally realized it was time to search for another solution and a new pair of pajamas.

You can find low-cost options at the hardware store for as little as a $1 up to $10. But for something that will last longer and be more interesting, even big-box stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s have great selections of beautiful and stylish hardware that can be special ordered.

I also took a walk-through Anthropologie clothing store located downtown, which has a home décor section, too. Interesting enough, they have a hardware section with choices of knobs and hooks, which would be great on furniture pieces, baby furniture or small cabinets.

ProSource is another great go-to resource for hardware for kitchens and baths. The selection is wonderful, and although you may pay a little more, you should make the investment. Remember, quality hardware and finishes will last longer and look and feel better.

Buy one or two and try them out before making an investment in 20 to 40 pulls or knobs. If you are using many in one area, you may want to keep it simple. Or, if using just a few then, maybe splurge on something more expensive with more detail.

A few questions you should ask yourself: How do they feel for everyday use? Are they practical? They may be cute or good-looking, but are they functional for the long haul? What about the size? Make sure they are not too large or too small for the drawer or door.

When replacing a pull on an existing cabinet, make sure the drill holes will work by measuring from center to center on the backside of the pull. It is harder to putty, sand and paint holes from existing handles. Buying an extra handle or two to keep on hand is helpful in case one gets damaged or they are no longer in stock.

Be sure to choose the right material and style for your room. From bold colors, patterns, shapes and styles, manufacturers are offering everything from polished metals to glass and acrylic. With so many choices, your cabinetry and furniture can have a big impact on the look and feel of your entire room.