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Why Backplates are so Great

Refreshing the look of your kitchen can be a costly endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. Enhancing your cabinets with new cabinet backplates is an easy and inexpensive way to update the look of your kitchen without the headache and expense associated with kitchen remodeling.

Available in an astounding variety of styles, finishes and motifs, cabinet backplates are functional as well as beautiful. Backplates are a great way to protect your cabinets against scratching and fading that can occur from the constant grabbing of your cabinet hardware. Or, if your cabinetry has already begun to exhibit signs of wear and tear around the knobs or pulls, a backplate can extend the life of your cabinet face by covering unsightly nicks or damage with a sophisticated elegance. Backplates are also a simple way to hide holes in your cabinet face that may result from changing the drill centers when installing new handles or pulls. Installing a backplate behind your new handle will conceal any preexisting drill marks while providing a classy accompaniment to your new hardware.

Because backplates are available to complement both knobs and pulls, you will surely be able to find the perfect backplate no matter what your hardware preferences are. There are, however, several things to consider when shopping for the ideal backplate. Although there are many hardware companies that offer products in the same styles and metal finishes, each of these finishes is likely to vary slightly in color or texture. To ensure that your backplate matches as closely as possible to your existing cabinet hardware, it is recommended to purchase backplates from the same manufacturer that supplied your original cabinet hardware. Additionally, your backplates should be of the same finish as your existing cabinet hardware. If your cabinetry sports a novelty knob or pull such as a glass or ceramic design, you will likely be able to find a backplate that will complement your existing hardware or that can provide it with an entirely different look. When purchasing backplates to match your existing handles or drawer pulls, it is also essential to check that the backplate's drill center is equivalent to the drill center of your handle or pull to ensure a proper fit.

Selecting a backplate with an elaborate design is a great way to make plain cabinet hardware more striking and decorative. Let your creativity show with a lattice or unusually-shaped backplate. Or, tone-down overly ornate hardware by choosing a simple backplate that will draw attention to its subtle minimalism. No matter what your style or decor preferences are, a backplate will instantly improve the look of your kitchen without breaking down your walls or breaking the bank.

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