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The Instacart buying guide to hardware

Embrace the DIY trend with hardware from Instacart. Whether you're undertaking small repair jobs or major renovations, shop our partners via the Instacart app for quality hardware delivered to your door in as little as 2 hours!

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Buy your favorite hardware online with Instacart. Order cabinet hardware, door hardware, bathroom hooks, and more from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours.

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FAQs About Hardware

Hardware comes in many different sizes, so choosing the right one can be challenging. In general, your hardware should look in proportion to the rest of your project. It should also be functional. Measure the size and thickness of your fixtures or materials to make sure they're compatible with the hardware you like.

If you're replacing old hardware, choosing new hardware of a similar size makes sense. For new projects, online instruction guides can be useful. People with large hands usually find using large handles and knobs more comfortable. Adding a single large handle to the middle of a drawer with heavy items, such as pots and pans, will distribute weight more evenly than smaller handles at each end.

You can paint hardware to match your existing decor colors. It's a good idea to paint your hardware when it arrives because it must be clean and unattached. If you have already attached your hardware, remove it and clean it thoroughly.

Metal hardware requires priming with a metal spray paint primer to ensure the new paint sticks. Spray painting your hardware provides the most even coating. Choose a paint designed for your hardware's material. Let the paint dry, then apply another coat of paint. Continue this process until you're happy with how your hardware looks. Wait for your hardware to dry thoroughly before using it.

A few basic tools should help you work with any of the hardware you purchase via Instacart. Make sure you have the following tools on hand before commencing any DIY project:
  • A 16oz hammer with a curved claw
  • A 12-volt cordless drill, although drills with higher voltage are better for big jobs
  • A basic screwdriver set with flat-head and Philips-head options of various sizes
  • A two-piece adjustable wrench set with 10in and 6in wrenches
  • A utility knife with built-in storage for extra blades
  • A putty knife with a 1.5in diameter blade
  • An eight-point handsaw with a replaceable blade
  • A set of pliers
  • A 25ft tape measure
  • A flashlight

Store your hardware in an organized fashion so you can always find what you need. Commercial hardware storage solutions with separate sections for different items can make organization easy. However, you may also store your hardware more simply in glass jars or resealable sandwich bags. Moisture in the air can make metal hardware rust or discolor, so store your hardware in a room that's not very damp or humid. A garage may be a better choice than a basement, for example. If you can't find a suitable place in your home, add a dehumidifier to reduce humidity in the air.

Instacart only sells hardware for simple DIY jobs that most people can do without any formal training. Some DIY jobs are best left to professionals, though. If your surfaces have mold, asbestos, or lead paint, call in professional help rather than doing the work yourself. You'll also need expert help for anything related to your electrical system, plumbing, HVAC system, or roof.
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