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Picking the right Door & Drawer Pulls

Picking the right Door & Drawer Pulls

How to pick the right knobs and pulls for your furniture

Whether you are finishing up a big project or just looking to add some more zest to your cabinets and drawers, knobs and pulls can make a world of difference. Though they may be a small piece of hardware, knobs and pulls can really tie a look together. There are a few things that should be considered when looking for the perfect knob or pull.


The most important thing to consider is how often you will be using this piece of hardware. If it is for kitchen cabinets and drawers then it will probably be multiple times a day. If it is for a more decorative piece of furniture then your usage might be less. Depending on how often it is used you might want to consider comfort and durability as a more important aspect. There are some designs out there that may look really good but aren't very comfortable to use. Stay away from those kinds of designs for things that your family will use every day. Also, keep in mind the wear and tear that will happen. Getting something that will last is important.


There is a huge selection of materials available for knobs and pulls. Many metals such as brass and bronze are anti-microbial, so it might be a good idea for kitchen cabinets and drawers. Although brass is a bit of a softer metal it usually comes lacquered, so it will be able to hold up better and keep its shine. Iron can give a more rustic look while polished stainless steel can give a sleeker more modern look. There are even wooden knobs and pulls that can help create a simple natural look. Although uncommon, some people do have allergies to nickel. Even when someone does have an allergy, brief contact with a small knob or pull won't usually be enough to irritate their skin. Just keep an eye open for itching or irritation of the hands or other parts that might be contacting nickel hardware.

Overall look of the piece of furniture

One of the most important things to think about is the overall look and theme of the piece. If you are making a traditional style dresser then a small stainless steel knob might not be the best idea. Using something like a hanging handle with a more antique look would fit very well. That small stainless steel knob might look great on a more contemporary piece. There is more to consider than just the material and style though. Different finished can give a completely different look to hardware. Generally, a weathered look fits better with older style furniture while polished metal looks better with more modern style furniture.

Creating that perfect look

Ultimately there are no hard and fast rules on how to pick the right knobs and pulls for your project. Just make sure that you take the time to look over all of the options available and make an informed decision. There are no right or wrong answers. If you like the way that something looks, then that is what’s right for you. Hopefully, this guide can get you pointed in the right direction and help you to make your next project look spectacular.


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