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How to Choose Drawer Knobs and Other Handles Around Your Home

How to Choose Drawer Knobs and Other Handles Around Your Home - The Hairpin Leg Co.

Drawer knobs offer more than just function. They're a way to express your personal style and make sure your home has a cohesive look.

If you're looking to switch up your home's style, then a new set of drawer knobs could be all you need for an updated home. 

But with so many styles, finishes, and designs to choose from, how do you know which drawer knobs to choose?

In this guide, we give you practical tips so you can choose knobs and handles that are a perfect fit for your home's design.

What Style Is Your Home?

This is the first thing you want to consider is whether you are changing your home's style or keeping it the same. Are you simply looking to revamp the look of your kitchen with a set of new drawer handles? Or are you doing a full interior renovation?

If you're just updating a few handles, make sure they fit with the existing style of your home. A good choice would be a set of disk-shaped knobs, as they tend to go with most interior design styles.

If you're doing a complete renovation, however, then take a moment to think about how the new knobs and handles might complement the style you've chosen to renovate in. 

For example, if you've chosen a modern, minimalist design for your renovation, then large, extravagant knobs might not work well. In this case, you might want to go for a more understated knob style with a metal finish like steel or brass.

Drawer Knobs or Pulls?

Next, think about how you will be opening your drawer or cabinet. Where is it located? How often will you be opening it?

For example, if the drawer or cabinet is in a small space, you might want to consider getting drawer knobs. If you get pulls or handles, there might not be enough space for you to open the drawer fully.

You want to think about comfort here as well. If it's a drawer you will be opening frequently, then you want to make sure the knob or pull is easy to open. Handles are also a great option for cabinets you need to open quickly and easily.

Additionally, metal pulls that swing downwards when you let go of them might not be the best for drawers that have fragile finishes or lacquers. For these types of drawers or cabinets, you might want to get a leather pull or a knob to avoid damaging the finish.

On the other hand, pulls can give you that vintage look and are easy to open, so use them on drawers that you open all the time. Just make sure that the wood finish or paint is durable enough for continuous wear.

Shape and Style

While you definitely want to go for a shape that matches the drawer or cabinet itself, think about how the style and shape of your knob fit with the other shapes in your home.

These shapes aren't just the shape of your coffee table or rug. They include the shapes and styles of your countertops, light fixtures, and decor.

Let's say you have a kitchen backsplash with some lovely hexagonal shapes. Then why not add hexagon-shaped knobs to your kitchen drawers as a fun, matching accent?

Matching shapes together in your home might seem like a minor detail, but it actually makes a huge difference in making your home look like a harmonious whole rather than a mess of cluttered design.

Finish and Colour

Finally, look at what finishes and colours are available in your choice of knob or handle. You want to do this step last because you'll need a narrowed-down list of knobs or handles to choose from.

These days, there are a variety of knob materials available, such as brass, iron, steel, wood, and acrylic.

When selecting a colour for your knob, make sure to match it with the rest of the decor in your home. For example, if your home has mostly warm-toned colours, then brass or copper could be a great choice. You could also go for neutral black or white for contrast.

Be careful when trying to mix finishes within one space. While a combination of finishes can look interesting, this can easily go wrong and look messy.

If you're not sure which finishes looking good together, then it might be best to stick with one finish throughout your space for a more cohesive look.

Other Considerations

Once you've selected which knobs or handles you'd like to get, there are a couple of extra things to consider before you make your purchase.

First of all, be careful that you're not just buying those cool drawer knobs because they're trendy right now. If you absolutely love the trend, then that's fine, but just be careful that you're not buying something only because it's trendy and not because it actually matches the rest of your house.


Additionally, no matter how gorgeous that new cabinet knob is, make sure you'll be able to clean it easily. This holds especially true for knobs in high-use areas, like the kitchen drawers and cabinets you open most often.

Finally, get a few extra knobs or handles, just in case. You never know when a screw might come loose, and small knobs can easily get lost or vacuumed accidentally.

Keep a few extras on hand in your toolbox just in case so that you're not left scrambling for a new knob if you can't find the exact ones you have for sale.

Ready to Update Your Home With the Perfect Drawer Knobs?

Drawer knobs can be just what you needed to refresh your home's style or complement your new renovation.

By keeping in mind just a few simple considerations on style and function, you can choose drawer knobs that effortlessly complement your home's style. Best of all, your drawers and cabinets will be more functional than ever.

For a sleek, modern look, check out our stunning collection of solid brass knobs in a variety of designs and colours.

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