Knobs and pulls are often little more than an afterthought when planning a refurbishment. Even when buying new items of furniture, the knobs and pulls always seem to be considered of secondary importance.
This can turn out to be an irresponsible attitude, as these knobs and pulls can easily make or break the desired effect of a room.
You may want to find knobs that are in keeping with an antique piece of furniture, or a particular design period. If the hardware store doesn’t have what you need, here’s a list of 12 excellent sources for knobs and pulls.
Try Some Local Yard Sales
Yard sales are fun because you never know what gems you’re going to discover. Not every yard sale will be a treasure trove of beautiful and stylish knobs and pulls, but it’s worth going along to take a look. You can find out about local yard sales through Facebook groups, Craigslist and from yard sale signs.
If you’re looking for antique or vintage knobs and pulls, it only makes sense that you should visit an antique store. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find the right knobs for a rare item of furniture, you do have a better chance of finding them in a variety of styles and designs, which may suit your overall scheme.
Amazon is gigantic these days, and while it doesn’t exactly have a name for stylish and unique products, it does have a surprisingly wide range of knobs and pulls, including some rarer types. Don’t be fooled by the online retailer’s image – it is possible to find real quality in a sea of mass-produced mundanity.
This online retailer has a narrower selection of knobs and pulls, but they are all of decent quality. This is the place to look if you’re trying to find something more modern and stylish – perhaps not so different from what you would see at the hardware store, only sleeker or with a better finish.
Here you can find the classier and showier designs of pulls and knobs which are really going to get people’s attention. If you want to give a relatively uninteresting piece of furniture an upgrade, this is the place to look. From Crown Quartz Knobs to Medallion and Bow-Tie Knobs, Anthropologie has it all.
Lisa Jarvis markets its knobs and pulls as ‘jewelry for furniture’. Their pieces, just like the website interface have a very contemporary New York up-and-coming art scene vibe. If you want to add details to a room that will get people talking, you’re sure to find something here.
One of the better-known names when it comes to household hardware, Hobby Lobby has both a high street and an online retail presence. Its knobs and pulls section is among the most popular, thanks to the elegant and fun designs it’s known for. Each store might not have the range of designs you’re looking for, but you can search and order online, too.
Liz’s Hardware, LA
You don’t need to be in LA to appreciate the offerings that Liz’s has – just swing on by to their website to check out their extensive ranges in different styles, from late 1800s Victorian, thru Early American and 60s, to contemporary designs. If you need knobs or pulls from a certain period of history, this is the place to look.
This Japanese manufacturer has a selection of modern, sleek and elegant knobs and pulls. These designs are more functional than frivolous but will be deeply admired upon closer inspection. They add a nice dose of elegance to modern spaces which could otherwise look boring. If you’re looking to quietly impress, Sugatsune can help you out.
MyKnobs has a very extensive range of decorative hardware that fulfills most standard applications. They do have a showroom in New York, but if you’re not in the area, it’s just as easy to find something you’ll like on their website. If you’re looking for conservative but smart designs, you’re sure to find something you like here.
Along with numerous different other lines in household furniture and accessories, Pottery Barn has an interesting range of pulls and knobs. They vary from the rustic-looking, simple pitted knobs, to ornate and showy vintage glass knobs. Pottery Barn is a good bet when you’re looking for a slightly more traditional, rustic or vintage look.
If you’re looking for something specific, it’s always worth checking out eBay. Before you go and order custom handmade knobs and pulls in an obscure design, just type what you’re looking for into eBay. There’s always a chance you’ll be able to get exactly what you what at a fraction of the retail price. If not, there could be something else you need.