Late Gustavian three-drawer chest, Sweden circa 1830, with marble top, brass hardware and gilding in the corner post reeding- CUPBOARDS & ROSES Swedish Antiques
There are many different hardware styles for furniture, depending on the look you're going for and the area of the house the piece is located. You'll find cabinet knobs, cabinet pulls, cup pulls, appliance pulls, and bail pulls, to name a few. When deciding what hardware to purchase for your furniture or cabinets, it's a good idea to keep in mind the color and style of the cabinet or drawer and the from which time period the piece is.
Choosing the correct hardware style can be one of the hardest decisions when remodeling, so let's take a look at the different hardware styles available to make your decision a little bit easier.
When deciding on hardware for your household furniture and cabinets, you'll have a variety of styes from which to choose. Common styles include Chippendale, French, dragon, arbor, scalloped, and Hepplewhite. The style you need depends on the type of furniture the hardware will be used on and your personal taste. You'll also want to consider who will be using the furniture and how functional you want the piece to be.
If you're in the market for new hardware for your bedroom furniture, keep in mind who will be using it the most. If the hardware is for kids furniture, you may want to keep the hardware simple and modern. You'll find a wide variety of chrome, brushed nickel, stainless, and black hardware available in a simple or more modern style. Not only will it match well with kids furniture, but it won't take away from the functionality of the piece.
If the hardware will be used on furniture in an adult's bedroom, Chippendale hardware will give a more traditional and classic look. It's still a good idea to keep the style of the furniture in mind when choosing hardware, as more modern pieces may look better with simple chrome or stainless cabinet pulls rather than a bail pull style.
For a formal dining room with a buffet or china cabinet, dragon style hardware may be your best bet. If you want a more laid-back look, consider Hepplewhite hardware for your buffet table.
If you're looking for hardware for a more authentic look, check out local antique stores that may have the style you're looking for. If you have a more modern dining room, you can use simple cup pulls in a chrome or stainless finish.
The kitchen is one of the most often-used rooms in the house, and while you want the hardware on your cabinets to look good, you also want them to be functional. Consider using a cabinet knob, available in a variety of materials including brass, stainless steel, glass, and stone, depending on the look and style you're going for. Cabinet knobs attach to each cabinet with a single screw, making them easy to replace and clean as needed.
For larger cabinet drawers or doors, you may find that using a cabinet pull is more functional. They are most commonly found in three- and four-inch sizes. You can find cabinet pulls in a variety of styles and colors, including traditional, classic, or modern.
When picking out hardware for your furniture, keep in mind who will be using it the most, and make sure it's functional for the space. For kids furniture, keep things simple and modern. It may be a good idea to stay away from bail pulls and stick with cabinet knobs and pulls.
Brian Flax is a freelance writer based out of the Washington, D.C., area. He is experienced in a variety of topics including education, technology, and home improvement.
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