How To Change Your Dresser Knobs

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-50
What You'll Need
New dresser knobs

On any old furniture, dresser knobs can wear out, break, or become outdated. It’s easy to replace your dresser knobs and there are lots of styles to choose from.

Vamping Up Old Furniture

Furniture is something that most people don’t want to get rid of, even after many years of use. Some furniture pieces can become more desirable with age. Because new quality furniture is so expensive, it might be easier to give your dressers a facelift than it would be to replace them.

Perhaps you have recently found some solid secondhand items for a great price. You may want to strip and re-varnish your furniture, but sometimes all that dresser needs is a good cleaning and new knobs.

Replace Drawer Knobs

To replace the knobs on a dresser, all you need is a screwdriver. Some knobs have two attachment holes and some have one. To simplify your task, you should try to keep the same kind of one- or two-holed knobs as the ones that already exist.

If you decide that you really want a totally different look that won’t match the holes, you can get a decorative back that will help you drill new holes and hide the previous ones. Make sure the holes in your dresser drawer match up to the ones in the new knobs.

Take the old screws with you to the hardware store to make sure you buy replacements that are the right size.

Be Creative

When you’re out shopping for the new dresser knobs, don’t limit yourself to traditional bedroom pieces. Shop for different materials, like wood or stainless steel, and styles that will complement the décor in your room.

Of course, you don’t have to just replace the knobs. You can always repaint or restain the furniture, or you can add new tracks to make the drawers slide smoothly in and out.

Consider putting dressers in other rooms besides the bedrooms. In the dining room, use a varnished dresser as a buffet, topped with candles. Store silverware and napkins inside. In the hallway, use a dresser to display books and photos and to hide linens, board games, and other seldom-used items.