Where to Buy Knobs and Pulls Under $40, According to Designers

published Jun 14, 2023
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Finding furniture on a budget is no small task, particularly if you’re looking for something that looks like it fits with the current  “quiet luxury” trend. But there is a way to make even the most basic IKEA furniture look more high-end: Buying individual knobs and pulls that speak to your personality and create a more luxe look.

“In design, it’s the details that matter,” says Chicago-based interior designer Kate Marker. “Cabinet hardware is the perfect opportunity to complete a space with some character.” Interior designer Caitlin Kah, who owns a namesake firm in Palm Beach, agrees. “The right knobs and pulls add an extra layer of warmth,” she says.

Selecting hardware may seem reserved for those who are either trained in design or especially concerned about aesthetics, but all it takes is a bit of time and patience. Because you’ve practiced those attributes on selecting the furniture itself, you can likely extend the same consideration to its knobs and pulls. Marker and Kah note that you don’t have to break the budget on these picks, and that’s why they’re sharing their under-$40 favorites below.

Read on to get their six picks for traditional, modern, and bohemian knobs and pulls, starting at $7. 

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My Knobs

In addition to an eponymous interior design firm, Marker also oversees a home site of curated items under her name. As far as her projects go, she usually shops for hardware at one place.

“We actually source much of our hardware from a one-stop shop of hundreds of vendors with a variety of different finishes and price points, myknobs.com,” she says. “We like brands Schaub, Top Knobs, Emtek, and Baldwin, to name a few.”

She recommends this warm brass pull, which aligns with her store and renovation work because of its timeless shape and finish.

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My Knobs

Polished nickel is the up-and-coming material that’s on brass’s tail as of late, and Marker recommends trying it out in small doses — like, say, on your bathroom vanity.

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My Knobs

You can never go wrong with black, and when you’re looking to experiment with shape — even ever so slightly — a hexagon always looks sharp against the clean lines of rectangular drawers. That’s why Marker serves up this pick for everything from nightstands to side tables.

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My Knobs

Unlacquered brass is bound to tarnish with every touch, but let it happen: Marker looks to these classic knobs as a way to make your home look and feel lived-in. Try them out on upper cabinets in your kitchen, or along the lower doors of a built-in. “This is very transitional, in that it can be paired with traditional or modern cabinetry,” she says, and notes that's true of all her picks.

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Similarly, Kah thinks of knobs and pulls as an opportunity for personality. Like Marker, she also often sources them from myknobs.com, but likes to look at Anthropologie for more whimsical options as well. This set includes a timeless mother of pearl detail, which would look beautiful in a bedroom.

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Hirsch & Timber Home

For those looking to give their space a bohemian or earthy feel, Kah offers up these rattan knobs from Hirsch and Timber Home. She used them in a living room’s bar, to complement honey-hued wallpaper nearby, but you can try them on a desk or nightstand as alternative ideas.