Leather Pulls: The Luxe (Yet Affordable) DIY Design Detail We Love

updated May 1, 2023
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Updating the hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry as well as your casegoods is the easiest, fastest way to bring a wow factor to your home (whether you’re a renter or owner), and one category of hardware has our attention as of late: Leather pulls. They feel super high-end yet casual at the same time and are a detail that will usually make you do a double-take (like in Scott and Kristan’s relaxed kitchen). With IKEA’s ÖSTERNÄS Leather handles coming in as our #1 pick from their 2018 catalog, we can’t hide from the fact that we’re hardcore crushing on these hide loops.

Scroll through this leather-handle eye candy to get your creative juices flowing, then click through our top 20 shopping picks (and DIY options!).

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Victoria from may_be_may_’s Instagram has the dreamiest kitchen. From the putty-like cabinet color and that spectacular faucet to those leather pulls, the whole thing is very “now” yet a little unexpected.

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Alice Lane Home shows a great look in this inspirational study room: sturdy black leather handles on lower cabinetry mix beautifully with brass knobs up top. The sturdy hide lends a collegiate, preppy vibe to the traditional woodwork.

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Leather pulls aren’t just for kitchens. Try them on furniture pieces, like this showstopper from Houseologie.

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There is no denying how versatile IKEA’s HEMNES Shoe Cabinet is. It’s a small space hero: useful in a narrow entryway but also anywhere else you might want to squeeze in some more storage. Here, Dana from House*Tweaking made the ubiquitous piece a little more special with DIYed leather-like pulls (that she made from a $0.99 belt!).

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Another great idea from House*Tweaking (make sure to check out the “before” of this cabinet!). The blog’s mastermind, Dana, picked this armoire up for $100, and scored those leather pulls on Etsy for $18 each.

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IKEA‘s $99 TARVA cabinet comes in untreated, unfinished pine, so it’s ripe for your creative touch. We particularly like this dusty blue paint selection paired with tan leather loop pulls. It feels fresh, modern and casual.

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Feeling crafty? Here are a few DIYs to suit your leather-loving spirit: