One of my favorite things about refinishing furniture is getting to choose the hardware. It’s the finishing touch. The icing on the cake. The perfect necklace with your favorite dress. Okay, just kidding with all the analogies :). Let me share with you my master list of places to find furniture hardware.
One more thing before we get started. I want to mention that I don’t always change the hardware. Many times the original hardware is perfection. But if the original hardware is broken, missing, or just not fitting the new makeover, here’s some places you can look to find something new.
1. Walk-In Stores
I’m a visual person, and I really like to see and hold the knobs in person before choosing them. Hobby Lobby has a great selection and I can often find what I’m looking for there. Tip: Hobby Lobby marks their hardware down 50% off every other week. If you go in and the hardware is full price, wait until next week if you can and it’ll be half off.
Other walk-in stores that randomly sell hardware include Marshall’s, HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, Pier One, Restoration Hardware, World Market and Anthropologie. Their selections are limited so I never go there specifically looking for hardware, but if I happen to be shopping there I always look to see if they have any interesting knobs I can add to my stash. Home Depot, Menard’s and Lowe’s also carry hardware but their selections are usually pretty generic. Most of the stores above also list some of their hardware online.
If you’re looking for something specific, you’ll probably have more luck searching online. Here’s a list of online websites that sell furniture hardware. And while this is not an exhaustive list, there’s a lot of info here. I’ve tried to break it down into separate categories to help you navigate it easier. (Note: I have not purchased from all of these sites, so I cannot personally vouch for their quality and/or customer service).
Looking for authentic reproduction hardware that matches the look and period of the original? Try these sites:
House Of Antique Hardware One of the largest selections of original and authentic reproduction hardware.
Paxton Hardware, LTD Specializing in replacement hardware for furniture. They also carry replacement parts for lamp repairs.
Vintage Hardware And Lighting Authentic reproduction antique hardware and a seriously stunning selection of lighting.
Antique Hardware & More You’ll find more than just antique reproduction hardware on this site. They also carry trunk hardware, wood furniture parts and more.
Hardware Of The Past I found this website to be extremely easy to navigate and they have great prices. They also carry hardware for trunks, cane webbing for chairs, etc. If you do a lot of furniture repairs you’ll want to check out this site.
Do you want to keep your piece as original as possible and would prefer to replace your missing piece with a true, original match? Start here:
Robinsons Antiques Specializing in original antique hardware replacement. If I were looking for a very specific, original antique drawer pull I’d probably look here first.
Historic Home Hardware Not a large selection, but if you’re looking for something specific it’s worth a peek.
Olde Good Things This place is like an online antique store. Most pieces aren’t cheap, but if authenticity is important to you there’s some really cool stuff here.
Eugenia’s Antique Hardware This one’s hard to navigate, but if you’re on the hunt for something specific you could email them.
These sites all have a broad array of fantastic knobs and hardware:
99 Cent Knobs Most of their products are 99 cents or lower.
Hickory Hardware Knobs, drawer pulls as well as functional hardware like hinges and drawer slides.
Knob Deals.com Their selection is similar to what you’ll find in the hardware store, but their prices are great and they also have an entire section of hardware that’s 99 cents or lower.
MyKnobs.com They have a huge selection (over 500 pages of knobs alone). Prices range from $1 to over $300.
Hardware Online Stores Another website with a large selection and wide price range.
Don’t forget about Craigslist, Amazon, and Ebay too!
3. Other Random Places
The Hardware Exchange This is a facebook group for people to buy, sell and trade used furniture hardware.
Etsy You can find lots of unique pieces here, some new and some used.
Top Knobs You can browse their products online, but you have to purchase from a dealer in-store. This link will take you to their dealer search page so you can see if there’s one near you.
So there you have it! What do you think? Did I miss any? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hardware Hunting :).
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