Oak drawer pulls and Oak knobs, all your questions answered

Oak drawer pulls and Oak knobs, all your questions answered

Let's face it, we often overlook the little things in our homes, like pulls handles and knobs. But when you get into the nitty-gritty of interior design, you'll realise how these tiny pieces can dramatically elevate your space. Specifically, oak drawer pulls have that perfect blend of durability, aesthetic appeal, and tactile pleasure.

A Journey Back in Time: Historical Overview of Oak Hardware

If we take a walk down memory lane, oak has long been a staple in furniture and hardware design. Its durability and rich texture have made it the material of choice for centuries. Dive deeper into the historical significance of oak in hardware to get the full picture.

The earliest known furniture hardware dates back to the 3rd millennium BC, where copper and bronze were used to make decorative pieces for furniture such as these Roman cabinet knobs below. Iron and bronze were regularly used before lathes were available to turn wooden knobs in the late Tudor period. 

Roman bronze furniture knobs, cabinet pulls

Mass production techniques with the Industrial revolution and early 20th century saw many new wooden handle designs based on aesthetics. The arts and crafts movement was a period where Oak pulls and door handles really came into their own.

Why Choose Oak Cupboard Handles or Cupboard Knobs?

You've got options like metal, plastic, or even glass. So why go for oak? Here's why:

Oak is Durable

Oak has been a favourite in furniture making for centuries. Why? Because it's hardwearing, resilient and ages like a fine wine. In a world teeming with disposable goods, an oak drawer pull could very well outlast most other things in your home.

A little investment today pays off in the long run, something that other materials can't often claim. For more on this, check out this resource on the durability and longevity of oak. This caved wood Oak coffer, for example is 700 years old!

14th century oak coffer

Aesthetic Appeal

Imagine walking into a room furnished with oak cabinet knobs. The rustic, yet modern charm they bring is unbeatable. Oak hardware doesn't just serve a function; it enhances your décor.

One thing that sets oak apart is its striking grain pattern. Each oak door handle is like a snowflake; no two are exactly alike. This lends a touch of uniqueness to your kitchen cupboards, bathroom cabinets or dressers.

Oak drawer pulls showing wood grain variations

Finishes That Make Oak Shine

Whether you prefer a natural look or a polished, glossy appearance for handles knobs and pulls, oak can comply. From wax to varnish to oil finish, the options are endless and understanding wood types can help you make an educated choice.

The Versatility of Oak

From rustic country kitchens to modern interiors and sleek minimalist kitchens, oak drawer pulls are like the chameleons of the cabinet hardware and furniture knob world. They can fit in almost anywhere, subtly stealing the spotlight.

Types of Oak Drawer Pulls

Picking the right oak drawer handle can be akin to selecting a piece of jewellery. So, what are the types you can explore?

Bar Pulls and long furniture handles

These are simple, yet elegant. Perfect for a minimalistic design and can be mounted horizontally or vertically from short T bar handles up to 110 cm long wooden handles. These are great for long wardrobe handles, and long handles on cabinets or wide kitchen drawers.
Long wooden handles, oak wood cabinet pulls on white cupboards and drawers

Cup Pulls

Oak Cup pulls offer a vintage vibe, especially when paired with vintage animal prints around the room.

Oak cup pulls, oak cabinet handles

Geometric Pulls

Fancy something unique? Our hand crafted octagonal oak pulls with black, brass, or silver standoffs, make for a chic choice of drawer or cabinet D-Bar pull wardrobe drawer cupboard or kitchen units.

Geometric oak wooden drawer handles with silver standoffs

Installing Oak Drawer Pulls and Wood Drawer Knobs: A Step-By-Step Guide

DIY enthusiast? You'll be pleased to know that installing wood handles and knobs isn't rocket science. For an extensive guide, consult this professional installation guide.

Ever dread the notion of drilling holes in your pristine kitchen drawers? We get it; nobody wants to make a mess. That's where Lelloliving's wooden pull handles set themselves apart. Imagine this: It's a Saturday, and you've decided to upgrade your kitchen cabinets.

It's a DIY project, but here's the kicker you don't need a degree in carpentry to get it right.

Our oak pulls come with snap-off screws designed to fit any material thickness from 15mm to 45mm. Just align the screws, give them a confident snap with your pliers, and voila, you've just turned your bland cabinet into a piece of art.

And the best part? No awkward hardware store trips, no fuss, and definitely no mess. Just a new look for your kitchen, as simple as a snap!"

Small wood handles, oak drawer pulls showing snap off screw fittings

Tools You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Measuring Tape

Step-by-Step Installation

  1. Measure: First, decide where your oak hardware will go. The standard placement for cabinet handles is 2" (50mm) from the top or bottom of the door - but it's personal preference as to where it is easiest to reach.
    For kitchen drawer handles, the centre, or top edge are standard placement options.
  2. Mark: Lightly mark the spots where the screws will go.
  3. Drill: Time to make those holes.
  4. Insert and Screw: Lelloliving oak handles come with snap-off screws that fit from 15mm to 45mm material thickness, easily snappable with pliers.
  5. Final Touches: Tighten everything up, and voila, you're done!

Design Ideas: Unleash Your Creativity

Revamping Kitchen Cabinets

If you're getting tired of your kitchen's look, swapping out the old kitchen handles for oak ones can be a game-changer. Not only do they look great, but wooden drawer handles also add a tactile element that metal or plastic simply can't offer and can change the whole look of your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a full replacement. 


Oak drawer pulls, long wooden handles on a white kitchen with light grey worktop

Unique Dresser Concepts

Want your dresser to make a statement? Skip the standard metal handles and go for solid wood dresser handles. Pair it with a muted colour scheme, and your dresser becomes the room's focal point.

TL:DR/ FAQs: Your Questions Answered

How Long Do Oak Handles Last?

With proper care, these beauties can last a lifetime, or even several!

Are cabinet door Knobs Easy to Install?

Absolutely, installing our wooden drawer knobs is a breeze especially if you're using Lelloliving's snap-off screws so you don't even need to measure the material thickness. Just pop the screw through your piece of furniture, snap to the correct screw length and you're done.

Oak knobs, small wood handles showing the snap off screw fitting

Can Oak Wood Pulls be Painted or Stained?

They sure can! Painting or staining can add a personalised touch. If buying Lelloliving oak wooden cabinet handles or wood knobs, please specify unfinished for the natural wood to be left if you're planning on painting or staining them as they will be sent with a lacquer, wax or oil finish otherwise.

Are Wood Cabinet Pulls Suitable for Bathrooms?

Absolutely, but make sure you opt for oak pulls that have been properly sealed. Most of our handles have a lacquer or wax finish which is protective against humid conditions for bathroom cabinets.

Oak drawer pulls in a bathroom setting, white cabinets and sink with a gold swan tap

Can Oak Handles be Used on Heavy Drawers?

Certainly, their durability makes them perfect for heavy-duty use. For heavy doors or drawers, opt for oak handles rather than oak knobs, as these will be easier to hold.

Are Oak Drawer Handles and knobs Expensive?

They can be, but you often get what you pay for. Solid oak is a high-quality material, and investing in it is a long-term win. Knobs are generally cheaper than handles, but less effective for larger spaces.

Solid oak wooden handles, small wood handle on a white background

Why Oak Drawer Handles Are Worth Every Penny

There you have it—a comprehensive guide to oak handles and oak drawer knobs. Whether it's durability, aesthetic appeal, or functional utility, oak hardware offers it all.

With options like long wooden handles and geometric furniture pull designs available at Lelloliving, your kitchen furniture cabinet drawer or door pull choices are far from limited.

So go ahead, make that stylish and functional upgrade to your home.

You won't regret it.

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