Top 10 Reasons to Choose Wooden Handles for Kitchens in 2024

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Wooden Handles for Kitchens in 2024

Choosing the right handles for your kitchen cabinets can make all the difference in your kitchen’s look and feel. Wooden handles are a popular choice for many reasons, and today, we’re diving into the top ten reasons why you should consider wooden handles for your kitchen cabinets.

1. Aesthetic Appeal

Wooden kitchen cabinet handles add a warm, natural look to any kitchen design. Whether your kitchen is modern, rustic, or traditional, wood handles offer a versatile aesthetic that can seamlessly blend into various styles.

Imagine sleek oak cabinet handles on a contemporary white kitchen or rustic wood handles with small knobs for drawers in a farmhouse-style kitchen. The natural grain and texture of wood can enhance the visual appeal, making your kitchen feel warm and inviting.

Long pull handles as wooden wardrobe handles can also completely change the look of a piece of flat pack furniture and instantly add a cost effective bespoke feel.

Photo by A&A Bespoke Furniture Ltd.


2. Durability and Longevity of wooden handles

solid wood knobs on an antique piece of furniture

When it comes to durability, wood really stands out as a sturdy and long-lasting material. Oak knobs were first used on antique furniture almost exclusively until around 1660, when brass was introduced. Many of these wardrobe wooden handles or wood handles for drawers are still in use over 400 years later, quite often outlasting the piece itself!

Oak cabinet handles for example are highly resistant to wear and tear, making them a reliable choice for high-traffic areas like the kitchen.

Unlike plastic handles that have a tendency to crack or the finish wear, glass which is susceptible to damage or metal ones that might tarnish and their fixings break, wood cabinet pulls maintain their integrity over time, providing you with a lasting solution.

3. Ability to customise kitchen door handles

unfinished solid oak knobs ready for customising


white kitchen with blue painted wood knobs
Photo (below) by Studio Morton 
One of the greatest benefits of wood drawer pulls or cabinet pulls is their adaptability. At Lelloliving, we offer custom sizes and hole centres on our walnut or oak cabinet handles and long wardrobe handles. You can also order many of our solid wood handles unfinished to customise with your own stains, paint or finishes.


For many cabinet handles wood allows you to choose from a variety of colours finishes, stains, or carvings to match your kitchen’s unique style.

Whether you prefer a polished, sophisticated look or a more rustic, handmade feel, wooden pulls or cabinet knobs can be tailored to meet your design preferences.

4. Eco-Friendly Choice

Choosing wooden furniture pulls is also an eco-friendly decision.

Wood is a renewable resource when the process is carefully managed, and at Lelloliving, we ensure that all our wooden kitchen cabinet handles are made from FSC certified wood sourced from sustainable forests, and processed carefully to create minimal waste.

This reduces the environmental impact compared to plastic or metal handles, helping you create a sustainable kitchen design that’s kind to the planet.

5. Comfort and Ergonomics

Oak cup handle being used as a drawer pull handle

The natural texture of wood provides a comfortable grip, making wooden knobs and drawer pull handles not only beautiful but also functional.

Ergonomically designed wooden cup handles and oak knobs make it easier to open and close your cabinets, adding to the overall user experience. This is especially important in a busy kitchen where ease of use can make a big difference.


6. Versatility of wood cabinet pulls

walnut cabinet pull on black kitchen cabinets

Knobs pulls handles and cabinet hardware come in a variety of designs, offering you a plethora of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for natural wood cabinet handles that blend seamlessly with your cabinetry or bold kitchen door handles wood that make a statement, there’s a design out there for you.

This versatility ensures that you can find the perfect match for your kitchen’s style and colour scheme.

At Lelloliving, many of our handles and oak drawer knobs are also available unfinished for you to chose your own stain finish or paint to perfectly match your own furniture or decor.

7. Timelessness

Walnut cabinet door pulls on a midcentury cabinet

Wood kitchen handles or never go out of style. They have a timeless quality that allows them to remain relevant through changing design trends. Investing in wood furniture handles means choosing a classic look that will continue to enhance your cabinet door's appeal for years to come.





8. Easy Maintenance

Wood is easy to maintain.

solid wooden handles used in a tough bathroom environment. The bathroom is white showing a sink with cabinets and long wood pulls

Simple cleaning and upkeep will keep your oak door knobs or cabinet handles wood looking like new for years. Most finishes are designed to protect the wood, ensuring that your handles remain beautiful with minimal effort. This makes wooden door pulls a practical choice for any kitchen.

Lelloliving kitchen door handle wood is protected by a hardwearing lacquer, suitable for use in tough environments as wooden kitchen door handles, nursery drawer handles or bathroom cabinet handles.

9. Cost-Effectiveness

For cabinet handles wood is an affordable option that offers great value for money.

They are cost-effective not only in terms of initial purchase but also in the long term due to their durability and low maintenance. Investing in quality oak cabinet handles means you won’t have to replace them frequently, saving you money over time.

10. Unique Character and Charm

Our Oak knobs are sustainably sourced, 2 cabinet knobs sat on a blue and white tile

Each oak cupboard handle is unique due to the natural variations in the wood.

This uniqueness adds a personal touch and charm to your kitchen space, making it truly your own. Whether you opt for oak knobs or walnut long wooden handles or custom cabinet handles wood, and the individuality of each piece brings character to your kitchen.


Why choose wooden handles over metal or plastic?

customised wooden handles, octagonal long wardrobe handles with brass and black fittings

Wood knobs and handles offer a warm, natural aesthetic and are more eco-friendly. They are also durable and can be customised , making them a versatile choice for any kitchen style.

Metal handles are traditionally expected to be the most durable however, they are susceptible to showing wear, tarnish or damage to the finish whereas wood, and especially oak wood can more forgiving in many situations.


How do I maintain wooden handles?

octagonal geometric wooden handle on a yellow kitchen cabinet

Clean wooden cabinet pulls or furniture handles with a damp cloth and mild soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the finish. Regular maintenance will keep them looking like new. 

If the finish has become damaged, or you want to change the kitchen and refinish/stain them the top coat can be sanded and refinished with a tough clear lacquer - but properly cared for this should be many years in the future.




Are wooden cabinet handles suitable for all kitchen styles?

Yes, wood kitchen door handles and wood handles for drawers are highly versatile and can complement a variety of kitchen styles, from modern to rustic to traditional.

Try more angular and minimalist shapes and clean lines aligned to the edge of cabinets for modern cabinet handles and free flowing curved shapes with rounded ends and wooden knobs for more traditional settings.



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Can wood handles be used in high-moisture areas like kitchens?

Yes, with proper treatment and sealing, wooden handles can withstand the humidity and wear and tear of a kitchen environment.

A lacquer finish will fully seal wood handles. Waxed or oiled finishes are sufficient as wooden drawer handles or modern wardrobe handles, but will darken with use in a kitchen or bathroom setting whereas lacquered wood will not be affected.


wooden handles for drawers, curved pull handle on an open oak drawer

Discover our full range of handles, from long kitchen door handles to small knobs at Lelloliving and add a touch of elegance and functionality to your kitchen cabinets. Transform your kitchen with our unique, durable, and stylish wooden cabinet handles today!


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