Handle Styles by Furniture Periods

Furniture Periods strongly influenced the design of drawer pulls.
As furniture styles evolved to the next trend so did the accompanying handles. Each era was shaped and defined by fashionable cabinetmakers. As their influence on furnishings and interiors became popular they were greatly copied. These trends influenced shape, size and proportions of furniture and hardware. As the industrial revolution took hold production methods also changed providing opportunities for more complex hardware. This constant evolution is still happening today. Style continues to advance and flourish.

Whether replacing or starting new, understanding style, size and metals provides the necessary details to choose the best cabinet furniture handles for your situation.
  • Handle style is generally categorized by furniture period.
  • Antique and vintage drawer pulls were made of brass, iron or wood. Brass handles, known as brasses, were used on more refined and high style furnishings. Iron handles were used on primitive furniture. simple wood knobs were used on early country furniture while more elaborate carved handles were used on Victorian furniture.
  • Solid brass, iron and wood are all strong, long lasting materials, having been used as furniture handles since the 17th century.

  • Furniture style and age are influencing factors as drawer pulls contribute to the overall appearance and value. Ultimately it is a personal choice and suitability to your lifestyle should be considered.

    Historical Furniture periods

    Colonial: Queen Anne and Chippendale
    Federal: Hepplewhite Sheraton
    20th Century: Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Depression and Modern

    Handle Selection

    When choosing new pulls furniture style, boring size of handle and material handle is made of should be considered. These influencing factors contribute to the overall appearance and value of furniture. Ultimately handle selection is a personal choice. Suitability to your lifestyle and likability should be considered.