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The Best Cabinet Pulls for Kids’ Rooms.

By Melissa Summers

We just purchased an Ikea dresser for my son after fighting with the dresser my husband found on the side of the road almost 20 years ago. My husband and I have a great deal of respect for old things, like blue cheese. We are also quite fond of “A Great Deal” like solid wood furniture you find on the side of the road, stripping the top and repainting the body. This is kind of a good deal since it’s free. Sometimes though you may find furniture which was mostly meant to stay together for about 15 years so the last 5 years you’ve had it have involved swearing and jammed drawers and pieces of wood falling out the back.

An Ikea dresser is only meant to stay together for about five years and we respect that too. Just as long as I don’t have to tear Max’s underwear drawer open in a swirl of four letter words muttered under my breath.

I thought I’d look at some cabinet hardware because Ikea dressers are not heirloom pieces and they’re also generally lacking a bit of personality. Plain matching wood? Boring. Accent knobs? Perfect.
The most original cabinet pulls I found in my search are these brushed nickel knobs accented with Japanese paper. I really like the bunnies, but would love to see more beautiful papers used in this way, like these Alice In Wonderland version.

I have a daughter who loves dogs. We are not getting a dog for at least another year and more likely it will be three years before a canine companion will enter our lives. I attempt to placate her with dog related ephemera. Here’s your dog Madison!
Would it be too garish and obvious to put this bright red hydrant knob next to the dog pull?
Sports related knobs are quite popular. My family isn’t exactly sports oriented but I’d be remiss not to point you these soccer ball knobs.

Flowers are often features in kid’s rooms. You don’t want to over do a flower motif but one or two sets of these ceramic flower knobs give the feel you’re going for without punching you in the face with it.

If you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time you’ll understand why I love these reproduction 30’s glass knobs. I’m a fan of vintage looks and I’m also a fan of bargains.
I have an affinity for the 1950’s cowboy theme in a kid’s room. I found this book at an antiques store and started a collection of horseshoes to hang on the walls of my son’s first room. You can imagine then how fond I am of this horseshoe drawer pull.


Thursday morning we are driving into the upper peninsula of Michigan. Car Games will be played, something other than hit the triangle and make the disc play. I will share these games with you. Prepare yourselves.

Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • Anne

    August 28, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I completely just had a childhood flashback to my grandmother’s house with those 30’s glass knobs. Now I want some for my own. Thanks for enabling the shopping!

  • natasha

    August 28, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    The star is actually a Texas star, so for someone living in Texas, it is still pretty much slamming you in the face. I love the idea of the fire hydrant right next to the dog though. Very good.

  • Sheila

    August 28, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    I just got the same dresser, in white, for myself. And almost just as good as finding it on the street (like we did my daughter’s dresser) we found it brand new on Craigslist for $40. Ha! I’m still excited about that deal. Anyway, I’ve also been considering changing the pulls, however I’m not sure many of these would have the same charm in an adult’s room.

  • mrsjcatalano

    August 28, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Sheila, some of these are a tad more expensive [$2.09 to $16.99] but could be plenty grown-up and beautiful on a white dresser. These are my favorites.

  • melissaS

    August 29, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Yes, Sheila. I think any glass pull would look lovely on that dresser (also very envious of your find!).
    Even if you did just the top pulls and left the others.
    I know the star is the lone star but it just gives me a looser ‘cowboy’ feel than the shape of the state does.

  • Sheila

    August 30, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Oh, those clear glass ones are really nice. Actually, all the doorknobs in our house are clear glass as well, so those particular pulls would go very nicely. Thanks!