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15 of the best knobs and handles to update cupboards

This modern hardware for cabinets, cupboards and wardrobes is an easy, affordable way to update your home’s look

swarf x adam nathaniel furman door handles

Tired of your kitchen cabinets? Bored of your wardrobe doors? These contemporary designs have the power to refresh the look of any room. Like jewellery for the home, they are available in luxe metals or bright colours, and there’s a style to suit everyone. Simple to screw in place, they’re a pleasingly quick, easy and affordable update.

And, if this list inspires you to update more handles around your house, look to our guide to interior door handle and how to fit them.

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1 ‘Rococo’ door knobs, Dowsing & Reynolds
rococo door handles from dowsing and reynolds
Dowsing & Reynolds

Gloriously slender and simple, this disc-topped knob has a slightly concave surface that catches the light. Available in raw brass (pictured), silver and black, it will make a timeless addition to drawers or cupboard doors. £13.99 each, dowsingandreynolds.com

2 ‘Pomolo’ door knobs, Urbi et Orbi
urbi et orbi pomolo door handle
Urbi et Orbi

Those looking to add a more Brutalist or minimalist edge to their cabinetry should look to these designs by concrete experts Urbi et Orbi. The knobs were initially designed for the brand’s own studio, but are now available to everyone – and in five neutral shades or one of the ten new optional colours. £17.02 each, archiproducts.com

3 ‘Bar’ handle, Superfront
wooden bar handle by superfront

These chunky pull bars, perfect for large drawers and wardrobe doors, are available in a range of sizes to fit all of Ikea’s ‘Metod’ cabinets. Combine them with the brand’s eponymous cupboard fronts and you have the ultimate hack – a simple way to make affordable kitchens and storage look instantly luxe. From £29 each, superfront.com

4 ‘Klein’ and ‘Klee’ knobs, Plank Hardware
klein button knob and klee peg knob by plank hardware
Plank Hardware

For those who want a low-risk way to experiment with colour in the home, swapping out your plain cupboard handles for these fun options is a good place to start. Available in cobalt, pink and aqua, they look best pared with plain white or on-trend plywood kitchens. £8.95 each, plankhardware.com

5 ‘Symbols’ handles, Swarf Hardware
swarf x adam nathaniel furman door handles

Seven shapes make up this collection created in collaboration with architect and designer Adam Nathaniel Furman – each available in brass (pictured) or a selection of primary shades. They can be used solo, or group them together to form handles that are unique to your cabinets. £30 each, swarfhardware.co.uk

6 ‘T-Bar’ handle, Buster + Punch
t bar handle buster and punch
Buster + Punch

Made of solid brass and featuring Buster + Punch’s signature cross-knurl pattern on its surface, this handle is less discreet than some other contemporary designs. However, it’s perfect for those who prefer a more sturdy option that doesn't compromise on style. £50, busterandpunch.com

7 ‘Key’ handle, Toniton X Beslag Design
toniton key handle by beslag design
Toniton x Beslag Design

Unlock the potential of your cupboards with this small but stylish knob. It’s available in six on-trend, powder-coated colours, including ‘Peach’ (pictured), and suits a more streamlined style of kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. £13, royaldesign.co.uk

8 ‘Face’ door knobs, Skultuna
face knobs by skultuna at skandium

Perfection is overrated – especially for those who prefer a more wabi-sabi aesthetic in their home. These cupboard knobs comes as a set of three, with each a slightly different shape. Cast in highly polished brass they are a thing of beauty. £53 for three, skandium.com

9 Black cupboard knobs, House Doctor
black knobs house doctor
House Doctor

Slightly industrial in their style, these handles (they can also function as wall hooks!) work perfectly as part of a Scandinavian design scheme. £8.95 for a pair, idyllhome.co.uk

10 ‘Fleur’ knobs, Haute Déco
fleur knobs haute deco
Haute Deco

Crafted from coloured glass, these decorative handles have a botanical inspiration. Available in this tulip bulb-style form or a lower-profile design that resembles a daisy head, they will add a spring-like joy to any cabinet or door – and last longer than a bunch of flowers. £290 each, hautedeco.com

11 ‘Bau’ handle, Viefe
bau door handle by viefe
Ivan Raga Photographer

Designed by Patricia Roig, this handle is an award winner. Answering a call out to create the perfect door handle – both ergonomically and aesthetically – Roig was inspired to create this minimal form. Price on application, viefe.com

12 ‘Curvature’ handle, Ferm Living
curvature door handle by ferm living
Ferm Living

Who dictated that handles have to conform to geometric shapes? Not us. We are big fans of this scrawl of a handle in brass or black by Scandinavian brand Ferm Living. It adds an organic touch that can soften a utilitarian space. £34.92 each, finnishdesignshop.com

13 ‘Half Moon’ handle, Pushka Home
half moon handle by pushka home
Pushka Home

Sold as a pair, these two brass crescents create (when two adjoining doors are closed) a perfect full moon. The brass, silver and black versions are all available with a plain surface, engraved lines (pictured) or an engraved crosshatch pattern. £60 for the pair, pushkahome.com

14 ‘Quinn’ knob, Anthropologie
quinn door handle anthropologie

Looking pleasingly like push pins, these cast-iron knobs are a design to take note of. Available in four finishes – brass, copper, silver and black – they have a simple look that makes a big impact. £8 each, anthropologie.com

15 ‘Infinity’ handle, Joseph Giles Ltd
infinity handle joseph giles ltd

This stunning crescent moon of a handle has a ribbed bottom for improved grip. Produced in collaboration with architecture firm Michaelis Boyd, it creates the illusion of a perfect circle travelling through your cupboard fronts. Price on application, josephgiles.com

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