You got old furniture with loose, missing or damaged hinges, drawer pulls, locks, handles, protective corners, or decorative bands? You can add years back into the life of your furniture by repairing the loose hardware and replacing the missing or damaged pieces.

How to fix loose drawer pulls and handles

Usually the screws of the drawer pulls and handles become loose over time. Tightening the screws back will fix the problem, at least for a while. So lets look at some more permanent ways of fixing loose drawer pulls and handle:

1. Use some glue to prevent the screws from becoming loose over time following these steps:

  • take the screws out
  • deep them into a glue which bonds well metal and wood
  • put the screws back into their holes and tighten them

2. If the hole is slightly enlarged

  • use a hollow fiber plug with the screw
  • fit a piece of solid-core solder into the hole and replace the screw
  • use longer screw, if the thickness of the furniture piece allows and the screw is not part of the pull

3. If the hole is much bigger and the screws cannot be tighten at all

  • fit and glue wood toothpicks in the hole and trim them flush with the surface after the glue has completely dry
  • dip the pull’s screw into glue and tighten the screw back into its place


A better and a more lasting results will result by enlarging the hole with a wood drill, glueing a piece of dowel into the new hole and drilling a new hole for the pull’s screw

How to fix loose or damaged hinges

Hinges do not work properly because they became loose over time, the hinge pins are bend or damaged or the hinge pins are bent or broken.

  • if the hinge is loose, use an appropriate method from the ones described in the drawer pulls and handles section above
  • if the hinge leaves are bent, take the hinge out its place, carefully streighten the leaves and install the hinge back
  • if the hinge pins are bent carefully remove them from the hinge, streighten them and insert them back – typically in this cases, the hinge leaves are also bent and must be streigthen too
  • if the hinge leaves are damaged and the hinges cannot be replaced, glue the leaves into position with an epoxy-base adhesive – alternately replace it with matching or similar hardware

How to fix damaged locks

  • locks of old furniture pieces are usually hard to repair and in most cases you may have to remove the damaged furniture lock and take it to a locksmith
  • in the fortunate case when you can find a suitable lock replacement, go ahead and replace it yourself – you will save yourself a trip to the locksmith and some money
  • if the piece of furniture is an antique, or the lock is unusual, we recommend to have a professional repair the lock – better to avoid ruining an otherwise fine piece of furniture.

How to fix loose or damaged metal bands

For loose metal bands here are some cost easy and cost effective options:

  • secure loose bands by inserting a adhesive suitable for bonding metal and wood in between the metal band and the surface of the furniture – keep it press down as indicated by the glue manufacturer
  • if the glue cannot hold the metal in place, use tiny metal screws to secure the metal band in place – make sure you match brass to brass, copper to copper, steel to steel otherwise the metal will corrode.

Tips/Other Things to Consider

  • if the hardware is more unusual or distinctive and you cannot find a matching piece, consider replace all the hardware
  • if the piece of furniture is an antique or a very valuable piece of furniture, do not replace all the old hardware – do you best at replacing only the missing or damaged hardware with matching or similar hardware
  • here are some places you would like to check out while searching replacement furniture hardware: hardware stores, home centers, furniture stores, furniture hardware stores, specialty hardware stores and craft suppliers.

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