Can You Use Drawer Knob As a Curtain Holdback?

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Can You Use Drawer Knob As a Curtain Holdback?
Try using drawer knobs in place of curtain holdbacks. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Not only is it fun to find new ways to use decorative items around the house, it's also smart. Repurposing allows you to save money, reduce waste and personalise your home with one-of-a-kind touches. If you have some unused drawer knobs about the house, put them to good use by installing them as curtain holdbacks.

Size Matters

To successfully use drawer knobs as curtain holdbacks, consider the thickness and volume of your curtains and the size of your drawer knobs. If your knobs have a short shaft and your curtains are quite voluminous and bulky, the knob may be too small to effectively hold the curtains in place. On the other hand, if your curtains are lightweight and unlined or your knob has a fairly long shaft, it can work well.

Try it With Tie-backs

If your curtains are too bulky for drawer knobs to hold them back, try using ties to hold the curtains back. Install the knob on the wall next to the window, then make a loop out of ribbon, cording or fabric. Hang the loop on the knob. Pick up the portion of the loop that's hanging toward the floor. Bring it behind your curtain and back around to the knob, placing this end of the loop around the knob. Because the ties are much less bulky than your curtains, the knobs will hold them securely in place.

Drawer Knobs vs. Door Knobs

If your curtains are too bulky for drawer knobs to hold them back, consider using larger door knobs. Check antiques stores and hardware stores for beautiful ceramic, glass, crystal or engraved brass doorknobs, which have plenty of style and character.

Installation Tips

Drawer knobs typically install from the inside of the drawer, which you can easily access. However, since you cannot access the inside of your wall, you must install your knob onto some sort of plate that you can then attach to the wall with screws. Another option is to drill a hole in the wall, insert a drywall anchor, and screw the knob into the drywall anchor. This option works only if you replace the knobs screws with a headless screw or if your knobs are attached to a headless screw.

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