Easy Switch From a Knob to a Handle

Here is how easy it can be to switch from a knob to a handle.

First, remove the old knob. 

Using a strip of painters tape, mark the holes on the 
back of the handle with a marker...

Transfer the tape to the drawer centered directly 
over the top of the old knob hole...

Drill through the marks on the tape...

The handle I used had raised holes on the back so I used a drill bit large enough for the raised holes to slide into the holes I drilled in the drawer.

Your new handle holes will line up perfectly and you've covered up the old knob hole!

Don't you wish you knew this easy trick years ago?

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. Thanks for the tip. The new handle is very pretty.


  2. I have a jig, but this is really handy for a couple of handles! I'm pinning it!
    have a great week Susan.

  3. Yes, I do wish I had known this trick years ago! I have always been too intimidated to change out a knob for a handle. I am stunned by how easy this can be! Thank you!

  4. I have a cabinet my husand and brother in law made me two years ago.. and all six drawers still need handles/knobs.. thanks for sharing this trick.

  5. What a great tip...I pinned it to my helpful hints board.

  6. Great tip for getting the pulls on right.

  7. Oh, I did the same last week with my new kitchen hardware. I had simple buttons and
    I wanted to change for black handles. They have great handles at Ikea's that you
    can use without changing the front of the drawers. You have only to do as you did and
    the first hole is covered by the "back" of these new handles.
    Sorry for my English, be indulgent I am French !

  8. I love make-your-life-easier tips like this!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. OMG!!!!!!!!! You are unbelievable! With this trick, I will save a lot of time! ...and wood :D

  10. I love your handle. Did you buy it local or online? lin lbprich@bellsouth.net

  11. Great tip! Thanks for sharing it. I'm always looking for ways to make life easier.

  12. Aren't you clever!! Thanks for the tip! :)


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