Cupboard Knob Material Options

We stock a mixed selection of cupboard knobs in a varied range of materials. Below is a short guide to the material options we offer.


Ceramic is likely this most widely used cupboard knob material and suits both traditional and contemporary designs. It is sturdy, appropriate to most temperatures and resistant to many forms of damage. Thanks to its other properties, it also comes in many shapes, sizes and colours, seamlessly. Ceramic is a good default choice if you have no particular needs.


Metal is most often used in industrial door knobs, but many older or very new dressers also feature metal knobs. Different kinds of metals are suited for different uses; generally, you will want to avoid using metal in damp conditions (such as a dresser that may be exposed to rainwater through an open window).

Knowing the metal you are buying ahead of time is also helpful: every metal has a different look and feel, beyond the general unifying feature of temperature sensitivity.

It is rare, but some metals (particularly copper) can be an irritant to the skin. This should not affect your purchasing decisions in most cases, but it is noteworthy in applications where this is important.

In enclosed or secure rooms, or very temperate climates, metal is a good choice in terms of fashionability, and most metals (again besides copper) are also nick-resistant and will last a very long time.


Wood is traditionally used as a knob material, and from long ago to today, it has been. Like ceramic, wood can be shaped and reshaped easily, and so it comes in many forms. As most wood used for constructing knobs is quite pliable, it is also very comfortable, and it is much rarer to have an allergy to a specific kind of wood, as opposed to a specific kind of metal.

Wood can be painted, although multi-hued wood is generally less aesthetically pleasing than ceramic. Wood is therefore best, and possibly even better than all other options, in cases where you want a rustic or vintage vibe, or where the room is already dominated by similar earth tones (dark brown through tan, plus reds).

Glass comes in many different shapes and sizes, and in the form of a knob, it can be either rock-solid like a mug or delicate like a glass crane. Glass has a very particular feel in one’s hands, making it a good choice for those who want to differentiate their knob by its feel.

It is also easily patterned, making it an especially good choice for talking with shape rather than colour. Its predominant lack of colour means that it works with almost any décor, if it is chosen properly, although it is better for professional, chic or vintage environments than for casual home decoration.

Glass is typically quite fragile, although with high-quality knobs this will not be a problem. Comparatively it is hard but brittle, meaning normal wear and tear will not damage it, but you must be somewhat careful not to break a glass knob.


Glass and metal, or ceramic and wood, combine the advantages (and the disadvantages) of other materials with new looks — potentially entirely new, as certain appearances can only be borne from the right combination.

As with ceramic, if you have no particular needs (such as avoiding metal or glass for their relative volatility), mixed knobs can be a fantastic choice for aesthetic or feel reasons.

Other options

Stone and resin are somewhat rare, but this makes them especially good choices for a discerning user. It is important, as above, to understand the material you are buying before you buy it. Resin has an interesting feel and is quite sturdy, while polished stone is excellent to the hands but can wear quickly.