A Fix for Loose Dresser Knobs

For loose dresser knobs that will not remain tightened, you might consider bow or ribbon ties. This will work best in children's rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, since the look is rather feminine. I was so frustrated with my bedroom chest of drawers that I took out the hardware and threaded pretty ribbons through the holes. I made bows, and now, whenever I open a drawer, it tightens the bow. No more problem! Just a simple solution to a small frustration.


By Janet

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September 10, 20050 found this helpful

My husband showed me this one. Take wooden toothpicks (as many as you need) and shove them into the space that needs to be filled - then you can break them off flush with the edge of the drawer or wall or whatever. Then you can re-screw or reapply the knob, door stop, or whatever and it fits more tightly. Also, depending on what kind you have, you could add washers between the bolt and the inside of the drawer to take up the slack. I hope it helps!


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August 25, 20060 found this helpful

If the screw of the handle goes all the way through then you can tape or glue it as well. Of course this "quick" fix is also permanent...so unless you wish to break the nobs off later you'll not be able to change them.

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March 25, 20070 found this helpful

To fix loose knobs on dressers due to the screw not tightening you can use a wooden golf tee. Insert the tee as far as it will go and score it with a utility knife and break off the remainder of it.


Drill a small hole into the tee and you have a new hole for the screw. You can also use this for door hinges on cabinets or regular entry doors.

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March 25, 20070 found this helpful

You can also wedge a toothpick in there beside the scew then break it off, thats what my husband does. Its an instant fix.

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October 7, 20130 found this helpful

I have used the same idea, only used small rope and knotted inside the drawer.

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