DIY Leather Pulls

Changing drawer pulls is the easiest way to update and change the look of your furniture! These DIY leather pulls are super easy to make and can fit any weird hole spacing, so you don’t have to fill in the old hardware holes!

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These DIY leather pulls are seriously so easy to make! In about 15 minutes you can have a whole set of new hardware for your furniture.

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Plus, they are so much cheaper to make than to buy! I mean, have you seen the prices of leather pulls?? These are much cheaper! Plus, you can easily customize them to any size that you need!

Supplies Needed For DIY Leather Pulls

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How to Make Leather Pulls

Here are the steps to make leather pulls for your furniture.

Cut the Leather

First, cut your leather to the size you want it. (Read below for more tips on how to measure the right length for leather handles or pulls)

measuring leather to cut

Grab a cutting board or a piece of wood, and a sharp knife. I like to use a steak knife from my kitchen to cut the leather.

Mark your leather at the length you want to cut it, and then simply saw back and forth with your knife to cut through it.

cut leather with a knife

Drill Holes into Leather for the Screws

Then grab your drill and your drill bit. Measure where you want to make the holes for the screws. I measure about 3/4″ – 7/8″ in from each edge of the leather.

measure and mark leather for screw holes
drill holes on leather for screws

Then drill your holes into each end of the leather.

Place the Screws Through Leather Holes

Next, grab your screws, nuts, and washers! Place the screw through the hole(s).

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leather pull with screw, washer and nut

If your hole is a little small, you should be able to still twist the screw through the holes.

Attach Leather Pulls to Furniture

To attach your new pulls to your furniture, place the screw through the hole in the drawer. On the inside of the drawer, place the washer onto the screw, and then tighten the nut on the screw.

Check out this quick video to see exactly how to make these leather pulls!

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diy leather drawer pulls on dresser

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How to Make Leather Handles Instead of Pulls

You can make handles instead of the drop-down pulls! Instead of folding the leather in half and using only one screw per pull, don’t fold the leather in half.

Then use 2 screws on each handle instead of the 1 screw per pull.

diy leather drawer handles on dresser

How to Measure Leather for Drawer Holes

But, how do you measure correctly for different hole spacing?? I like to measure from the center of one hole to the center of the other hole. Then I add in about 2″ – 2 1/2″ to that measurement.

The extra 2″ – 2 1/2″ includes 3/4″ on each side of the screws. And then the extra amount makes the pulls curve out, giving you space for your hand to go in between the drawer front and the pull.

EX: For 3″ center to center hardware holes, I would cut the leather to 5 1/2″ long. (But please double-check that this is the right size for you!!)

For 5″ center to center hardware holes, I would cut the leather to 7 1/8″ – 7 1/2″ long. (Of course, double-check that this is the right size for you!!)

DIY Leather Pulls

Leather pulls attached to furniture

Changing drawer pulls is the easiest way to update and change the look of your furniture! These DIY leather pulls are super easy to make and can fit any weird hole spacing, so you don’t have to fill in the old hardware holes!

Instructions

  1. First, cut your leather to the size you want it. You can measure from the center of one hole to the center of the other hole. Then add in about 2″ – 2 1/2″ to that measurement.
  2. Mark your leather at the length you want to cut it, and then simply saw back and forth with your knife to cut through it.
  3. Then grab your drill and your drill bit. Measure where you want to make the holes for the screws. You can measure about 3/4″ – 7/8″ in from each edge of the leather. Then drill holes into each end of the leather.
  4. Attach the pull to the furniture by placing the screw through the hole in the drawer. On the inside of the drawer, place the washer onto the screw, and then tighten the nut on the screw.

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