How to Fix a Broken Drawer With the Handle Broken Off

The handles on drawers in cabinets, desks, dressers and other furniture may break off when a heavy object bangs into them.
Drawer handles attach with a screw through the wood.Drawer handles attach with a screw through the wood.
Moving furniture from one building to another can also cause this damage, if the drawers are not properly secured. A broken handle must typically be replaced with a new handle, which can be purchased at hardware and home improvement stores. Gluing a handle back together can solve the problem temporarily, but the regular force of moving the drawer in and out might cause the handle to break again. Installing a new handle is a reliable repair.

Step 1

Slide out the drawer, and remove its contents.

Step 2

Extract the screw or screws on the inside of the drawer faceplate, using a screwdriver, in order to release the remains of the broken handle. Save the screws and any washers around them.

Step 3

Take the broken handle with you to a hardware store to match it with a replacement. Depending on the age of the furniture and the style of the handle, you might have to decide whether to replace all the handles if you cannot buy an exact match or settle for a handle that approximates the look of the broken part.

Step 4

Line up the hole or holes on the back of the new handle with the holes in the frontplate of the drawer.

Step 5

Insert the screws through the holes in the back of the drawer's frontplate, and twist them into the new handle with the screwdriver.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdrivers
  • Replacement handle

About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.