A Few Things You Probably Didn'T Know About Clavos

If you are having a hard time finding the right look for any of your doors or drawers, instead of searching for knobs or door pulls, look for clavos. While they can, in fact, be something that is used to get inside a cabinet or drawer, they can also be much more than that. In addition, when you search the internet, or ask at a store for them you may find you have many more options than you had otherwise. Here are just a few interesting things to know about these "decorative nails."

Make Knobs or Pulls Special

Some clavos are designed like a regular door or drawer pull. They can be a simple knob of some sort or a handle. However, they are made of some type of metal and the nail portion that holds the opener to the door is not a simple screw but designed to complete the look. For example, if you have a round knob with a nail or screw that goes through the top and shaft to hold it to the door, the clavo will be an added decoration to it. It may be of a contrasting color or metal or it could be etched or hammered for a special look.


You can also use clavos strictly for decoration. If you have studs on your furniture to create a design or to add to its overall look and appeal, they are probably simple tacks. However, clavos are actual nails. They embed into the furniture deeper so they will not come out easily. If they are used to help hold the upholstery in place, you won't have to worry about them popping out and having the fabric come loose. In addition, they can be added to wood fixtures, such as doors or tables to create a rustic look.

Adhesive Clavos

When you have a metal, glass or fiberglass piece, such as a refrigerator or shower door you can use clavos that have a strong adhesive on the back to hold them in place. These can be either strictly decorative or used to open something without having to put a hole in the item for a nail or screw.

Do not think that clavos are strictly for creating a rustic appearance. If they are polished or intricately hammered, they can also give the look of sophistication or elegance. Take a walk through a hardware store and ask to see their selection. You might get a few ideas on how to make a drab door look new and special.