Build it Better: Quirky Decorative Hardware Jazzes up Your Furniture



construct me collection

You know how that fantastic vintage furniture find starts to feel a little stale after a few years? Even with some paint-based rehab, sometimes your favorite pieces could use a little extra kick. Cue Amsterdam design firm Droog with their fun Construct Me! collection: a set of hardware that jazzes up even the most boring furniture.

oversize screws

oversize wingnuts

The collection includes screws, hinges, brackets, nails, washers, hooks, nuts, and other functional (with the emphasis on fun) pieces of hardware. Whereas traditional hardware is designed to blend into the furniture, Construct Me! is meant to stand out and be highlighted against your otherwise-humdrum furniture.

emoticon screws

patterned hinges

patterned brackets

Most of the pieces are brightly-colored and playful, including emoticon screws that will literally add a smile to your furniture. Other screws are cartoonishly oversized so they definitely can’t be overlooked. Other pieces in the collection are a little more subtle but still boast a quirky kind of personality, like the metal brackets and hinges that sport unique cut-out patterns.

flatmesh nail

smashed flatmesh nails

nail holder

We especially love the FlatMesh nail that comes with a smashable head. When you hammer it into a piece of wood with a special wooden mallet, the head flattens into a unique pattern. Each nail head takes on a different look after it’s smooshed into place. And for the clumsy-handed rehabber, there’s the plastic Nail Holder that keeps you from whacking your fingers with a hammer.

big screws

colorful hinges

glow in the dark nails

One of the most potentially useful parts of the collection is a set of glow-in-the-dark nails. Besides being decorative, they’ll keep you from walking into your furniture in the middle of the night. Every piece in the collection challenges the traditional ideas of what hardware should look like while maintaining – or even improving – the functionality of each item.

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