Friday, March 26, 2010

Reader Request: Ferrules

A reader was interested to know what was the official name for those metal furniture end caps. She's interested in adding some to her furniture and had only been able to find the type with caster wheels. This was a mutual interest for both of us because I'm missing one on my desk that I found via a post by Domicidal Maniac. Here's a pic of a leg with one - before refinishing.

Well after a bit of research I found out what designers probably already know - it turns out they're called ferrules. These examples are from Paxton Hardware if you happen to be in search of some, although I'm sure other companies carry them. Paxton has an informative guide for measuring the size you need here.


I think ferrules give a nice finishing touch to certain types of furniture. Love them on this Sasha side table by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair.
On another note, don't forget to plan on going to the DC Design House which is taking place April 10 - May 9th. I've heard from a reliable source that it's going to be terrific!

9 comments:

The Zhush said...

That side table is gorgeous. The little details, like "ferrules" (had no idea...just learned this here) are the best part and the most fun for me!

pve design said...

I found a side table / card table years ago with 'ferrules" on wheels. I must take a photo to send to you! Your readers are smart to request info from you!
pve

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I didn't know the proper name for these. I learn something new in blogoshpere every day! Cannot wait to get inside the design house!

Living It At Home said...

I love the little detail ferrules add to furniture and to a room. Great info!

Happy weekend!

~jamilyn

Emom said...

Oh thank you what a great gift to know where to find these....happy weekend! smiles.

maison21 said...

uh oh- i've been calling them "sabots", which a google search only returns two entires for. not so good...

i'd better start leaning "ferrule" ;-)

Debra Phillips said...

a new obsession....ferrules....who knew! now i want them on everything, oh no!
debra

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

This is actually a great idea to give a piece of furniture that small detail.

Great idea. Kudos to the reader.

I am a follower now!

Mr. Goodwill Huntig
http://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com

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