Home furniture is only as strong and high-quality as its fasteners. Whether for new furniture or repairs, the fasteners must be strong enough to withstand wear from years of use—your brand’s reputation depends on it. At Associated Fastening, we provide custom and standard furniture fasteners for different furniture styles, weight capacities, and budgets. Learn more about the key considerations when selecting the right fasteners, as well as the main types of furniture screws, nuts, and bolts.

Considerations for Furniture Fasteners

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing furniture hardware fasteners for different jobs. For example, furniture repair companies may need to source reverse-engineered special fasteners to replace obsolete components. OEMs must choose the right hardware depending on the type of furniture. Specific considerations that should guide your selection process include:

  • The materials of the furniture itself
  • Whether you are fastening together like materials (e.g., wood to wood) or unlike materials (e.g., metal to cloth)
  • Regulatory standards or industry requirements that your furniture or services need to meet
  • Any relevant safety requirements

Types of Fasteners for Home Furnishings

At Associated Fastening, we design and manufacture a wide selection of different furniture fasteners and hardware used in home furnishings of all styles. Below is an overview of the two most common categories of furniture hardware we supply.

Furniture Screws and Bolts

Screws have threaded shafts that twist into a hole, where the threads provide additional locking or fastening power. Technicians can install screws with a manual or powered screwdriver, and the pointed end makes it easier to drive the screw into the assembly. Bolts are similar, but they go into pre-drilled or threaded holes and don’t require a pointed end.

Many different types of bolts can be used in home furnishing construction and repairs, such as:

  • Confirmat Screws: These screws have a tapered shaft with a slightly bulbous end near the top. They’re ideal for use in chipboard furniture and countersunk, pre-drilled pilot holes.
  • Chipboard Screws: Chipboard screws are another common choice for wood and chipboard furniture. These wood furniture fasteners are generally fully threaded and have a countersunk head for a flush finish.
  • Connecting Screws: These screws consist of a hollow, threaded shaft and a matching bolt that can tighten into the interior of the shaft. These screws secure together parallel panels.
  • Joint Connector Bolts: These steel connectors can hold furniture assemblies in place with a mating fastener such as a cross dowel or connector cap.
  • Hanger Bolts: Hanger bolts are threaded on both ends so two mating surfaces can be screwed into position around the bolt.

Furniture Nuts

Furniture nuts are used in conjunction with bolts and screws to hold a part of the furniture. With an internal thread, the nut tightens against the other fastener head to pinch it in place. Nuts are ideal for high-vibration furniture applications. Some of the most common types of nuts are:

  • Hex Nuts: Hex nuts have a hexagonal exterior and can tighten into place along a screw or bolt shaft.
  • Insert Nuts: Insert nuts have exterior ridges or barbs that bite into the material for extra hold.
  • Propel Nuts: Propel nuts or propeller nuts are specially designed to provide a longer hold.
  • T-Nuts: T-nuts have female threads and can fasten together wood or particleboard pieces.
  • Weld Nuts: Weld nuts can be welded to a component surface when you can’t drill or tap a hole through it.

Contact Us for Furniture Hardware Fasteners

With over 30 years in the hardware business, Associated Fastening delivers high-quality fasteners for a wide range of home furnishing products. We supply a worldwide OEM market with our specialized hardware and reliable customer service. Contact us today to learn more about our manufacturing processes and inventory, or request a quote for pricing details.