When adding the finishing touches to your room, the right door furniture can make all the difference. There are numerous types of door handles in an array of finishes and making the right choice can be tough. Whilst we all have our own tastes there are some considerations to make before making your final decision.
- Location – Is it an internal or external door? External door handles need to be robust, secure and weatherproof.
- Installation – Will you be fitting it yourself or employing a professional? Ease of installation is important if you don’t have much experience. Look for complete packs that include accessories such as latch spacers to help position the fixings.
- Backplate size – Is it a brand new door or are you replacing an existing handle? To ensure any scratches and scuffs from the old handle are covered, be sure to measure the backplate of the previous handle.
- Replacement or new door – Are you refitting an entire doorway or just replacing the handle? A latch pack contains all the parts needed for a new door and frame and can also be more cost effective than buying all the parts separately.
Below are some different types of door handles.
- Lever on Rose – A compact style well suited to domestic settings. The horizontal lever is fixed onto a small backplate which can be either round or square.
- Lever on Backplate – A larger vertical panel used to fix lever on backplate handles to a door can easily hide marks from previous handles. It also offers extra grip due to its larger size.
- Pull Handle - Usually used on heavier doors as they help to spread the weight of the door, making it easier to open and close.
- Door Knobs - A twist mechanism operates the latch and they can be fitted either to the right or left hand side of the door. Simple and compact they are traditionally round. However they can be oval which offers better grip and some more modern shapes are becoming available.
- Bathroom Handles - Bathroom handles operate a deadbolt system which is very secure and offers privacy. They can either be a complete handle on a backplate which includes the lock, or a separate thumbturn and pull handle or doorknob. Bathroom handles operate a deadbolt system which is very secure and offers privacy. They can either be a complete handle on a backplate which includes the lock, or a separate thumbturn and pull handle or doorknob.
This is an overview of the basics. Abbey Hardware are always happy to help answer any questions and advise you on the best handle for your project.
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