It’s the seemingly small details that can end up taking a room to the next level. Door hardware is one of the easiest ways you can transform your space, with plenty of styles and colors available to add that last finishing touch. Purchasing hardware is usually a long-term commitment, and there are many considerations to take into account. To help you make a decision easier, we have put together our top tips to help you choose the perfect hardware.
The most important thing you can do is measure every potential handle and know the measurements of your door. If you don’t, you can risk the possibility of it not fitting after you have ordered it, as every door handle will be different. You want to compare the measurement of the handle on the door first to see how it would fit. Other notable measurements include the thickness of your door and the “backset.” The backset is the distance from the center of the handle to the edge of the door. You will also want to write down the size of the existing backplate, as the new hardware will cover it.
After you have discussed your budget, staying within a budget can always be a struggle. You want to research the different types of knobs, but two indicators for quality include the weight and material. If the product is heavy, this usually indicates higher quality, no matter how cheap it is. You will want to avoid materials such as plastic, painted knobs, or if the item is hollow. Read the description, and don’t let photos deceive you. It’s highly possible to find high-quality door knobs for a good price; we also recommend taking the time to read the reviews or consult with professionals to ensure you are getting an honest review.
Now we’re at the fun part, choosing the door handle itself. This part is more personal based on preference and style, but also placement. If you are replacing your front door, you are probably looking to have deadbolts or even electronic locks to enter your home. If indoors, your decision is between doorknob or levers, and the number of options is endless. For this part, we recommend you do a lot of research through different catalogs and reviews, look at locks and hinges as well because they are equally as important as the door handles themselves.
If you feel overwhelmed, it’s always good to reach out to professionals to see some products in person. Here at North Shore Door, we are happy to help show you our selection of high-quality finishes. We carry brands such as Emtek and Taymor, both brands are known for affordable and high-quality products. If you would like to learn more or see these products in person (which is always better than ordering online), book a showroom today to learn more or check out our selection of high-quality hardware.
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