Door hardware is the the hand shake of your home. Door handles/knobs can change the entire feel of your home. Door hardware is not just for Victorian homes - it is for every home. When I built my home in 1995, I had the luxury of the builder allowing me to pick my door hardware. I was thrilled! The french levers upgraded the entire house. The builder didn't charge me one cent more! Times have changed and I am certain a premium would be charged today. Yet, the investment in decking our your door is one that will pay back dividends for years to come. Make the hand shake of your home the very best.
Journey with me as we review a couple of premium doorknob manufacturers both here in the United States and also in the UK. Learn about the different types of hardware and check out our how to video to change your your door knobs.
Front Door Hardware
Door Handle Types - Door Hardware
Door Handle Types
Door handle types are either the knob or the lever. The knobs are classic colonial and commonly used in the United States up until a few years ago when the lever emerged in popularity. In Britain, I am told the common door hardware is the lever type.
The door handle type does make a difference if you have dogs. Some dogs are proficient at opening the lever type door handles. One friend of mine, changed out her entire house from lever to knob in order to thwart the dexterity of her Labrador retriever.
Beyond the decorative style of the handle, the functionally of the hardware may be simply for passage or a dummy or may be with the option of security - adding a lock, possibly even a keyed locked.
Door Knob Side Story
There are two types of door hand sets - lever type and knob type. I always think "French" when I see the lever type door hardware set. And for knobs, I cannot help to think of the famous movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks which was written in reference to the book by Mary Norton first published in 1947 - the original name - Bonfires and Broomsticks (published by J & M Dent Sons Ltd).
Door Knob Hardware Styles
Rose - round back plate
Lever - the handle is a lever not a knob
Lever and Rose - Lever handle and a rose back plate
Knob and Rose - Knob handle and a rose back plate
Door Hardware Finishes
- Polished Brass
- Antique Brass
- Satin Brass
- Polished Bronze
- Tudor Bronze
- Satin Nickel
Brass Door Hardware
M-Marcus - UK Based Manufacturer
M-Marcus is an UK based manufacturer who offers a complete line of both furniture hardware and fittings in addition to the door hardware. Additionally, they carry security hardware including panic hardware. Made of exceptional quality with the attention to detail in style and ease of function. They even offer door knockers.
M-Marcus offers a comprehensive range of door furniture, fittings, levers, knobs, Pull Handles, Letter Plates, Knockers, security products, locks, panic hardware
Phylrich - US Based Manufacturer - Owned by Elkay
Phylrich - Read Jewels for Your Door
Phylrich (pronounced Feel Rich - very appropriate don't you think?) offers an extensive line of door knob, lever and accessories for your home in semi-precious jewels. Tiger's eye, agate, marble and the list goes on and on. Coordinating pieces such as towel rack and robe hooks complete the luxurious design for your home.
More Jewels for Your Home - Swarvorski Door Knobs
While Phylrich is rare and extravagantly beautiful, another luxurious option is crystal. Swarvorski cut crystal for chandeliers is where we traditionally think of crystal and yet crystal knobs offer a transcendence into a luxurious home environment.
Swarovski Door Knobs
Door Hardware - The Handshake of Your Home
Replace Door Knob
Replace Door Hardware
Replacing your door hardware is a relatively simple task as the video to the right details. The old adage of measure twice, cut once still even to this day rings true.
Door Hardware Diagram of Parts
Components of Door Hardware
Door hardware is not just for Victorian homes - it is for every home.
Door Hardware on Amazon
Renovation or even staging your home for a quicker sale, whatever the purpose, the design is in the details. Your home's décor is set against a backdrop of furniture and wall colors and also the style of your door hardware. Whether you are seeking a casual style, or opting for a classic design, or perhaps modern is more your style, door hardware is not reserved for just Victorian glass knobs. Door hardware set the tone for your home's décor.
Remember, your door hardware is your home's handshake.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on May 01, 2012:
Maintenance is key for all things, especially a large garage door.
garagedoorsseattl on April 25, 2012:
At period, scarcely cleaning or lubricating the rollers helps a destiny to smoothen the movement of the gate of New garage doors seattle
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on August 27, 2011:
It is amazing what a difference a new door knob or lever can make in the appearance of your home. Levers are also great for people with arthritis, since they can be easier to handle.