Choosing the Perfect Door Handle: A Step-by-Step Guide


Choosing the Perfect Door Handle: A Step-by-Step Guide

Choosing your door handles might seem like a small detail, but they can really elevate the look and feel of your home! Our customers often tell us how much more complicated door handles are than they realised - we are here to help! We've put together a guide to walk you through everything you need to consider to find the perfect handle for your doors.

Step 1: Function First

  • Entrance Handles: Secure handles used with a lock. There are several different lock types available, ranging from handles with separate deadlocks, to modern Euro style handles using a standard key, or Traditional Keyhole handles using an old fashioned skeleton key.
  • Privacy Handles: Ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms, these have locking mechanisms for privacy. These are low security locks with an emergency release on the outside.
  • Passage Handles: Perfect for hallways and living areas, these don't have locks and allow easy passage.
  • Dummy Handles: These are purely decorative and don't operate any latching mechanism, often used for wardrobes or the non-active door in a pair of French doors.

Most of our handles come in all of these functions. Some are external or internal only - the options will be shown on the product page. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team!

Step 2: Style Savvy

Now for the fun part - aesthetics! Consider your home's overall design theme:

Classic: Choose a classic style from a range of finishes, simple and understated.

Traditional: Opt for knobs or lever handles with ornate details.

Modern: Choose clean lines to suit a contemporary home.

Step 3: Fit for Purpose

Think about how the handle will be used:

Lever vs Knob: Lever door handles are easier to use, especially for people with limited hand mobility. Door knobs can add a classic touch.

The right handles for your door: French doors, doors with existing handles or particularly thick or thin doors might need certain locks or latches to suit. We can help if you're unsure!

Choosing your backset size: Some of our handles come with different backset size options for their latches or locks. Making the correct selection is important as it will ensure the handle sits in the right place on your door. You can see our instructions on how to measure your backset here.

We are always happy to help you select the correct function and lock or latch for your handle.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Door handles come in various finishes like chrome, brass, nickel, black and many more. Consider what complements your door colour and existing hardware. Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Polished Nickel are popular choices for those wanting a classic or traditional look. Satin Brass, Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Matte Black can give your home a more contemporary look.

You can filter by "Colour/Finish" at the top of any category page to view the options in your preferred finish.

Bonus Tip: Maintain Consistency!

For a cohesive look, try to choose handles that complement each other throughout your home. You can have slight variations, but maintaining a similar style creates a sense of flow. Restoration Online offers a range of other hardware to complement your handles, such as hingesdoor stopswindow hardware and cabinet handles.

Feeling Inspired?

With these steps in mind, you're well on your way to selecting the perfect door handles! Remember, if you're ever unsure, our team is here to help you. Our priority is ensuring customers receive exactly what they need. We are always happy to walk you through the process of selecting the right door handles for your doors. Feel free to get in touch with our team via phone, email or live chat and we can help you find the perfect handles!

Did you know we offer a free door scheduling service?

If you're wanting to replace all the handles in your home but you're not sure which functions, locks and latches to choose, we can put together a quote for you!

Simply contact us with your house plan, door schedule or even just a list of your doors, and your style and finish choices. We may need to ask you a few questions to make sure all the selections are correct.

Happy Choosing!

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