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Choosing the right door handles

Skill Level: Beginner

Introduction

When it comes time to decorate, in most cases we think only of paint or wallpaper -and door handles and door knobs are very often treat as an after thought; they are seen as a purely functional objects, hardly given a second thought. But door handles are important, not only from an aesthetics point of view – but from a security point of view also - it is for this reason it’s important to choose the right door furniture and hardware.

The next time you are considering re-decorating, give a thought to some new door handles as well…If you think that the door handles within your home that have seen better days, or maybe don’t match the change of style you have in mind; then follow this step by step guide, see what the options are: you may just find you the very thing you’re looking for.
Choosing the right door handles isn’t quite as easy or straightforward as you might think. You’ll be amazed at just how many different types there are to choose from.
Do you buy your furniture to suit your décor and colour choice, or buy the furniture you like and then change the colour and décor to suit?
People don’t generally choose an armchair without first thinking about how it would fit in with the rest of their furniture and decoration - the same should apply for door handles. Primarily, door handles are the means by which you may enter or leave a room. But the right door furniture will greatly enhance a room’s whole appearance.

 

Think about the theme or style you have, or are changing to

Whether it's the whole house or just a single room, think about the theme or style that you have or are changing to or are considering. Is your preference contemporary, with clean lines, or something a bit more traditional? It’s a good idea to look through a few magazines as you ponder and deliberate – get a few ideas. 

Deciding on a Material

When it comes to choosing a material for your handles, you are certainly going to be spoilt for choice. Most suppliers will have a selection that includes; brass, chrome, wrought iron, acrylic, aluminium, stainless steel, porcelain and glass. Some handles The first thing to consider is the style of the room your door handle will be fitted – look at your colour scheme, furniture and other fittings, are they going to clash?
 
Brass door handles and wrought iron work best in a traditional style home, or one with a country theme; chrome, brushed satin finishes and glass furniture are better suited for the contemporary or minimalistic themed styled rooms. Acrylic handles are great for children’s bedrooms because they are so easy to keep clean.
 
 
 
 
Door handles may be constructed from a combination of materials. There are some very attractive porcelain and brass door handles on the market: the mix of styles and colours and patterns available means whatever your taste, there’ll usually be something to take your fancy.
Actually, the variety of door handles to choose from can be somewhat daunting, so it’s important you get a clear plan of how you want things to look and it goes a little deeper than deciding what the door handle should be made of.

Lever or knob

Although the functional part of the door handle, it is important you make the right choice. Do you want a door handle with straight or stylish curved levers, or do you want an antique effect brass door knob? Consider children: they may struggle with a door knob? But then there’s no risk of getting caught up on door levers. Many people like a door handle with a back plate, also known as a rose, for its function and style, but it’s down to personal preference.

Security Locks

There is an array of door and window security fittings to choose from, with something to suit most situations. A good supplier can advise on the equipment best suited to your needs. Keep in mind though; any fittings you install will only be as effective as the overall strength and integrity of the door and the frame to which they are attached.

Tools you will need:

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