Give Your Home a New Look With Door Hardware
By J Richardson
We spend hours a day fixing ourselves – from showering, shaving, putting on makeup, adding gel to your hair – you name it! Isn’t it about time you gave your home a makeover? The great thing about some home renovations is that they are even easier and less time consuming than it takes to make ourselves look presentable. One of the easiest ways to update your home quickly and efficiently on a low or small budget is to replace your existing door hardware.
Make a Statement
Just like the 80’s are associated with big hair and leg warmers, your home should make a statement-both indoors and out. Set the tone and style of your home by adding a sophisticated, decorative outside door knob. Outdoor door hardware typically includes a door knocker and knob, so choose wisely. Be sure to opt for a finish that can withstand all the elements – from harsh winters to blistering hot summers (unless you live in a fair-weathered area). Backdoor door hardware can be less decorative and more relaxed, especially if the door will be opened and slammed shut (usually by children). When considering back door pieces, choose a metal material that is sturdy and will not crack under serious use. Additionally, if you have any sliding doors that allow entry from the interior to the exterior, be sure that the hardware matches to the room it is opening toward; outdoor door handles probably will look out of place and awkward in a family room or kitchen.
Choose a Style
Not all door knobs and levers are made alike. Before purchasing sets of door handles, consider the function of the door that you are renovating. Decorative doors should not be equipped with a thumb-pad locking mechanism, nor should bathroom doors feature a false door knob or a lever without a lock. For all doors, however, consider what level of privacy you’d like. Bathrooms and bedrooms should be equipped with keyless locking knobs or levers. For medicine cabinets and certain closets, key entry door accessories might be appropriate especially to help keep children safe.
For interior sliding doors or shelves, drawer pulls are idea. Be sure to purchase a size that allows for quick and easy access; try to be aware of the size of the drawer pull you are purchasing. Smaller finger wells make access somewhat harder and tedious. Finally, for rarely used areas, a matching dead bolt lock might be suitable in places such as basements, rarely used closets and attics.
Get the Accessories
When renovating your home, you might overlook the smaller details that go with door hardware. These accessories include door hinges, screws, latches, keys, floor registers and door jams. Be sure to coordinate styles, materials and finishes to help create a cohesive, designer look. Materials typically used for door handle sets and their accessories include chrome, nickel, copper, stainless steel, glass (clear or colored) or iron. Finishes generally used outdoors are weathered, burnished or tinted. Indoor finishes most used are satin or polished. If you aren’t sure what you like, try out a few “test” knobs with their matching accessories to see what will best suit the needs of each of your rooms.
Touch of Elegance
If you have a particularly flexible budget, you might want to consider newer, more stylish forms of door hardware. Newly designed door knob sets include keyless entry with either digital or mechanical entry options. No matter what style, these forms of door hardware are ultra secure and are idea for safe boxes, vaults and other guarded or potentially dangerous areas. The keypad itself features numeric values that you can “punch” in to obtain entry. For maximum security, some of these handle sets also feature a keyed entry so that no one person can enter without the code or the key.