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Choosing Door Handles and Hardware For Your Internal Doors


You have picked out the perfect door to compliment your home and you are now choosing door handles and hardware to match. There is an overwhelming choice of styles and it can be tricky to choose the right styles for your home.  Door handles, knobs or levers all need to be functional as well as stylish.


A & T Carpentry give you their top 10  tips on choosing door handles and hardware for your internal doors.

Tip No.1

What is your door used for?  Determine the function of your internal door. Is it a bedroom door, bathroom door, closet door, or a general access door? The door’s function will help you choose the appropriate hardware, such as locks, handles, and hinges.

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Tip. No2

What is your door made of? Consider the material of your door. Internal doors are commonly made of wood, but they can also be made of other materials like composite or metal. The door’s material may impact the type of hardware you need, especially in terms of weight and compatibility.

Tip No.3

Style and Design: Choose hardware that matches the overall style and design of your interior. Consider the existing decor, architectural style, and finishes in your home. You can select from a wide range of options, including different finishes, styles, and decorative elements.  Are you wanting  a traditional look or a contemporary sleek design to match the style of your doors and decor? 

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Tip No. 4

Door Handles or knobs? Select door handles or knobs that are comfortable to use and suit your preferences. You can choose between lever handles, knob handles, or even push/pull handles depending on your needs and aesthetic preferences.  Door knobs are slightly more traditional but are also more difficult for children (and some cheeky pets!) to open which may a safety feature you wish to consider. You are less likely to catch clothes on door knobs and they are more ‘friendly’ if you bump into them than door handles. Door handles offer more leverage for those with limited hand or arm strength. They are also easier to open with an elbow if you have your arms full! Persistent pets and children will also find door handles easier to use!  Also bear in mind that the orientation of the levers will need to match the door depending on wether it opens out to the left or right.

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Tip No. 5

Locks and Security: Assess your security requirements. For internal doors, privacy may be a factor to consider in areas like bedrooms and bathrooms. Consider options such as privacy locks or bathroom locks. If you require higher security for certain rooms or valuable possessions, you may opt for key locks or even electronic locks.

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Tip No. 6

Hinges: Choose hinges that can support the weight and size of your door. Typically, three hinges are used for solid wood internal doors, but this may vary based on the door’s dimensions and weight. Ensure that the hinges are durable and well-made to ensure smooth operation.  If you have brass handles then match them with brass hinges for a seamless finish. The butt hinge is the standard choice but for traditional builds such as cottages butterfly, H or T hinges.

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Tip No. 7

Accessories: Consider additional accessories such as door stops, latches, and flush bolts. These can enhance the functionality and convenience of your internal door. Door stops will stop fiery teenagers potentially opening doors with such force that the handles pierce the partition wall behind it. FLush bolts can be a cheaper alternative to privacy locks and are a little easier to fit yourself. 

Tip No. 8

Budget: Determine your budget for door hardware. Prices can vary significantly based on the quality, brand, and design. It’s important to strike a balance between your desired features and your budget. Brass door fittings can be three times the cost of budget friendly silver or gold plated alternatives. 

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internal door durability

Tip No. 9

Quality and Durability: Invest in hardware that is of good quality and durability. Internal doors are frequently used, so it’s important to choose hardware that can withstand regular wear and tear.  Oil and dirt from hands can gradually dull the finish of door fittings.

Tip No. 10

Seek Professional Advice: If you’re unsure about the right hardware for your internal door, consult with professionals such as A & T Carpentry They can provide valuable insights and help you make an appropriate selection.

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