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Updated on November 3, 2014

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

front door hardware - stately and classic
front door hardware - stately and classic | Source

Door Handle Types - Door Hardware

Lever on Rose Door Hardware
Lever on Rose Door Hardware | Source
Lever on Plate Door Hardware
Lever on Plate 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

  • Brass
  • Polished Brass 
  • Antique Brass 
  • Satin Brass 
  • Bronze 
  • Polished Bronze
  • Tudor Bronze
  • Nickel
  • Satin Nickel
  • Chrome


Brass Door Hardware

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beautiful brass door hardwareclassic brass door hardware
beautiful brass door hardware
beautiful brass door hardware | Source
classic brass door hardware
classic 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.

Phylrich - US Based Manufacturer - Owned by Elkay

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Door hardware cut crystal and brass French lever style
Door hardware cut crystal and brass French lever style
Door hardware classic brass French lever style
Door hardware classic brass French lever style | Source
Door hardware classic silver knob style
Door hardware classic silver knob style
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich
Door hardware by Phylrich

Phylrich

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

Door Hardware diagram of parts
Door Hardware diagram of parts | Source

Components of Door Hardware

components of door hardware in diagram form
components of door hardware in diagram form | Source

Is door hardware important in your home's renovation plans

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Door hardware is not just for Victorian homes - it is for every home.

Summary

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.

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    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Maintenance is key for all things, especially a large garage door.

    • garagedoorsseattl profile image

      garagedoorsseattl 

      6 years ago

      At period, scarcely cleaning or lubricating the rollers helps a destiny to smoothen the movement of the gate of New garage doors seattle

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      Deborah-Diane 

      6 years ago from Orange County, California

      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.

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