Choosing the right interior doorknob is all about mixing function with aesthetics.
There are a lot of options when it comes to building materials for doorknobs, so it can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to pick all the right hardware. That’s why Fisher Lumber and Hardware made this helpful guide when you need to decide which interior doorknob is right for you.
Choosing the Right Interior Doorknob: Consider the Door’s Operation
Choosing the right interior doorknob will depend on how the door functions, and you have to make sure that you select the right hinges. If your door swings, you will almost always need to use butt hinges. Taller or heavier doors, though, may work the best on pivots. If you have a sliding door it will need to be on a track, and a pocket door will be installed using a pocket door kit. Once you know how your door is going to be installed, you can then decide on the finishes and building materials. After that, you can start to look at the actual doorknob itself.
Choosing a Lock Function for a Doorknob
When selecting a doorknob, it’s important to determine the level of privacy and protection you want your door to provide. If you have an office or closet where you store valuables, you will want to consider installing a door that can lock with a key. If you have a bedroom or bathroom where you don’t want a lock but just want extra privacy, most homeowners will install a push-button on the doorknob.
Choosing a Finish for a Doorknob
As we previously mentioned, there are a lot of building materials that can be used for your doorknob. Doorknobs come in a variety of styles and finishes, but standard brass and chrome are generally the most popular finishes. There are still alternative options, however, so you will be able to perfectly match your doorknob to the décor of your home. When you have decided on a color for your doorknob, you will then need to decide if you want a polished or brushed finish. If you have a young and active family, keep in mind that polished finishes will normally show scratches and fingerprints more easily than brushed finishes. A friendly staff at your local hardware store can help you figure out exactly what’s best for you!
Choosing Traditional Options
While you may like the idea of your home standing out with a unique doorknob, you have to remember that you may sell your home down the road. You don’t want anything too out there to scare away potential homebuyers, so it’s best to focus on classic styles that fit your home.
Fisher Lumber and Hardware
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