Your home’s door knobs and handles are commonly overlooked when deciding on the overall aesthetic for your home but these are crucial elements of your design.
Your needs and living environment are just as important as the aesthetic though, and with so many choices, it can be a daunting task to choose just one.
The key aspects to consider are ultimately- functionality, durability, safety and security for your doors and your home.
Here are several types of door knobs and handles and their distinguishing characteristics:
- Chrome, powder-coated steel, aluminium, and marine-grade stainless steel. Use these for exterior doors as they can withstand extreme weather conditions.
- Brushed-finish or matt-powder-coated. These are the easiest types of knobs and handles to clean.
- Gently-curved levers or round knobs. These knobs and handles are the most family-friendly and child-proof.
- Slimline flush inset handles. Use these for cavity doors because they let the panel slide into the recess, which, in turn, removes potential obstacles.
- Lever handles. They are the most ergonomic among knob and handle types because people with mobility issues can easily use them.
- Knobs with backplates. These offer you better security than the usual lockable versions.
- Copper or brass handle.: If you want to live in a germ-free environment, these metal door handles are perfect: they help eliminate bacteria, including the flu virus and E.coli.
- Privacy door knobs. As their name implies, these knobs have a one-way keyless locking mechanism which prevents other people from invading your privacy.
- Bright door hardware. If you have vision problems, you can easily spot bright-coloured door hardware for easier access.
Once you’ve got your door handles chosen, don’t forget to choose the right screen to suit your needs as well.
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