A well-rounded front door is an asset to any building. It keeps the building safe, allows quick entry and exit, and can be a way of signaling what’s inside. For example, a glass door indicates transparency and modernity. Visitors cannot use a door without handles, though; this guide will suggest a few pointers to keep in mind while picking the right handle set.
Style and form
An important consideration is the architecture of the building and the style of the door involved. Is it an elegant Italian-inspired apartment or a classy glass-fronted office? A solid wooden library door or a functional steel entryway? What kinds of door handles do similar surrounding buildings use? Most door handle sets come in two broad varieties: handles that use glossy textures and curved lines and a boxy, clean-edged variety suitable for more austere environments. Finishes (such as gold, silver, and bronze) should match or otherwise complement the door’s overall palette.
Ease of use for all
A door that can’t be used by everyone fails to serve its purpose. To that end, the fitter should consider the door’s intended users when deciding between handle sets with a knob and a lever. Smaller hands and those with accessibility issues may not be able to use tulip knobs as well, so a lever might be more appropriate where children or older adults are more likely to use the door. Similarly, as knobs tend to be more slippery than levers, consider a lever where wet hands are likely to touch the door, such as in a poolhouse.
Keeping safety in mind
Security is one of the central functions of a handle set. They come with a lock and keys, which help engage a deadbolt when locked. Some locksets come double-keyed for extra security, using two bolts to ensure the door stays locked. However, if security is not a concern (the handle set is for a patio door or the like, where a lock isn’t required), there are handle sets without a bolt as well, or with smaller latches designed more to keep the door shut than to lock it.
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