Choosing Interior Door Hardware Choosing Interior Door Hardware

What You'll Need
Door lock
Door closer
Pen and paper

Interior door hardware can make such a difference to a room. Interior door hardware not only includes elements that add style and decoration to your room, but it also includes things that lend itself to proper safety and security needs. Do not take the selection of interior door hardware lightly because it can make all the difference in the utilization of your space. Below you will find a how to guide about choosing interior door hardware.

Step 1 - Determine Your Physical Requirements

Are there special requirements that you need to consider to meet various physical needs. For example, if you are someone that has developed arthritis or if you are someone that has a problem with manual dexterity, then you may wish to consider a type of hardware that has handle pulls rather than knobs. Handles make it easier to open and close a door for someone that has trouble gripping a knob. There may be other physical requirements that must be met in order to give you the most flexibility and freedom in using your interior door hardware.

Step 2 - Determine Color and Finish

To meet some of your style needs and decor requirements, lay out what your color and finish requirements. Door hardware comes in many different colors and finishes. You can choose something shiny and you can choose a handle that is dull. If you like chrome, then pick hardware that is in this material. If you prefer hardware that is made with a black finish, then write this down as one of your requirements.

Step 3 - Choosing Hinges

To hang your door, you need hinges. Hinges come in a variety of sizes, colors and widths and heights. You need to select a hinge that not only fits with your decorations, but also fits for form an function so you can adequately open and close the door at hand. If you are outfitting a door that gets a lot of traffic, consider purchasing a continuous hinge.

Step 4 - Choose a Locking Device

Choose a locking device that meets your needs. The locking device you choose needs to meet your security requirements. There are many different types of locking devices available for interior doors. For example, you can pick what is called a cylindrical lock. These types of locks are generally installed with a 2 or 3 inch hole. They are your most standard lock. For additional security you can always install a mortise lock. They are installed within the pocket of the door.

Step 5 - Pick Door Operation Hardware

Depending on the door's location, you may wish to purchase hardware that helps to control how the door operates. For example, a door closer will aide in the operation of closing the door. It usually will prevent hard slamming of doors and will always make sure the door securely closes in place.



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