How to Install a Front Door Knocker

  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-100
What You'll Need
Tape measure or yard stick
Power drill with drill bit
Door knocker and hardware

As an old fashioned alternative to a doorbell, a door knocker is fairly easy to install provided your home has the type of front door necessary. Door knockers come in a variety of styles, shapes, sizes and materials. Whether you are going for an art deco look or something more traditional, you will be able to find a door knocker that matches your sensibilities. The most important condition to meet when you are considering a door knocker is the type of door. A door knocker should be positioned at a level between the eye and the shoulder. In order for this to be possible, that area of your door must be solid and not glass. If this is the case with your front door, this how-to will walk you through the installation process.

Step 1: Determine Position of Door Knocker

Decide how high you want the door knocker to sit on the door. As mentioned, ideally it should be between eye and shoulder level. Make a light mark on the door with the pencil at the desired vertical level.

Step 2: Find Horizontal Center Point

With the tape measure or yard stick, measure horizontally across the door at the level of the pencil mark on the door. Determine the width of the door. Halve this amount and at the exact center of the door, make a mark. Align this second mark with the first and make an X that represents the center at the right height.

Step 3: Make a Circle with a Compass

If the door knocker is circular in shape, all the better. If not, measure the thickness and width of the knocker plate. Set a compass so that the radius either matches that of the circular knocker or reaches beyond the edge of the non-circular knocker. Position the needle on the X and draw a very light circle.

Step 4: Position the Door Knocker

Within this circle, position the door knocker so that the two screw holes are level as well as the knocker handle itself. Through the two-level holes place the pencil, making marks on the door in the exact places the screws will be inserted.

Step 5: Drill Pilot Holes

With the power drill and a small drill bit, make two pilot holes in the door. They need not be more than 1/2 inch deep. Put the screws into the holes and turn them 2 or 3 times. Remove them.

Step 6: Attach the Door Knocker

Erase any visible pencil marks. Place the door knocker in position and insert the first screw a couple of turns. Do the same for the second screw. Making sure the plate is level, turn the screws all the way into the door, alternating back and forth until both are tight and the knocker is secured to the door.

You have just successfully installed a door knocker on your front door, giving your home an old-fashioned alternative to a doorbell not to mention an attractive fixture that stands out.