Everything You Need to Know about Hardware for Internal Doors
Hardware for internal doors is just as important as the door itself. After all, how are you going to open the door without a handle?
The hardware that you choose for your door needn’t be expensive, but good quality hardware far outweighs the cheaper options. You can save a few pennies by purchasing an inexpensive handle, but they deteriorate very quickly. We find that a mid-range handle – something that looks good, but hasn’t cost you the earth – is the best piece of hardware for your door. They’re durable, stylish, and have a long lifespan.
In this article, we aren’t just going to discuss handles. We’re going to talk about all the types of hardware that you can get for your internal doors. Our goal is that when you’ve finished this article, you’ll have the knowledge to be able to purchase your door hardware with confidence.
Now, let’s take a look at the different types of hardware for internal doors…
Your door’s hardware consists of:
Internal Door Handles
Door handles are the staple of any door. There’s a lot of fun to be had when attempting to open a door without a handle, but really, your internal door needs a handle.
There are so many types of door handles that it can become a challenge to find “the right one”. We guarantee that the door handle that you’ve been looking for is somewhere out there – there are that many to choose from! The only thing that we’d advise to you is that you don’t sacrifice quality over price.
Although these handles are for indoor purposes and security isn’t as essential as handles for an external door, we guarantee that your internal door handles see more action. This means that they’ll deteriorate quicker than your external door handle. Yes, your internal door handles don’t need to be weather resistant, but they need to be sturdy.
Purchasing a cheap door handle is fine if that is what fits your budget, but we’d advise that you increase your budget slightly for door handles. If you can’t increase your budget, do some research to ensure that the handles that you do choose are the sturdiest option available.
The reason we’d always advise spending a little more on door handles is down to their durability. Internal doors are open and closed a lot. If you purchase a set of cheap handles it’s likely to cost you more in the long run. They can break fairly easily. What’s more, we’re sure you won’t be too pleased when the handle comes off the door in your hand and you’re trapped in a room.
As for design, internal door handles are found mainly in your usual styles of traditional, modern, brass, gold, and silver; however, there are handles out there that will suit every interior design.
Internal Door Knobs
Door knobs are known to be the traditional form of a door handle; however, door knob’s have one great quality that makes them shine over door handles. Door knobs are perfect for those with mischievous pets and young children.
Door handles are effectively levers. They make opening a door for children and pets a lot simpler than a doorknob. The twisting motion of a doorknob means that young children and pets aren’t able to open the door by themselves (or, it makes it very tricky for them anyway!).
Door knobs come in many styles, shapes, and sizes. And, like door handles, it’s always safer to spend a little bit more on them. Door knobs experience a lot of traffic, and with their twisting motion, make it quite easy for them to break. Investing a little more cash into your internal door knobs vastly reduces the risk of the doorknob breaking.
Internal Door Locks and Latches
Not many internal doors have locks and latches; however, this doesn’t mean that they can’t. If you want to be able to lock an internal door, such as a bathroom, installing a lock and latch is really simple.
For internal doors, locks and latches are inexpensive. Your lock doesn’t need to be anything fancy, and you don’t need to purchase something as sophisticated as a lock for external doors. Internal door locks are wanted to give yourself some privacy from other people in your household. This rules out the need for a sturdy lock that will hold up against extreme force.
Internal Door Hinges
Similar to locks and latches, you don’t need to spend a fortune on hinges for your internal doors; however, we’d advise that you don’t purchase too cheaply. Your internal doors are not installed for security purposes, and so they don’t need to be incredibly durable, although they do experience a lot of foot traffic. If you don’t keep your doors open all the time, the opening and closing of the door will often occur as people pass through rooms. This is why, for hinges, we’d go with a middle-of-the-road hinge.
Luckily, the majority of doors come with hinges to match the size and shape of the door, so instead of purchasing new hinges, you can use the ones that come with it. Having your door’s hinges come with the door is great for easy installation, too. All you need to do is follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Internal door furniture comes in the form of coat hooks and door stops.
Coat hooks are a great way to make use of the vertical space that your door occupies. If you’re opting for coat hooks as a way to hang up jackets and bags easily, we’d advise that you install your hooks on doors that open to a cupboard. This keeps doors to rooms free from clutter.
Door stops are a great way to prevent doors and door handles from your walls.
We advise that you spend a little extra money and purchase a door stop that is attached to your skirting board rather than a door stop that you slide under your door. A door stop that slides under your door can easily be forgotten about. It’s also a trip hazard when the door is closed and the door stop isn’t in use.
A door stop that is connected to your skirting board is a more permanent solution for protecting your door and wall from damage. These door stops have magnetic ends which connect to the other magnetic end that is attached to the door. These two ends connect and hold the door open. As they’re magnetic, it’s really easy to pull the door away from the stopper when you want to close it.