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Choosing Replacement Door Knob Sets for Interior Doors – A Helpful Guide

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Replacing the interior knobs around the home may seem like a simple task at first but as you begin to research the different styles, manufacturers and types available in stores and online, the process may seem slightly daunting. No one wants to choose the “wrong ones” and trying to sort through the different options can be a time consuming task. Organizing your thoughts and taking time to decide in advance what you are looking for will help cut down the time spent going through different options and choosing the style that not only meets your demands but adds value and beauty to your home.

What type of knob do you need?

Knowing and deciding this is the first and foremost task of this project. Before beginning to look at materials or designs know the function. There are four different types of interior door knobs available for interior doors and choosing the right type is very important. Do you need the knob to operate a latch mechanism? Does the door need to lock? Follow the guide below for a brief explanation of the four types of doorknobs available:

Single Dummy Knobs: These consist of a knob on one side of the door. They do not turn or operate a latch mechanism. These are typically used for doors that use a magnetic or ball catch as well as on bi-fold doors.
Double Dummy Knobs: These consist of a knob on each side of the door. They do not turn or operate a latch mechanism. These are typically used on doors that use a magnetic or ball catch or on French doors (opposite a Passage or Privacy set).
Passage Style Knobs: These consist of a pair of knobs that turn and operate a latch mechanism. These are typically used on closet doors, French doors (opposite a Double dummy set) and doors that use a separate deadbolt.
Privacy Style Knobs: These consist of a pair of knobs that turn, operate a latch and can also be locked. These are typically found on Bedroom doors and Bathroom doors. In the event of an emergency, the mechanisms can be unlocked from the outside using a long push pin.

What Material is the Best?

Door knob sets come in a wide variety of materials from stainless steel to glass. Thinner materials will dent and scratch more easily over time and through normal wear and tear (this would include thinner plated metals). Heavy duty materials such as solid brass and cast iron are more resistant to this damage and will ensure higher quality construction. Glass offers a beautiful and historical touch to your doors but does run the risk of breakage when misused.

What Finish Will Match Best?

This depends entirely on what you are attempting to match. Hardware from different manufacturers will vary in appearance (even if the same finish is ordered) so be careful if you are planning to mix and match items from different sources. Use other hardware in the room and around the home as a guide for what finish will match best. If you have a variety of different finishes it is best to choose the dominant finish that will be used in a particular room and match the knob to this finish. Although using the same finish for all the door knobs in your home will help to create a common theme it is not absolutely necessary if finishes in individual rooms varies widely. Some companies offer “mixed finish” door knob sets to help offset this problem.

What Design to Choose?

Choose a pattern that you like and stick with it throughout the home. If a simple roped design works well on your doors it is easy to incorporate this into other areas such as window hardware or cabinets. If your home is an Eastlake design choosing Eastlake style hardware would be an appropriate choice. Research the architectural style of your home for inspiration on designs that will match the existing design elements. There are no strict rules regarding what style needs to be used but there are plenty of options available to inspire a common design.


Written by miznomerz

March 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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  1. I will check out what you said. Really great stuff.


    March 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

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