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Dummy Doors

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Previously, we featured some of our beautiful door hardware, but didn’t delve into the types of hardware options we offer. Let’s look a bit more closely at the various types, so that placing your order will be a breeze. In this post, we’ll focus on interior doors only, but will address entryway or exterior doors next.There are four main types of doorknobs to consider when deciding what you need for your home. These descriptions will help you sort out your needs.

First, single dummy knobs consist of a knob only on one side of the door. These would be appropriate for a closet door with a magnetic or ball catch or on a bi-fold door.

single dummy

Solid Brass Round Dummy Door Knob (Georgian Roped Plate Polished Chrome)

The second type of doorknob is the double dummy style, consisting of a knob on each side of the door, but do not turn or operate a latch mechanism. An example of where these might be used would be on french doors.

Passage style knobs are a third type of doorknob we have available. These are a pair of knobs, one on each side of the door, which turn and operate a latch mechanism. These most often are used on closet doors, french doors, or doors that include a separate deadbolt.

Our last option is traditionally used for bedroom and bathroom doors. The privacy style doorknobs turn, latch, and offer a locking mechanism. This type may be unlocked from the outside in an emergency by using a long push pin.

Solid Brass Round Functioning Door Knob (Georgian Roped Plate Polished Chrome)

Whatever your door needs, we offer a wide variety of interior styles. All the types mentioned above are available in a variety of materials and finishes, such as Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze, designed  to match your home decor. Hopefully this information assists you in deciding which doorknobs you need to upgrade your home.


Written by booksnbeaches

July 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Deabolt and Key

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Just to prove to everyone that we carry a little bit of everything, and like to show what we find interesting, take a look at this piece.  This deadbolt style lock comes complete with key, skeleton of course, so it will be ready to use as soon as it is installed!  Of course, you may need to adapt your door to fit this style of keyhole; it’s not exactly something that is very common nowadays.

This style of piece was quite common back in it’s time around the early 1900’s which is a good thing as well as a bad thing.  The commonality of it made it very affordable, so most every home had a deadbolt lock on it.  This is also the bad side; all of this style lock used a skeleton key, and these keys were a dime a dozen.  Everyone had one or three, and unlike locks of today which rely strictly on a series of groves to distinguish it from its neighbor, they would work in just about any lock.  It made it very easy to borrow a friends key if you accidentally locked yourself out of your house, but didn’t work to well in the idea of safety otherwise.

Skeleton Key Deadbolt

This piece, as amazing as it is, may take us quite awhile to make it available to you. First, we will have to make sure the original is in good working order, and once it is, we have to completely dissect it, making clear notes of what goes where.  This is so when we are finally able to make molds of all of the parts, we know just how to re-assemble it.  Then of course, we will have to test each and every replica to make sure they are in perfect working order as well.   Fortunately, they usually aren’t too complex mechanics wise, and it should be a fun project.

Written by antiqueswriter

March 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Creating an Entryway Set

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Installing or replacing an entryway set is an important step in creating the tone of your home for visitors. It may seem like a small decision but the style and design of your front (and back) doorknobs will set up an expectation of what to expect inside. Doorknobs also serve as a focal point of design and should be match to or at least complement any existing hardware that may be currently installed on the door. Remember that the front door of the home is the first impression your guests will have and a great opportunity to bring the personality and style from the inside out to show the world.

Think of the front door as a business card for the home. The smallest details can make the biggest impact in setting the environment and overall tone. A scratched, dented, or hard to turn doorknob implies a lack of care and concern over the upkeep of the house. Whereas doorknobs that are beautiful (this does not mean ornate necessarily) and function smoothly will greatly enhance the overall appearance of your entryway and the exterior of your home in general.

Exterior doorknobs typically require some type of locking mechanism to prevent unwanted visitors or trespassers from entering the home without permission. A deadbolt is utilized to ensure added protection because most interior locking doorknobs are designed with a “safety” lock that can be opened from the outside in case of emergencies. A deadbolt, however, requires a key on either one (most popular) or both sides to lock or unlock the door. Multiple deadbolts can be keyed the same so that only one key is required to unlock all the exterior doors on one building.

Deadbolts can either be attached to a larger entryway set or a separate component. Many modern homes have a passage style doorknob and separate deadbolt – this is easier of install and replace later if needed. Deadbolts should be a solid construction material such as brass or steel (solid not plated) to avoid be broken or bypassed. If possible do not install the deadbolt next to or within reach of any windows as trespassers could break the glass and unlock the deadbolt from inside.

Doorknobs are available in a wide variety of materials ranging from glass to solid brass. Depending on the application a heavier duty material may be required (many public buildings or businesses for example would benefit from stronger materials that will be more resistant to damage and standard wear and tear). A private home could use most materials without fear of breaks or damage.

Create a unified look for your front door by installing a coordinating kick plate and door knocker with your new entryway set. Don’t be afraid to introduce new patterns and designs to your front door because these will only enhance the beauty – not deter from it. Pay attention to the thickness of the door, backset and any existing holes before ordering replacements because not all door hardware is designed for every door. If you are unsure, ask a contractor or designer for additional assistance.

Solid Brass Deadbolts

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Arts & Crafts Deadbolt

Installing a high quality deadbolt is an important step towards increasing the overall security of your home or business. A deadbolt, in its most basic definition, is a locking mechanism that requires a key to lock and unlock the mechanism. This differs from a “spring-bolt lock” which simply requires force to be placed on the bolt to unlock the mechanism (such as rotating the knob). Although a deadbolt serves a practical function there is no reason it can’t be coordinated with your existing hardware to enhance an existing theme in your entryway hardware.

Deadbolts come in two types: single cylinder and double cylinder. Most homes use a single cylinder deadbolt which utilizes a twist knob on the interior side of the door to lock and unlock the mechanism and a key for the exterior. A double cylinder deadbolt will use a key on either side (this is frequently used in commercial warehouses). Solid brass construction ensures high quality and durability over time.

A deadbolt, even as a separate component, should be treated as a set with the doorknob. Choosing the same finish for both the knob and deadbolt can go a long way towards coordinating the hardware on your door. If you are looking to create a theme (and this can include your knocker, doorbell, hinges, or kick plate as well) try choosing similar designs as well. As mentioned previously, deadbolts come in several patterns and can be easily integrated into existing door hardware. Popular patterns include Georgian Roped, Colonial, Beaded and Arts & Crafts motifs.

Solid brass deadbolts include several great features including optional finishes (Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze) and keying multiple locks the same. This is a great option if you are replacing multiple deadbolts and don’t want extra to carry extra keys. The solid brass construction will increase durability against natural wear and tear (such as scratching or dents).

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of deadbolts and they offer free design assistance and help. Be sure to ask questions like can this style be keyed the same and what finishes are available. A deadbolt is an essential component of any home security system and that is why it is important to choose a high quality lock.