4 Questions to answer when picking a door handle
1. What is your budget? As with any interior design project, it’s important to set yourself a budget and stick to it when looking at doors and door handles. If you are looking to replace internal or external doors in your home, or you’re looking for doors for your new build, be sure to allocate a budget for the doors and a separate budget for the accessories – your door handles, locks and latches. Set yourself a maximum and minimum budget but do remember that cheaper door handles can sometimes lead to problems down the line as they are often easier damaged and may need replaced.
2. What is the style of your home? The next step to choosing a door handle is to consider the style of your home. Your choice of door handle should complement your door and sit well with the overall style, look and feel of your home. For example, a modern apartment or new home may suit a more contemporary chrome finished door handle whereas a country cottage is more likely to work best with traditional brass door handles or even a black cast iron door handle (although these can be expensive).
3. Who is going to be using the handles? Once you have set a budget and decided on your style of door handle the next thing to consider is the end user. Who will be using the door handle in your home or place of business? If you have young children, stainless steel handles can be a good choice as they require less maintenance and don’t lose their shine or colour easily. If you have young kids you may also want a handle that is easy to pull open in rooms like the bathroom. The lever door handle style is the best option here.
4. What is the purpose of the handle? The final thing for you to consider when deciding on a door handle is to think of its purpose. What room is the door handle needed for and what are the requirements of this handle? Does it need a lock (either for internal or external doors) or do you need a latch or batch finish. Decide on the type of finish you need for your door handle and this will help you pinpoint the best type of handle for your door. By following these four steps you will be able to narrow down your choice of door handle. There are many options of door handles available for homeowners so be sure to consider the budget, style of your home, user of the handle and purpose of it. Once you answer these four questions your choice of door handle will be a much easier one.