While they may not seem like the most important consideration at first, your door handles are one of the most noticeable finishing touches for those decorating a home, adding a polished, professional look to your rooms. Depending on your interior design, there are all sorts of different shapes and sizes you can go for to keep your woodwork in line with the rest of your theme. Here’s a quick guide to give you the information and inspiration you need to keep your rooms looking tip-top!
There are three main types of handle:
Levers on backplate:
Traditional L-shaped door handles with a rectangular metal backplate. These are generally used inside for communal living areas, and can be fitted with or without locks. It’s a good idea to note that these aren’t ideal for busy doorways, as you might find that people get caught on them while walking back and forth! Ornate handles like the Tudor Lever from Ironmongery Direct are ideal for boutique-style designs or classic old-world styles.
Levers on rose:
Similar to the levers on backplate, the main difference being that the backplate is small and round, giving far less of an impression on the woodwork. This is ideal for more contemporary, minimalist designs, where less really is more. It’s worth bearing in mind that you will need a separate locking mechanism (an escutcheon) for this if required, but it should still take up less space on the door and give it a far more modern look.
These doorknobs are dome-shaped or spherical compared to the levers, and are becoming more popular in the home, mostly in bedrooms which are considered less “communal” areas and are therefore given a more personal touch by the occupant. Again, an escutcheon is usually required for this kind of handle if desired.
It’s worth bearing in mind the accessibility of your home, especially when fitting handles. Mortice knobs may be difficult for children or older people to gain leverage on, while poorly measured or fitted handles will have the same effect, making the door stiffer to open. If this is a concern in your home, look out for handles that are DDA-compliant – these are rigorously tested to ensure usability. While fitting the new handles, be aware of where they are situated, and check each handle to make sure people are not likely to scrape their knuckles – or damage the handles themselves!