by Maker Media
Home remodeling projects usually conjure up images of dust, plastic over your furniture, the incessant noises of hammers and drills and generally chaos in your home. But not all home do-it-yourself projects have to be this way. One of the easiest ways to update your kitchen design or home design is to simply change the hardware! Believe it or not, your door handles can make – or break-the design and style of your home, so it is important to pay attention to detail when reinstalling door elements.
Step #1: Size Does Matter
When replacing your door hardware, evaluate the size of your door handle. For entrances and exits, it is easier to grip larger sized handles. Whether you are replacing the hardware you already have with the same version, or are considering upgrading your style or size, be sure to write down the size of your hardware. This will prevent too large screws stripping or cracking the wood in your door frame.
Step #2: Add Some Color
While traditional door hardware typically is available in chrome, copper, iron, nickel and brass, there are other options out there. By simply pairing a metal with a unique finish, you can transform your door hardware instantly. Finishes include satin, matte, weathered, polished and antiqued. The combination of metal and finish packs a powerful one-two punch in your home design.
Step #3: Try a New Material
As mentioned, most traditional door hardware comes in traditional metals. However, there are some non-traditional materials that make a great door handle. A great, interesting look is using colored glass. The colored glass can be tailored to match any design in your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. Or, if you are really bold, try to mix and match different colored handles. But be cautious; too many bold colors could cause a headache and compete with larger elements in the room.
Step #4: Pick the Location
Have you ever had one door handle that just always seemed out of place? Or how about consistently trying to open a door but finding your hand never finds it without looking for the knob? If you are not the first homeowner living in your home, perhaps previous owners installed the door hardware in a unique location. Consider moving around your handles to make access even easier, especially if it is bothering you. Reinstalling these elements up, down, left or right just by a fraction of an inch might make all the difference in the world.
Step #5: Choose a Style
Traditional door handles are classical door knobs. However, why not mix it up and try something new? Lever door handles make for easier opening. This handle design is especially ideal for families with small children or those with disabilities; their easy, sleek design also helps prevent doors from slamming-which everyone can appreciate.
Step #6: Don’t Forget the Locks
One of the most overlooked aspects of door hardware is the most critical: the locking mechanisms. Be sure that your door hardware locks are effective. Oftentimes, over time, door locks can be nudged open, making them useless. When replacing your door hardware, lock the door. Try to force the door open gently (otherwise you will crack the door itself). If the door does not move, you have found a sturdy lock that will keep unwanted people out and prevent accidents or embarrassing moments. If you do not want to purchase a metal lock set, consider purchasing plastic slip on covers that adults can grip and twist to open, while younger children cannot. This form of “lock” is only recommended for infants; with age, your children will learn how to open the door. For young kids, drop-down latches on the tops of doors can also function as a locking mechanism. Unless children are usually tall, the lock will remain secure. Determine the level of security you want for each room and then purchase the appropriate form of locks.
Jim Richardson is Vice President of Your Home Supply (YHS), the definitive website for Home and Garden products and information on a variety of home improvement products. Your Home Supply offers a wide range of door hardware and deadbolts to help you choose the right door hardware for your home.
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