The BEST buyer's guide to door handles and locks - Probrico

The BEST buyer's guide to door handles and locks

Looking for a new door handle or lock? Before you lock yourself into a handle that doesn’t fit, there are some essentials to get to grips with. 

1.Understand the basics

Ahead of clicking on an online cart, take a deep breath. You need to consider:

Function: Do you need to be able to lock the door?

Front and back doors should have an entry door handle set with a key.  For internal doors requiring locks, use a privacy set with a button or turn-piece locking function. If no lock is needed, try a passage set or “dummy set” in areas like hallways and linen cupboards.

Knob vs. lever

Both have advantages. If dexterity and strength are an issue, levers require less grip than knobs. Otherwise it can come down to personal style and which look you prefer.


Door handing is the way the door swings, usually outwards or inwards. This is critical to take into account. If you don’t check first, you could end up with the lock on the wrong side of the door or upside-down levers.


2.Measure up

Measuring the main door elements before buying a handle is important. The most fundamental elements include:


This is the distance from the centre of the door handle to the edge of the door. Standard options in US are 2-3/8 inch or 2-3/4 inch (60mm or 70mm), but some door hardware comes with adjustable versions.


Door thickness

Door thickness varies, with exterior designs typically being thicker than interiors. The standard range is 1 3/8" – 1 3/4" (35mm - 45mm).

Additionally, some knobs work better with different measurements. Taking the time to scope the specs upfront will save you energy and money in the long run.


3.Select your style

Chrome, acrylic or steel? Within our range, we have a number of options for door architecture, design for all tastes and budgets.

For a contemporary flair, consider up-to-the-minute Satin Nickel Finish and Black Finished ranges in a wide variety of materials and designs. Sleek lines and stunning finishes, from satin to matte black, will style your doors and set the tone for every room or front entrance.

Probrico specialise in classic design. With so many options on hand, you can mix and match throughout your house or go for a uniform look to create cohesion.


4.Consult an expert

There’s more to doors than you might think. To unlock the possibilities, send e-mail to specialists in door solutions at Probrico. We’re always more than happy to provide you with reliable advice and guidance.

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