5 tips for selecting new hardware for your home
July 12, 2017 at midnight
Your home is a reflection of your personality. From the floorboards and curtains to the furniture, all aspects of the décor should exude your wit, charm, and charisma. But, caught up in the big picture, it is easy to overlook the finer details such as door handles and knobs.
You can spruce up your home and keep up with the latest trends by switching over your hardware. What’s more, changing your hardware will give your home a new look without burning a hole in your pocket.
Here’s a guide to keep your hardware game on point:
Select the Right Style
The key to getting your hardware right is to match it with the personality of your house. Once you have an overall layout of the style for your home, picking out complementary hardware becomes easier. For example, if you’ve decided on vintage décor, you can pick antique door knobs. While antique door knobs look great in a room with warm colours, they don’t complement cooler colour schemes. To give your rooms a more modern look, you can select sleek, angular door handles. Black is back for door knobs and handles. You can add a touch of class with black fittings in your bathroom, and black door frames.
You can increase your home’s curb appeal by switching the handles and door knockers on your front door. The biggest trend this year is large doors with oversized handle sets with sleek metallic finish.
Once you’ve decided on the look and style, the next step is to decide on the budget so that you can avoid overspending. Check the cost of purchase and also factor in transport and installation charges so that there are no surprises at the end.
With a comprehensive list of items, you turn your focus on choosing the best security for all your doors among lock sets such as the privacy lock set, keyed entrance lock set or even a dummy lock set. Moreover, the list can also be used later to account for all the hardware and ensure that no components go missing.
Consider the Weather Conditions
Do you live in tropical areas or by the ocean? You need to invest in hardware that will be able to withstand the weather conditions in your region. For example, marine grade stainless steel is salt resistant and can, therefore, be used in tropical areas.
Whether it is the front door, interior doors, or the garage door, it is important to pick the right material. Lightweight and easy-to-handle aluminium doors work well for patios since they can withstand harsh weather conditions. Steel doors are sturdier and come in a variety of styles and colours, but they can rust. For internal door handles, you could pick out a satin chrome finish over brush nickel. Polished nickel is also hot this season.
There is also the question of functionality while picking between door knobs and door levers. While knobs exude their own charm, levers win the functionality game as they are easier to handle. However, levers are difficult to child-proof. So, you can make the choice between door knobs and levers depending on who will be using the rooms and in which rooms you would need more privacy. Additionally, doors that open to the right require right-hand levers, while those on the left need left-hand levers. So, be mindful of this before going out to the store.
The least aesthetic, but the most important consideration when buying door locks and window grills is security. Should you go for tubular locks or more secure mortice locks? Tubular locks are cheaper and easy to install, but they are also easier to break. Mortice locks, on the other hand, are five times stronger than a tubular latch since they have a larger, integrated deadbolt. They also have quality euro cylinders with anti-bumping technology and stronger spring that prevents the handle from sagging. With an enhanced security system in place, your home will be safe, and your peace of mind intact.
With secure doors, your beautiful nest will be safe and serene.