Handles are an excellent way to give your home a face lift, without needing to spend endless amounts of money on materials, paint etc....Handles come in various designs, shapes, lengths, there really is something to suit everyone. But, how much do we really know about handles and what do we need to consider before re hauling our old for new? In this little article, we will help you get a handle on handles.
1) Sprung Vs Unsprung
Sprung is a term used to indicate that a door handle or door knob id fitted with a spring in the backplate or rose, which means the door handle will return to position once released.
Unsprung refers to a handle which will use the door lock itself to return to position. Unsprung handles will require a heavy sprung latch or lock. Unsprung hinges can be replaced by sprung. On the left is a traditional sprung lever Door handle, whilst on the right is a Rushmore unsprung lever Door handle
2) The Rose
This Mortice Mushroom Knob has a face fixing rose (3 screwholes located on the rose)
An escutcheon surrounds the keyhole or lock cylinder. They're incredibly useful as they help to protect a lock cylinder from being drilled out or snapped. They also protect the surrounding area from damage and wear when a key misses the keyhole. Available in various shapes, finished and with/without covers.
This covered escutcheon is a typical example of a covered, face fixing escutcheon. Whilst typically rounded, this is antually more of a rectangular shape.
This is pretty much your standard spindle. Designed for various door thickness and available in various lengths.
5) The Latch
A latch is a mechanism which holds a door closed using a sprung beveled mental tongue. Operated by a door handle or knob.
Regarding the shape of the case, a latch can be tubular or flat. Tubular is the more popular of the two as it's considered the easier one to fit.
6) Bolt and Sleeves
A bolt and sleeve fixing is used to secure one handle or knob through the door and onto the complimenting handle or knob on the other side of the door. Bolt and sleeves are an excellent alternative to screws, as the pull force of the handle will actually bear down on the opposite handle, rather than on the screws themselves. These bolt and sleeves come in various measurements; M4 Bolt=4mm, M5 Bolt=5mm, M6 Bolt=6mm
This is an example of a simple backplate, which is commonly found with handles and knobs. Backplates do come in a variation of designs, lengths and finishes.
8) Measurements Measurements are incredibly important when selecting a new handle or knob for your door or cabinet. There are 3 main measurements which need to be taken into consideration:
1 - Distance from the centre of the handle to the centre of the keyhole. Often referred to as the PZ.
2 - Distance between the centre of the top screw to the centre of the bottom screw.
3 - Length of handle plate, top to bottom
Door handles can work in conjunctions with a lock or latch, that typically has a backset of 44mm - Heavy duty latch or heavy duty sash lock should work effectively.
Door knobs have a deeper backset than handles. It's also worth taking the door knob diameter into account, when selecting a knob; - Over 75mm diameter - Suitable in the centre of the door to make statement and allow for easy pulling access - 60-75mm diameter - Suitable for large internal doors - 50mm diameter - Ideal size for most standard internal doors - 20-32mm diameter - The most commonly used for drawers and cupboards. Larger knobs can be used to create a statement and feature.
Hopefully you have found these little tips useful and you are ready to start shopping for handles and knobs with these in mind. If you do have any questions or would like a bit of help, please feel free to get in touch.