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6 Steps to Choosing the Right Lever Handle

When choosing ironmongery for your home it’s important to consider all of the available finishes, designs and functions to find the best door hardware to suit your project.

When undergoing a renovation or decorating a new home, most homeowners opt for the same design for a consistent and unified feel from room to room. Alternatively, choose contrasting handles for a quirky style.

When retrofitting hardware to existing applications, try to match the finish and design as best you can for a complementary look. Be sure to measure any existing fixings holes to find the correct size handle for your project.

Choose the most suitable door handles for your home in 6 easy steps: 

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR DESIGN

Firstly, its important you choose the look you want to achieve throughout your home.

For modern and contemporary homes, minimalism is key. Straight, angular levers with a geometric pattern and linear design are a popular choice. To add to the rustic and authentic charm of period properties, why not opt for a traditional door knob or lever handle with a classic design. 

STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR FINISH

Pewter

Our range of pewter door handles by Finesse are known for their stunning, natural finish – perfect for bringing some architectural charm to the home. 

Flat Black

Black door handles are an increasing trend for modern interiors. When combined with natural oak doors, black lever handles offer a chic and sophisticated look. Alternatively, create a bold contrast by pairing black handles with white paneled doors. 

Satin Steel

For a contemporary feel, the satin steel range by Stonebridge gives a true appearance of heritage steel. The finishes warm tones creates a subtle contrast when combined with light doors.

STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR APPLICATIONS

If specifying hardware for external applications, ensure the handles are durable and can withstand the elements.

The Finesse range has been tested to BS EN 1670:2007 Grade 5 to provide the maximum corrosion resistance possible – withstanding even the harshest weather conditions. The Stonebridge range has been finished with a unique ARMOR-COAT process to provide exceptional corrosion resistance and UV protection to maintain the products stunning finish across all seasons. 

STEP 4: CHOOSE YOUR HANDLE

Lever handles are used in most homes due to their practicality, convenience and easy installation. Choose between two designs – lever handles on rose or lever handles on backplate.

Door knobs are typically used in period properties and traditional homes to bring a quirky and quaint feature. A simple turn of the knob will engage the latch. 

STEP 5: CHOOSE YOUR BACKPLATE

Lever on Rose

For a minimalistic style, door handles on rose are the perfect choice. Choose between a round and square rose to provide the all-important finish touch in your home. 

Lever on Backplate

A rectangular backplate offers a classic and timeless style – great for covering any unsightly marks from pre-existing fixing holes. 

STEP 6: CHOOSE YOUR FUNCTIONALITY

Non Locking

For internal passage doors which don’t require locking, the following handles can be installed with a tubular latch:

  • Door handle or door knob on rose
  • Door handle or door knob on latch backplate

Bathroom

For bathroom applications where locking is only required from one side of the door, choose from two options:

Locking

Locking door handles allow you to add an additional level of security to your home. 

Designed with a mortice lock, standard lock handles can be locked from either side of the door using a skeleton key. Our range of locking door handles should be purchased with a sash lock.

Designed for use with a euro cylinder, euro lock handles can be locked from either side of the door. Our range of euro lock door handles should be purchased with a euro sash lock and euro cylinder.

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