Sprung vs Unsprung Multipoint Door Handles

When purchasing door handles for your external or patio doors which will be operated by a multipoint locking system, there are many options to choose from. One option you may need to consider is whether you require a sprung or unsprung multipoint door handle. To ensure you specify the correct handle for your application, it’s important to understand the difference between these two styles.

What is a Multipoint Door Handle?

Multipoint handles are typically used on wooden or uPVC external doors such as front doors and patio doors. They are usually fitted with a multipoint locking system for enhance security in the home. By lifting the handle, this will engage three points of locking at the top, middle and bottom of the door.

Sprung VS Unsprung Multipoint Door Handles

Once you have decided on your style of handle, you may then be asked if you require the handle to be sprung or unsprung. 

Sprung multipoint handles are the most popular style. They are designed with a spring cassette which is fitted within the backplate and has enough tension to return the handle to its original position after use – preventing drooping handles. This type of handle can be installed with any quality locking system. 

Alternatively, unsprung multipoint handles are designed without a spring and therefore must be installed with a high quality lock which has enough tension to return the handle to its horizontal position after use. 

There are visible differences between sprung and unsprung multipoint handles which should also be considered. Sprung multipoint handles are designed with a thicker backplate to house the spring cassette, whereas unsprung multipoint handles typically have a thinner backplate. The size of the backplate also differs – sprung multipoint handles are typically designed with a backplate smaller in width and height compared to unsprung handles. As a result, sprung and unsprung multipoint handles should not be combined in biparting door applications whereby the two handles would be fitted side by side.

Our Multipoint Handle Collection

At The Handmade Handle Company, we offer a range of multipoint door handles which are available in various designs – from modern and stylish to classic and timeless. All multipoint handles are available in sprung and unsprung variations. 

Forged Steel Multipoint Handles (4)

Black Multipoint Handles (3)