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Choosing a Door Handle: What to Consider

It’s unfortunate that door handles don’t get a lot of love because they can make or break your doors. If you want to make the most of new exterior doors then, you’re going to want to make sure that you choose the right handle. 


How To Do That

Get to know the options available to you so you have a good grasp of the possible choices you can make. To help you narrow down your options, here’s what you should consider:

  • Your Home’s Overall Look – As accessories, handles should complement doors and windows. And, as doors are a part of your home, door handles have to be able to work well with your property’s current theme. If you have a modern home, for instance, vintage-looking brass knobs will look out of place. 

  • How a Handle Feels – You won’t be holding a handle all day, but it does feel good when you like how it feels in your hand. It may be a small thing, but it can greatly contribute to how you experience living in your home. If a handle is uncomfortable to use, for example, you’re going to end up associating the discomfort with coming into your home. 

  • Who Will Be Using the Handle – If there are people in your household with dexterity issues, then door knobs will be problematic to use. Go for lever types instead to give you better control. Lever handles, in fact, meet accessible design requirements, making them ideal as well if you are making aging-in-place changes in your home.

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December 2013

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