With a great range of designs and finishes available for door handles these days, there's certainly no shortage of choice, whether you're looking for something quite modern or prefer a more traditional style. We've put together a quick guide to the different types of door handle to help you decide on the best one for you!
Standard backplate door handles are probably the first type to come to mind for many when you think of a door handle - the handle is situated on a plate, and the plate is screwed to the face of the door. The plate may have some decorative detailing, but no keyhole or privacy turn knob on it.
In some styles, such as the ever popular Victorian and Georgian styles, it is also possible to have a Short Backplate version - essentially the same thing, just shorter! With both of these types, they simply operate the latch in the door, usually a tubular or flat pattern latch.
If you've got a door that also has a lock in it, perhaps the door on your home office, then an option for consideration is a Keyhole Backplate. In addition to the lever on the plate, there will be a cut out for a key to pass through. Keyhole backplates are a standard size designed to work with mortice locks, and some styles are also available with a euro profile keyhole cut out.
This type of door handle is designed for use on bathroom doors where you want to be able to lock the door for privacy, yet still have the ability to gain access in an emergency. Instead of a keyhole, they have a thumb turn on one side, and an override on the other (a slot detail that can be operated by a screwdriver or even the butter knife to release the lock). The majority are a standard size and work with dedicated bathroom door locks, however some styles are available in a short backplate version.
Backplate style door handles are great where you have a standard sized lock or latch in the door, and whilst they're often viewed as being a more 'traditional' style of door handle, there are some great finishes and designs available, giving you far more options to choose from!
If you're looking for something more modern however, or perhaps have an unusual size lock in your door that doesn't line up with a regular backplate, the lever on rosette is a great choice. This particular style of handle is seen more and more these days, and the choice of designs and finishes is immense! The most popular type is the lever on round rose, although there is now an increasing number of lever on square rosette options to choose from too, and some with a concealed rose where the handle seems to simply 'float' on the door.
Where this style of handle is being used on a door with a lock in it, simply match it up with escutcheons of your choice - these are the 'plates' that can be fitted to the door to hide away the rough edges around a keyhole. If you're choosing handles on rosette for use on a bathroom door, there's a range of privacy turns & releases to select from too - again they'll operate the bathroom door lock for you, and provide the emergency override function too. To see more examples of bathroom door privacy turns and releases, click here.
The remaining types of door handle to mention are of course Door Pull Handles and Door Knobs. Pull handles are great for use on those doors often referred to as passage doors (think back to the days of the school canteen and school hall doors) and come in a range of sizes, styles and finishes, some on a plate, others simply fixing to the door, or being secured by bolt through fixings. Some styles are also referred to as back to back as the handles line up with each other on either side of the door.
Door Knobs can be functional i.e. operate the latch and again paired with escutcheons or privacy turns & releases, or simply 'decorative' and used to pull the door closed without operating a latch.
Last but not least, one final thing to consider is whether or not the door handle you've chosen is 'sprung'. The majority of door handles these days are sprung, meaning that the handle will bring itself back to the horizontal start point when you let go of it. This is particularly useful when the followers in your lock or latch aren't quite as 'bouncy' as they used to be! You can see the spring in this handle on the image below, situated around the hole where the spindle slides in to the door handle.
Hopefully you've now got a better idea of what the different types of internal door handle are, and all the variations and accessories that can go with them. Have a look through our current range of door furniture on the link below, and don't forget about our Whole House Discount - 10% off when you Mix and Match any 10 items from our range.
Written by Maudie Hughes