Fauna. Door Handles. October 01st , 2017.
Lever operated door handles are very popular in European homes, as they are easier to use. This makes them suitable for elderly people, as this design of these handles does not require a tight grip; unlike the door knob, which may slip from the users hand. The door knob is more commonly used in the United States because of its practicality and dual functions: it functions as a door latching mechanism and a lock at the same time. However, U.S. commercial and business establishments have woken up to the practicality of using the lever style of door handles. Aside from easy operation, they are less likely to jam. Further, the lever operated handles are more robust, and can withstand constant use.
Door handles have become like fashion statements at the top end of the market, as some variations come in intricate and ornate designs to add glitz and glamor to the over-all look of your home. While retaining its main functionality of opening and closing doors, variations in handle design often come in relation to particular needs and requirements such as: for nursery rooms, handles sometimes come in cheerful cartoon designs; for kitchen doors, some have fruit embellishments; for a girls room, pink handles are also available. These are fancy handles: but for permanent and lasting use, most homes use the more versatile materials such as brass and metal handles, which can withstand repeated use, and can adapt to most household interiors.
Doors throughout history have also changed regarding functionality. For instance, we still find doors of all types, those that roll, slide, swing, and fold. Of course, for doors to function, hardware is required to include door handles. Just as with doors, handles have a long history although these were first manufactured during the mid-19th century in America. The first handle was shaped like an egg and today, they are still found in many homes, especially older homes. Interestingly, because of the way this type of door handle is grasped, it has proved to be the easiest to open.
Depending on the website or the shop you are browsing through you may find the categories differ slightly but generally speaking with door handles you have a choice from Designer Door Levers on Round Rose, Designer Door Levers on Square Rose, Designer Handles on Backplate, Classic Handles, Stainless Steel Handles, Handles for Doors with Espagnolette Multipoint Locking Systems, Porcelain Door Levers on Rose, Porcelain Handles on Backplate, Black Antique Handles, and Aluminium Handles. Within each of these categories you will an array of individual door handles to choose from.
While the Storm door handle could be described as an attempt to mix and match the two previous options, it really stands out on its own. The very long back plate is 185mm, over 50mm more than the length of the lever handle (which is 127mm). The handle itself is slightly curved, although not enough to be very noticeable, and is a single length of handle, rather like the Monet. It features the different colour metal on the palm pad, as exhibited by the Nimbus, which makes it an ideal match for a more modern house. The Storm door handle is also available with a lockable back plate which again matches a mortice lock in the same style.
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