Alacoque. Door Handles. August 05th , 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.
Besides security, it is important to consider the functionality of the door furniture handle. If the door is made of hardwood, it should have a handle mechanism that makes it easy to open and close the door. Furthermore, handles in common passage doors need to be durable to handle the continuous handling. You can then use the less durable but more beautiful handles for the inner doors that may not require a lot of opening and closing. A major concern with door knobs especially for public doors is the hygiene. People including medical practitioners have argued that handles do spread contagious diseases. By using materials like brass, copper and silver, you reduce the infection rate since these metals are poisonous to germs.
Used by every member of the family, door handles are an important part in planning the interior of the house. Choosing the right type gives a complete look to a new or a refinished door. This is the part of the interior design that most people usually ignore. Those with good aesthetic sense, however, are very choosy about the look and feel of the door with respect to the handles attached. It does ruin the affect of the décor style, if it is not matched in accordance with the door look. It can add elegance to a room since, the door is the first thing people encounter when they enter a room. So they are important accessories in terms of interior decoration.
This is because it can be very easy to buy a range of handles only to decide you need some with integrated locks at a later date, but if they do not do them in the range, you may find yourself swapping out all of your handles for a new range. So a tip when buying is to make sure that the range you are looking at actually has all the handle fitments you need, to avoid a costly swap out at a later date. Also if you are buying ones for commercial premises then you may want to ask your supplier if the handles you are looking at purchasing will be suitable, as they will have to put up with a lot more "Traffic" in terms of how often they are opened and closed during the day, as well as how hard wearing the finish of the door handles is.
Think about the overall theme to your home and the individual room and what will look good with the style of the door. A good tip when shopping for your door handles is to take a piece of wood the same type and colour as the door in question and put it against all the door handles to see if it goes, just as you would in choosing a set of curtains against the paint on the walls, you need to see if it will go. And dont be afraid to mix and match, it is not law that you have to have the same door handles throughout your home, if one of your rooms has a different feel to it go with the door handle that fits that, they dont all have to be the same!
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