Door hardware is an important component in the decor of any home. Choosing the right style, finish and function can be challenging. First, make sure you select a brand of door hardware that fits your budget. There is no sense in shopping for hardware you can not afford. Prices can range from $ 20.00 per door to over $ 100.00 per door depending on the brand and the material that the hardware is made from. Some of the most popular brands of door hardware are Schlage, Emtek and Baldwin Hardware. Schlage is an affordable brand that offers many choices of knobs and levers. Emtek and Baldwin are made from solid brass so they tend to be more expensive. Both Emtek and Baldwin offer a large selection of modern, rustic and traditional designs to choose from.
Make sure you take into account how your doors are preped before you order your door hardware. Most door hardware fits into a standard door prep which is a 2-1/8″ bore at 2-3/8″ backset. To measure the backset on you door you should measure from the edge of the door to the center of the hole in the door.
Choosing the right color for your door hardware is another consideration. There are many different finishes to choose from. One of the most popular finishes is Oil Rubbed Bronze. Oil Rubbed Bronze is a rich dark brown color with a hint of copper color showing thru. Each brand of door hardware has a different version of oil rubbed bronze so it is important to consider this when ordering your hardware. Select a finish that will your decor. Each finish has its own look, chrome goes well with modern decor, brass with traditional, oil rubbed bronze is more rustic.
Door hardware is often overlooked in a home but can be a great way to put the finishing touches on your new or remodeled home. I ordered my door hardware from DoorHardware.com and had a great experience.