Close
RSS

Blog posts tagged with 'door knockers Sheffield'

Door Knobs, Door Handles and Wobbly Teeth – The Perfect Trio?- Saturday, September 26, 2015

I don’t know about you, but whenever I had a wobbly tooth as a child and relentlessly fiddled with it, my parents always threatened that they would tie a piece of string around it and slam the door, in an attempt to drag out my increasingly wobbly tooth.  This idea is thought to have originated from the Victorian era but has lasted a great deal longer than many of their traditions.  It is, however, perhaps a strange topic to write about but relevant, I feel, as originally door handles and door knobs would have been used in this process.  But can you guess what they have been replaced with?

spying quadricopter - door handles, door knobsNo one is Droning on about Door Knobs or Door Handles

Last week, it became apparent that door knobs and door handles had a new rival, when it went viral that multiple children were asking their parents to pull out their wobbly teeth by using…drones!  A drone is small, radio controlled, helicopter like device with an inbuilt camera (often multiple) which are designed to be controlled from a smartphone or tablet.

The Victorian Door Knob Method

Malcolm Swan, for example, used a quadcopter drone, in order to remove his son, Adams loose tooth.  Together, this was done by attaching dental floss tightly to the tooth in question and initiating the drone to fly.  If the reaction of Adam in the illustrative video is anything to go by, it does not seem to be a traumatic or painful experience but one of ease, excitement and great success.  However, there are many stories that involve drones and child tooth extraction which are nowhere near as successful or as pain free, so as much as we are pleased that Adam had a lucky escape, perhaps we should all stick to using the old fashioned, tried and tested Victorian method, which never fails – door handles and door knobs!

Door Knobs and Door Handles from Handsome Handles

Would you rather stick to the old fashioned method of using door knobs and door handles?  But want a modern and elegant twist?  Then why not contact us at Handsome Handles.  Whether you need kitchen cabinet knobs, internal door handles or external door handles such as PVC door fittings, suited to your home or your work place, we can work with you to find exactly what you are looking for.  Here at Handsome Handles we provide beautiful, contemporary door knobs, door handles and door knockers.  We offer the best and most handsome handles exclusively for you, offering our friendly and professional service to all of England and Scotland from our South Yorkshire base.  So if you can’t wait to get your teeth stuck in to choosing yourself some new door knobs or door handles, get in touch with Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively you can email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk or check out our website by clicking here to see what we have in store for you.

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
Could Door Knobs Be the Key to the Safety of Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers?- Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Studies have now found that six in 10 people who suffer with dementia often ‘wander’ off and become lost.  It is not the act of ‘wandering’ off that is usually the problem, it is returning.  A person suffering with Alzheimers may not be able to recall the correct information as to what their name is, their own address and they can often become disorientated, even if they are in a familiar place.   On average, sufferers are able to ‘wander’ 1.5 miles away from the place they were last seen before they are found.  ‘Wandering’ has nothing to do with the level of care structured by the caregiver, but can in fact happen even in the most Dementia or Alzheimer friendly places and with the most diligent of caregivers present. 

‘Wandering’ Preventing Door Knobs

Interestingly though, it has been suggested that door knobs could be key to this.  Obviously, it is not recommended that a person suffering from Dementia or Alzheimers is ever ‘locked’ in a room, but certain door knobs seem to be positive attributes to their safety and the safety of others around them, as well as reducing the stress levels of carers when patients go ‘wandering’ because they reduce the number of occasions that this happens.  Camouflaged door knobs have been recently been trialled.  This is where door handles are painted the same colour as the door or the walls in the room in order for them to not be so prominent and become camouflaged and therefore harder for the escapee to escape.  However, this is not unsafe if there was to be an emergency, as the handle is still prominent from the outside of the door, so access can be permitted easily by the carer or emergency services if needed. Alternatively, child-proof door knobs can be used for sufferers’ safety.  Another idea is to use a door knob which is connected to a device which lets off a signal when a door or window is opened.  This, for example, could be a bell, which can be placed over said door or window so that the carer is made aware if the patient has opened either of these escape route methods.

Door Knobs For You From Handsome Handles

Finding the correct door knobs for your home is clearly extremely important.  If this article has made you think about changing the door knobs and door handles in your home, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  Here at Handsome Handles, we will be happy to help you find the appropriate door knobs and door handles to fit perfectly in to your home.  So, contact us at Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively you can email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
Scunthorpe Hospital Handles Germs Effectively- Friday, August 28, 2015

Germs are invisible and carry all sorts of hidden little nasties, but not for much longer.  Domestic departments in hospitals across North Lincolnshire are using special fluorescent marking gel on certain areas, like door handles, in order to make the invisible visible.

They are doing so by using the fluorescent marking gel in combination with UV lighting, in order for germs to be more easily seen and therefore cleaned or avoided from contact.  Thus, making people more aware of what is on their hands in an attempt to stop infections from spreading and in-patients from being cross-contaminated.  A prominent example of this is from the number of people touching door handles.  The NHS hopes that this new idea will instil confidence in both its patients and their visitors.

I-Pods Aid Cleanliness of Door Handles

The new fluorescent marking gel and UV lights will work in conjunction with I-Pods enabling the data to be recorded.  To test whether this strategy of germ prevention could work in parts of the hospitals involved, the necessary equipment will be on a two year lease from Trust’s Dragon Den scheme.  The idea was initially pitched to the Trust by a hospital support services supervisor, David Mooney, who pitched his idea to both executive and non-executive directors.

Door Handles and Dragons Den

Having been through the Dragons Den scheme, David Mooney was able to secure £7,000 in order to lease specialist equipment and technology to record trending data.  Mooney knows that this is an important step in the right direction due to the rate at which germs spread within a hospital.  Mooney stated “We have previously been able to monitor and record how clean an area is by checking the visual signs such as dust. We have never been able to look any further until now.”  But now, thanks to the I-Pod data collection and analysis technology, they are able to see so much more.  The I-Pods are able to alert users as to whether each area has passed or failed the germ cleanliness test and monthly reports can be collated for staff, patients and visitors to see. 

The Dragons Den scheme and hospital want to work together with their staff, patients and visitors in order to gain feedback and make this new fluorescent marking gel more effective in practice.

Invisible Germs Made Visible on Frequently Used Areas Such As Door Handles

The fluorescent marking gel is classed as a dabbing device, where gel is dispensed through a sponge on the tip of the gel tube.  This gel is applied to areas in the hospital that are the most frequently used, such as door handles, trolleys, desks, call bells and bedside tables.  The gel is left for 24 hours and is then put under the UV light.  This makes any invisible germs visible and aims to reduce the length of time that patients spend in hospital.

If this article has made you think about how important internal door handles or external door handles are in your home or work place, get in touch with us here at Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
South Shields Builder has got a Handle on His Pocket- Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Expected to make a profit of around £60,000 but estimated to make a minimum of £2m, this South Shields builder has taken vintage door knobs, door handles and other brass fittings to auction.

After hearing that around 655,000 ornate, rare and vintage brass items, originally purchased by a Cornish millionaire, were in need of a “new home,” Mr Brian Cairns thought this was a clever way of tripling his outgoings through scrap – little did he know just how much money he was about to lay his hands on, but not through scrap as he had initially thought. 

The journey to Penzance to the brass-filled property ensued after a tip-off, where Cairns found himself entering a time warp.  The property he entered had not been amended, changed or visibly re-entered since the wife of a junk shop owner had died in 1975, a newspaper abandoned mid-read, never to be finished still laid spread open on the table – “the owner just didn’t want to go back in to the premises again.”

12 Tonnes of Brass Including Door Handles Brass door handle Italian style

A deal was struck between Cairns and the elderly owner, one that did not truly reflect the price of the brass or its later discovered value, the owner just wanted the belongings dispatched as the memories attached to his wife were too painful for him to bear.  Cairns hired two seven-and-a-half tonne lorries to transport the 12 tonnes of brass back to the North East.  This journey took multiple days to complete owing to the weight of the lorries, as they were only able to travel between 10 and 30 mph.

Brass Handles Estimated at £200 Each

Back safely in the North East and about to sell all of the 655,000 collected brass objects for scrap, Cairns decided to have them valued…luckily!  It was discovered that many of the door knobs, door handles, light switches, hat stands and letter boxes (to name just a few) were actually Vintage Valli and Columbo, an Italian company which ceased production 55 years previous.  Many of the handles, he was informed, were estimated to be worth around £150 each and the brass handles estimated £200 each.  Mr Cairns said, “I bought it all for scrap but I started looking in to what they really were and realised many were vintage Italian handles.”

Initially, it did not sound like individually they were going to make Mr Cairns a particularly lucrative return but with 655,000 items, many of these brass door knobs and door handles, the auction estimate was that of around £2m.  So it definitely pays to have potential “scrap” valued before letting scrapping commence, as this has made one South Shields father-of-four an overnight multimillionaire!

Door Knobs and Door Handles Available at Handsome Handles

The door knobs and door handles available at Handsome Handles won’t cost you a fortune – they are quality, affordable products and can be found on our website.  To find out more about brass door handles, door knobs and door handles visit us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk or call us on 07961 832 812.

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
Choices to Make When Purchasing New Door Knockers- Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New door furniture can improve the aesthetics of your home without burning a hole in your wallet. Here at Handsome Handles, we continue to provide great choice and style when it comes to these products; through our ranges of door knobs, door handles and door knockers.

Taking a closer look at the latter of those, there are a few important things for you to consider if you want to be successful with the purchases that you make. Your available price range and the existing design scheme of your property are perhaps the most important of these.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a closer look at why these and some other relevant factors are important in your purchasing decision process.

Bold or Subtle Door knockers black antique design

Perhaps the most important thing to decide is what sort of statement you want to make with any door knockers that you buy. With such an extensive range of these door furniture pieces, we can provide you with everything from the boldest to the most subtle of designs – leaving you free to make the choices you feel best reflect your tastes.

Shape and Size

To match the right knockers to your doors, it’s important that they look right in-situ; in terms of both size and shape. Delicate and shimmering ring door knocker designs may be better suited to a delicately-varnished light-wood door; whilst a rugged, heavy-set black iron door knocker may be the right option for a contrasting property.

Suitable Budget

As mentioned, the budget that you have available will influence the purchases that you’re able make. Thankfully, we have so many affordable door knockers for you to choose from that this hopefully won’t be an issue. Great prices are available for products of all different shapes, sizes and styles – so we’re confident that we can deliver satisfaction to you.

Door Knockers Material

As we often mention in this blog, the materials you select for your new door knockers are vital with relation to their overall appearance. Looking for something more traditional? Then antique brass, black antique and black iron pieces would be most suitable for you. Or, if you’ve got more of a contemporary eye for property design, then our polished chrome and satin nickel door knockers would be more appropriate for you.

Door Knobs and M Marcus Door Handles in Plentiful Supply

As well as our impressive array of door knockers, we also continue to offer great choice and pricing with relation to door knobs and M Marcus door handles too. Each of these have their own unique charms and can also go towards improving your home.

If you’re interested in finding out more, then why not pay our site a visit today? There, you’ll be able to survey all the fantastic products we have on offer and decide which would work best for you. Further to this, if there’s something that you’ve got in mind that you don’t see across our ranges then we’ll do our best to source it for you.

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
Door Knockers One of 4 Varied Ways to Enhance Your Home- Friday, May 29, 2015

It can sometimes be difficult to make an impression on visitors to your home, but there a number of ways you can achieve success. By thinking outside the box and embracing more unusual elements of interior decor and spatial design; you will not only wow your guests, you’ll also realise the highest levels of personal satisfaction too.

Room Dividers

Ideal for creating spaces within spaces, room dividers are enjoying a resurgence in the world of contemporary interior design. Using them within your home can be a great way to evidence your knowledge of the latest trends; whilst there are a number of ways they can be implemented. Shelving units and curtains are just two of many potential ideas.

Lighting

When integrated well, unusual lights can impressively stand out within the grander interior scheme of your property. They can act as artistic pieces and also enable you to get creative. Whether it’s small lights running up a false tree, or industrial chrome and nickel fixtures that look like they’ve been lifted straight from the factory floor, the choice you make really is dependent on your taste.

Stained Glass Windows

If you want your home to truly stand out from those of your friends and family, then sometimes you have to push the boundaries. Stained glass windows are being tipped to make something of a comeback and they are another great suggestion for making a lasting impression. Not only can they look great, they can also help make use of natural light in an attractive way.

Unusual Door Knockers Unusual door knockers for your home

Here at Handsome Handles, we regularly help clients to add more unusual features to their homes with our impressive door knockers. Available in a variety of designs, they are particularly attractive as a property upgrade option due to their price. Whilst some of the other items on this list may require more significant investment, our door furniture can help you make great changes on a smaller budget.

We have designs based around both traditional and contemporary decor ideas and are confident that we’ll be able to provide you with the perfect piece to match your own home. Lion’s head and giant hand door knocker designs are just two of the choices available to you with us.

Door Knobs and Door Handles Supplier in Sheffield and Rotherham

As well as supplying a number of wonderful door knockers to our clients in Sheffield and Rotherham, we also offer plenty of choice with other door furniture too. Our door handles and door knobs are always popular with our customers, as they present another way you can make cost-effective changes to the decor of your property.

To find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Once you do, we can either help you make the purchases that you require or offer our expert advice on which pieces from our product ranges would be most suitable for your home. You can reach us by calling 07961 832812.

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
4 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Door Knockers- Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When it comes to making any changes at your property, you’ll want to carry them out in the most effective way. At Handsome Handles we deeply understand this, as we’re the leading supplier of door furniture to the Sheffield and Rotherham areas. As a result of this and the advice we regularly provide, you can feel confident in choosing us to make such alterations.

Cost, style and the quality of the company you’re buying from are all important factors which can make a difference to the success you have. We’ve put together some useful tips which are worth your consideration when it comes to purchasing new door knockers:

How Will Your New Door Knockers Work with Your Existing Property Scheme

This is perhaps the most important thing to consider when it comes to buying your new door knockers. Unless you’ve recently acquired a new build house, it’s likely that you’ll either be living or moving into premises that are already largely decorated. If you’re budget is limited then you may have to work with the existing decor, so blending in new door furniture with that needs to be done carefully.

What Material Will You Choose?

The finish of your front, side and back doors will ultimately have a noticeable say on the door knockers you’re able to use. We present an abundance of options to ensure that we provide something for everyone. Designs made from polished chrome, satin nickel, black iron and many more materials are all included in our product stock.

Ergonomics

As well as taking care of the aesthetical appearance of your new door knockers, it’s also useful for you to think about the ergonomics of them. These pieces of door furniture are particularly personal, as they require the conscious interaction of your visiting guests. A heavy black iron door knocker for example will have a very different feel to a slender polished chrome one.

Something More Unusual

To really impress your guests you can always embrace the more unusual side of design; and door knockers present you with the ideal opportunity to do this. With both traditional and contemporary designs based on famous door knocker designs – such as lion heads and hands – there is something for everyone looking to make an impression with our products.

Door Knobs and Door Handles from Handsome Handles

To find out more about any of the products discussed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experienced team will be able to guide you towards making the best decisions for you and your home. As well as supplying an abundance of door knockers to our clients, we also stock many door handles and door knobs too.

So to add those extra special touches to your property today, call 07961 832812. Or, alternatively, why not drop us an email to info@handsomehandles.co.uk? Whichever method you choose you can be sure that you’ll receive the equal care and attention we provide to each of our valued customers.

 

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
Unusual Door Knockers Making Properties Unique- Thursday, March 12, 2015

m marcus doctor door knockersGiving your home that personal touch can be a highly-rewarding process. We at Handsome Handles understand this and can help you to successfully make any changes in a cost-effective way. With a variety of fantastic door furniture in supply – including our door knockers and door knobs – we’re continuing to satisfy property owners throughout the UK.

Contemporary or traditional, you can be sure that we’ll have the right style of product for you and your home. We understand the importance of transitioning the right door furniture pieces within the grander scheme of your property and will help you to achieve the effect you desire. For exterior projects, it’s well worth taking a look at our door knockers. Read on for more:

Retro Style Door Knockers

Our retro style door knockers are available in a variety of materials so that you can easily match them to your front and back doors. Polished brass, polished chrome, satin nickel, antique brass and satin chrome versions of this design are all on offer to you with us; giving you plenty of choice to make the right call. Manufactured by M. Marcus, they work particularly well with modern homes.

Doctor Door Furniture

That is also the case for our doctor designs. Sleek, slender and available in stainless brass; they take elements of traditional door knocker design and add a contemporary spin to them. Manufactured by the highly-reputable Carlisle Brass, we find that these pieces are always popular with our customers as they provide the potential to make classy, reasonable upgrades.

Hand Door Knockers

Our hand door knockers contrast with many of the other pieces encompassed within this range. Highly-unusual, they have been designed to meet the requirements of property owners who want to leave a noticeably lasting impression on guests visiting their home. Traditionally designed as talisman features to protect properties from evil, they’re a great conversation starter!

Popular Um Designs

Um door knockers are another popular form of door furniture design and we stock a number of these pieces for our customers. Stainless brass, polished brass, polished chrome, satin chrome and Florentine bronze are just some of the many options available to you. When used in the right way, these door furniture selections can work appropriately for both older and more modern homes; leaving you free to use them as you wish.

Door Knobs and Carlisle Brass Door Handles

In addition to our door knockers – which are by no means limited to the ones covered here - our decorative door knobs and Carlisle Brass door handles are also popular with our customers. They can also provide you with the opportunity to upgrade your home whilst meeting a reasonable budget, so it’s understandable why they’ve become so popular.

To find out more about any of the products covered here please don’t hesitate to give us a call. One of our dedicated members of staff will be able to provide you with guidance surrounding choosing the right products for you. You can reach us on 07961 832812. Or, alternatively, why not drop us an email to info@handsomehandles.co.uk?

 

View/Leave Testimonials (0)
Choosing Polished Chrome Door Knockers- Thursday, February 19, 2015

chrome door knockersPolished chrome door knockers can make ideal property additions. As a material, chrome is ideally suited to those who are looking to contemporise their homes; as it resonates wonderfully with modern property design concepts. We at Handsome Handles supply these door furniture pieces in abundance and are confident that you’ll be impressed by the choice that we offer.

With plenty of attached benefits, it’s little wonder that we regularly receive so much interest from our customers in Sheffield, Rotherham and beyond. Still undecided whether they’re the right products for you to modernise your home with? Here are some reasons to persuade you otherwise:

Ideal for Contemporary Door Knockers

As mentioned above, polished chrome is ideal for those interested in contemporary property design upgrades. This plating material has been cleverly developed to work as a slickly-stylised surface that is great for showing off within the grander scheme of your home. The cool tones will blend perfectly on the exterior of a modern property.

Great Design Variety

Perhaps a ring door knocker would work well for your home? Or maybe you’d prefer a narrower design. Whatever your requirements may be, you can be sure that we’ll point you towards the most appropriate products. We simply have so many great chrome door knockers here at Handsome Handles; all of which have been designed to improve the aesthetic appeal of differing properties.

Blends Well With Certain Materials

Chrome also blends well with a number of different door materials. Each home has its own unique touch and it only makes sense that you’d want to make sure that any new products you add seamlessly transition into your overall property scheme. Having the peace of mind that this is covered with chrome door knockers is highly satisfying.

Weather Resistance

In general, chrome can operate well as a weather-resistant surface. If you live on the coast for example, you’ll need door knockers that don’t react to the surrounding air; and for that chrome plating is ideal. It’s worth bearing in mind that deposits will accumulate over time on external fittings – we’d always recommend regular cleaning with a non-abrasive wax polish. By doing this you can ensure that your chrome door furniture remains in a quality condition.

More Door Knockers – As Well As Door Knobs and Door Handles

Here at Handsome Handles, we also supply a number of carefully-crafted door knobs and chrome door handles to our customers. We’ve always found that by providing homeowners with access to the full spectrum of door furniture, we’re able to deliver the highest levels of satisfaction to them. This is one of the many reasons that we’ve become the go-to supplier in the area.

If you’d like to find out more about any of the products discussed in this article please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You’ll be able to speak to a friendly and professional member of our experienced team by calling 07961 832812. Alternatively, why not email us your enquiry to info@handsomehandles.co.uk/. We look forward to hearing from you.

View/Leave Testimonials (0)