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Handsome Handles welcomes LPD to our growing range of door products, here is what they have to say...

LPD Doors

Here at LPD, we do so much more than just selling doors. We pride ourselves on designing, sourcing and manufacturing the very best in door design and materials. When you choose an LPD product, you are purchasing experience and attention to detail - with almost 40 years in the industry, we sure know what we’re doing!

Still a very much family business, LPD is at the forefront of manufacturing, importing and distributing internal and external doors, our aim has always been the same; to set the standard in high quality, on-trend, cutting edge door design in the UK.

We offer an extensive collection of door designs which are tailored to suit all tastes. Designed to find a perfect product for you, we are proud to say we offer the most innovative, visually appealing and technologically advanced door range.

Our doors range from internal to external. Whether it be bi-folding, French, timber or composite we have a fashionable collection to choose from. With over 500 doors and accessories, in a variety of materials and finishes, LPD will more than likely have what style you have in mind, to create your perfect home.

At LPD, we recognise what an important part of the business our trading partners and customers play. Due to this, we have successfully developed trusting, long term relationships which are an integral part of our business. We put unrivalled attention to detail in everything we do and backed by our 10 Year Guarantee, with LPD you can really expect more than just the door.

 

Spira Brass

 

Handsome Handles welcomes Spira Brass to our growing range of ironmongery products, here is what they have to say...

 

Spira Brass is a family run business established in 1990 with the principal objective of supplying unique, quality hardware for the discerning customer. The products we offer are manufactured in our own factories based in India enabling us to offer an immense range, from classic door knobs through to bespoke decorative hardware in a wide variety of finishes.

 

Here at Spira Brass we are committed to supplying some of the best quality Door Hardware and Ironmongery to customers all over the world. We try to supply ironmongery for all tastes, from traditional to contemporary with as wide a range of finishes as possible.

 

Being a manufacturer ourselves it gives us an advantage to offer bespoke services to our customers. If you have any design we can turn it into real pieces in whatever you finish you want.

 

Specified by discerning clients the world over, Spira Brass products may be found in various heritage renovations as well as prestigious new establishments. Our commitment to manufacturing and supplying only the best continues with our collections of hand finished door knobs and quality British-made inserts. All Spira Brass range is designed to meet current standards and is subject to detailed inspection throughout production.

Karcher Design

 

 

Handsome Handles welcomes Karcher Design to our growing range of ironmongery products, here is a sneak peak of Karcher’s background & information

 

“WE ARE KARCHER DESIGN

 

Our parents Irmgard and Ulrich Karcher founded our family business in 1991. With great passion, they successfully positioned our brand in the premium segment of our industry, infecting us with their enthusiasm for our door furniture business. Through our universal comprehensive structure, timeless design at the highest level and the fascination of combining this with the most simple, quickest and highest-quality engineering possible, we were able to expand our strong market position beyond the borders of Germany into other central European countries. Always future- focused, we founded Karcher Design NA LLC in Seattle (WA) in 2015 in order to competently serve the US and Canadian markets with great customer service.

 

In our exclusive product range, customers can create their own personal, optimum combination of door handle model and rose variant. There are four different rose types to choose from. Our patented three-piece standard rose is available in round or square, as is the exclusive plan design rose. At only 3mm, the plan design rose creates a clear aesthetic that harmoniously blends into any modern furnishing concept, whether surface mounted or flush mounted. With our new, patented KD Comfort lock, we have taken on a pioneering role in the European market because this lock fulfils the customer's wish for a lock without a key in the matching design concept. We also offer all lever handle models on glass door locks, security lever handles, lever handles on shield plates and as window handles. The matching accessories such as pull handles, door stoppers, knobs and much more complete the Karcher Design range.

 

Whether made of stainless steel or zamac: Our customers can choose from a wide range of finis- hes, from the classic stainless-steel finishes, satin and polished, to the colour combination chrome/ satin chrome and our growing new range in oil rubbed bronze and cosmos black.

Our diverse product portfolio can be used in a wide range of applications. With our innovative concepts, we give the end customer a high-quality finish to a family house construction or the per- fect solution to exclusive interior design. Minimalist, linear and timeless design gives the architect impulses and inspiration for the tendering of major projects.

 

Every day our engineers work with pleasure on form and function to make our door hand- les an optical and haptic experience for our customers. They work in close contact with renowned designers. This great co-operation of design and development results in inno- vative designs combined with patentable concepts. We always ask ourselves, with attention- on to detail, how we can work out an even better solution for our customers. Since we strive for continuous improvement in product design and development, the highest quality is of paramount importance for us. Our door handles are certified according to the German industry standard DIN1906 (class 3 and class 4), DIN18273, DIN179, DIN18257 and EN1627. We regard the continuous internal inspections at our factory as a concrete obligation to supply our customers with flawless, long-lasting products.

 

Our selected partners are qualified and are supported on-site throughout Europe by our sales experts. With a combination of experience, know-how and state-of-the-art ware- house logistics, our qualified office team ensures optimum customer care and smooth shipping. Over the last 10 years we have built up a professional training management plat- form and are proud of our highly qualified young professionals.

 

Be inspired by our products and optimize your living space.”

Universal Designed Door Handles

Have you ever heard of the term “universal design”?  We had, but we can’t say we had ever given it a great deal of thought until now.   In reference to interior design, the term “universal design” is how a home is made user friendly for all of the different abilities and ages that enter it.  Whether you are planning on growing old in style in your home which is a very popular option now or if you just want to make your home a safe, easy to use and stylish space for family and friends, no matter what their age then “universal design” is the perfect solution and has been classed as a “hot trend” for houses containing adults, children, siblings, parents and grandparents…so, in short, everyone!

The Home of the Door Handle

There are multiple elements of “universal design” multigen homes which are worth speaking about but we are going to focus on one today…Door handles.

The door handles used in a home are more important than you may think and can be more difficult to use for children and for the elderly than first imaged, too.  But the right door handles can change the way you and your family live and can also be a strong selling point for potential buyers, as well.  Door handles are easier to use than door knobs for all of us.  Door knobs require a certain amount of strength to grip them and the ability to twist them.  This can be difficult for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or a person of any age with a hand or wrist injury.  Door knobs can also be difficult for children, too, who often do not have the correct size hands to clasp door knobs so need to use both hands to do so.  They are impossible to open if you have your hands full, so if you are a mum carrying a child for example, you would need to deposit your baby before opening the door.  Also, if you have anything on your hands, sticky or wet, a door knob becomes impossible to twist and open.  Really what we are saying is, there are lots of pros to having door handles in your home – they are useful, safe and well designed and can really make your house a wonderful home.

Where can I get well designed Door Handles?

If this article has made you think about new door handles or changing door knobs for door handles in your home today, then why not contact Handsome Handles.  We are a professional and friendly team, located in Derbyshire, who can help you find the perfect finish for both your home and your work place. Call us today on 01246 852 770 or visit our website by clicking here to see exactly what Handsome Handles can offer you.

Admiral Nelsons’ Door Knobs

This month, we were very interested to hear about what is thought to be Admiral Nelson’s door knobs when the Antiques Roadshow went to film at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard.  Thought experts were somewhat dubious to believe that the door knobs had belonged to Nelson, they had been kept along with a number of other nautical objects which were believed to have been his. 

Fiona Bruce, the presenter of the Antiques Roadshow, clearly found the question of the authenticity of the objects intriguing.  The expert looking specifically at the door knobs on the programme, was military expert, Graham Lay.  He did however have doubts that the alleged doorknob duo had been in Admiral Lord Nelsons possession at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar.  Despite this disappointing result, they were extremely interesting, beautiful and plus it was a wonderful story – even if it wasn’t all true!

Door Knobs and Door Handles

What type of property do you live in?  Modern, 70s, Victorian?  Door knobs, door handles and door knockers are the finishing touches to any room, but they need to be the right style for your property to create the ultimate finish.  The key factor for us, here at Handsome Handles, to provide you with satisfaction, is the wide range we offer, both in style and material.  We stock everything from ornate polished brass door knobs, chrome designed door knobs and sleek satin door knobs – or selection is vast.

Door Knobs from Handsome Handles

Has reading this article made you think about getting new door knobs or door handles for your home or work place?  Perhaps you had already been thinking about door knobs and door handles but hadn’t yet made a decision.  What are you wanting glitzy and modern or traditional and elegant?  Whatever you decide, we are sure that we can provide you with exactly what you are looking for here at Handsome Handles.  We offer the best and most handsome of handles exclusively for you, at the most competitive of prices with the friendliest and most professional of services provided.  We provide door handles, door knobs and door knockers to the whole of England and Scotland from our base in South Yorkshire.

Contact Handsome Handles Today

If you would like to find out more about door knobs, door handles or door knockers then why not get in contact with Handsome Handles today.  Our professional and friendly team of staff would love to help you find the perfect finish for your home or work place.  So give us a call today on 01246 852 770 or you can visit our website directly by clicking here so that you can view our selection of Handsome Handles with your very own eyes.

 

An Introduction to M Marcus

In 1940, M Marcus was founded in ‘Ironmongers Row’ in East London.  At this time they were initially only suppliers of brass cabinet fittings, however, since then, this has changed dramatically. M Marcus has since established strong product brands and now has a distinct, diverse and high end range of sophisticated, creative and truly beautiful products.  This includes featured products such as M Marcus door handles, window accessories, security products and decorative electrical switch plates.  Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they will look at home in any type of building, be it grand Victorian properties, 1970’s or modern new builds – M Marcus will have the internal door handles and external door handles that you need!

Heritage Brass

M Marcus’ leading brand is that of well-known Heritage Brass, whose defining features are that of slim elegance, concealed fittings, screw-less appearance and array of finishes.

M Marcus Door Handles

Clearly M Marcus have got something right, having survived for over 60 years as a traditional brassfounder and now highly respected, major British supplier of architectural and electrical products.  They are committed to the quality of their products, providing you with the best of products every time.  Thanks to this dedication, their company and list of suppliers has continued to grow and expand continuously over the last six decades, with their stockists being regarded in just as high regard as M Marcus themselves, stockists like Handsome Handles.

Get a Handle on Your Home

Handsome Handles are based in South Yorkshire and stock M Marcus and Heritage Brass as part of their large selection of door handles, door knobs and door knockers.  They provide styles to suit your home or work space, no matter what look you are going for – glitz and glam or traditional elegance.  So, if you are interested in new internal door handles or external door handles then please get in contact with us here at Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812, email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk or alternatively you can check out our website by clicking here.

 

Get a Handle on Your Pets

Handles to pet proof your homeLincolnshire living couple, Sue and Stewart are the owners of chocolate Labrador, Rollo.  He looks sweet enough, but behind this deceptive exterior, Rollo is a living food disposal unit, eating food and its packaging that does not need disposing of!  Nine year old, Rollo, has even eaten a packet of cigarettes, a jar of mincemeat (including the glass jar) and nearly died after his suicidal attempt at bulking up on rat poison.

It started off as being mildly amusing, with Sue describing Rollo as the ‘pre-rinse cycle’ on her dishwasher because he licked every single item inside whenever she opened the door.  Then Rollo learnt how to take the lid off yoghurts without any assistance before he consumed the contents, he studied how his owners opened the kitchen doors and copied their actions with the kitchen door handles using his mouth, this even included the fridge.  This intelligent canine even worked out that if he bounced up and down on the trampoline he could knock the apples off the tree.  But something needed to be done by Stewart and Sue, as they decided after 6 years after having rescued him from Labrador Lifeline Trust, they simply could no longer handle his constant binge eating and their own starvation.

The time had come, therefore, to dog-proof the kitchen and other specific areas of the house.  This was done by adding new kitchen handles to all of the cupboards that were impossible for Rollo to use, the fridge has been equipped with a high pull handle which has, to date, been successful.  Unlike the supposedly dog-proof bin, doors with chain, stairgates, briefcase and Tupperware boxes which have all been rather the opposite.  This gigantic kitchen makeover has cost an astonishing £25,000, which, by the sound of it, is less than Rollo eats in a week!

Handsome Handles Can Handle Anything

Handsome Handles are a South Yorkshire based company, providing exquisite contemporary door handles, door knockers and door knobs for your home.  We carefully select the best and most Handsome Handles especially for you, delivering to the whole of England and Scotland.  We are stockists of M Marcus, Carlisle Brass and Chase Atlantic which are all on show on our website for you to see today.

Contact Us at Handsome Handles Today

If you are in need of new door handles or kitchen handles then why not get in contact with us at Handsome Handles.  We can help you dog-proof or child-proof your kitchen and house if you feel that it is needed.  We have all the suitable kitchen handles, kitchen cabinet knobs and internal door handles you could possibly need.  So, give us a call on 07961 832 812, email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk or check out or website by clicking here to see exactly what we have in store for you and your new dog-proof, child-proof kitchen.

Door Knobs, Door Handles and Wobbly Teeth – The Perfect Trio?

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.

Could Door Knobs Be the Key to the Safety of Dementia and Alzheimer Sufferers?

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

Scunthorpe Hospital Handles Germs Effectively

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