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5 Things to Decide When Choosing New Door Knobs

aydon door knobsWhen it comes to deciding on any kind of door furniture, there are always plenty of factors that require your consideration. To get the look and fit just right within the grander scheme of your home it pays to do a bit of research and we can help you with it. With that in mind, here’s our guide to 5 of the most important decisions you need to make when installing new door knobs.

Material and Finish

Perhaps the most important call is which material your door knobs are going to be made from. We have so much choice that you really can tailor your decision to your individual needs; with black iron, polished chrome and antique brass products just some of the many material options available to you.


The style of the door knobs that you choose is also vitally important to ensure a seamless transition of the new products into your home. We have pieces to match both contemporary and traditional properties; with everything from antique to slickly-stylised designs available to you.


When you initially choose your new products it’s also worth considering whether you’ll need to do any upkeep to leave them looking like new. Some of our designs possess a distressed finished and are designed to wear over time as part of the intended long-term effect; but others such as those made from polished brass will need looking after in their own way. You can find helpful advice on door furniture upkeep throughout this blog.

Where to Implement Your New Door Knobs

This may be a decision that you take before or after you choose your new door knobs. You may like a design so much that you’ll work to fit it within your interior design scheme once you’ve purchased the product. Or, alternatively, it may be essential to you that you only make a decision if you know exactly where your new pieces will fit within your property. The decision is different for everyone.

Whether You Want it to Be Sprung or Not

Door knobs rely on a spring inside the latch mechanism in order to turn. Contemporary designs can sometimes have a spring in the backplate of the knob itself and these are classed as sprung products. Unsprung products tend to rely on the spring in the latch doing the work. We can advise you on this matter further when you get in touch with us.

Door Handles and Door Knockers Available from Handsome Handles Too

We also have a variety of door knockers and door handles available to our customers too. We’ve always found that by providing more choice we’re able to deliver on satisfaction and that’s why we’re always looking to expand our ranges. Even if you can’t find the product you’re after in our stock we can usually source and supply the piece you’re after instead.

To find out more about any of our products, why not give us a ring? You’ll be able to reach us on either 01246 731481 or 07961 832812.


3 Types of Door Knockers Perfect for Traditional Front Doors

door-knocker-blackUpgrading the door knockers at your home can be a great decision to take. By following a few simple pieces of advice, you can ensure that you make changes in the best possible way. If you own a traditional property, there are some door knockers that will be better suited to your home than others. We at Handsome Handles stock an abundance of them and are well placed to advise on such matters.

The key decision that you need to make is on the material that your new door furniture will be made from. We stock some beautifully contemporary door knockers, but if you’re home design scheme has roots in earlier eras, you’d be better served by purchasing your new property additions made from one of the following materials:

Black Iron

Typically used within traditional property design schemes, black iron has roots steeped in the Victorian era. As such, the material matches perfectly to homes that are either over a century old or ones that have been designed to mirror dwellings from that age.

With designs such as lion’s head door knockers and hand door knockers, we’ve got plenty of products to help you here. All ornate and beautifully designed, they have been designed to enhance your home in the most impressive of ways.  

Antique Brass

To evoke Georgian traditions at your property, antique brass can be the perfect material to choose for your new door furniture. This particular era from our history roughly covered the years between 1714 and 1830 and has plenty of impressive home design ideas attached to it.

At Handsome Handles, we supply a number of painstakingly casted antique brass pieces that have all be designed to enhance your home. Even if you can’t see the product your after within our range of stock, we can often try and source it for you.

Satin Nickel

Whilst satin nickel is a relatively recent material for door knockers, it works particularly well with traditionally designed doors. It’s appearance has a dull shine that contrasts with shimmering contemporary door furniture and is therefore better matched to older doors. Satin nickel is commonly applied to brass as a brush finish and is fairly similar in appearance to stainless steel.

We Also Have Door Knobs and Door Handles for Our Customers

This is just advice on how these materials are typically used, but that is not to say that they can’t be incorporated within modern home design schemes. Other factors such as the design of the door knocker and its size have an important role to play in the overall effect given off; so keep coming back to our blog for more advice.

At Handsome Handles, we also stock a variety of door knobs and door handles; all designed to give you as the customer the greatest choice possible. Our experience comes from providing you with door furniture that best matches your home and we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in finding out more about any of the products that we’ve mentioned here.


How to Care for Your Door Handles

When you’ve invested in new door handles, taking care of their upkeep can further ensure their longevity. Often you’ll have bought your new home furniture with one eye on improving the overall aesthetics of your property, so it makes sense to take care of it.

shaped-regency-door-handles-on-backplateAs experts in the supply of door handles to the Sheffield and Rotherham area, we’ve put together a guide to how best to care for your purchases depending on the material.  

Antique Brass

To care for internal door handles, you simply need to wipe over internal fittings with a soft, non-abrasive cloth; buffing as you clean. It’s worth bearing in mind that over time, distressed finishes are naturally intended to wear to enhance the aged appearance. This may result in colour variation and is not a sign that your door furniture needs replacing.

Polished Chrome and Satin Chrome

Chrome is an extremely durable and hard wearing material that has been designed to last the test of time. The only likely care that it will require is the removal of finger marks on polished services. A good way to deal with this is through lightly dusting your chrome door handles with a soft, non-abrasive cloth. You should always avoid using wax polish with this material.

Satin Nickel

For satin nickel, the care requirements depend on whether the fittings are internal or external at the property. If they are indoors, simply wipe over the surface with a non-abrasive cloth and buff gently until you get a shine. For external fittings, you will need to sparingly apply a high quality wax polish; which you will need to buff gently with before it dries and causes smears.

Polished Brass

First and foremost, it’s vital that you don’t use any metal or spray polishes here as the girt or solvents commonly found in these products can damage the material. The technique of buffing with a soft non-abrasive cloth is common to polished brass care treatment, but there are other things to consider for the maintenance of external fittings. They need to be wiped over with a good wax polish, before the wax dries and causes any smears.

Black Antique

As iron in any form can be vulnerable to rusting, a lot of the door handles that we supply have been covered by zinc plating and powder coating to prevent this as much as possible. For ongoing care, a light oiling may be required occasionally to ensure smooth functionality. Additionally, any harmful deposits which cause corrosion can be removed through wiping with a lightly oiled cloth.

Door Knobs and Door Knockers Also Available Here at Handsome Handles

We also stock a wide variety of door knobs and door knockers, providing you with plenty of scope for home improvement. If you’d like to find out more about any of our products we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can reach us on 07961832812 or 01246731481. Alternatively, you can drop us an email to