Blog posts of '2015' 'October'

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 or alternatively you can check out our website by clicking here.