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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 info@handsomehandles.co.uk.

3 Types of Door Handles to Enhance Your Home

amarillo lever on rose door handlesAt Handsome Handles, we provide extensive choice of both traditional and contemporary door handles. With a variety of styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the products that are best matched to your home. Understanding the differences between the various types of these products can be the key to successful integration of them within your home.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the 3 primary types of door handles that we stock. This should help you to make the choices best suited to the interior of your property, leaving you endlessly satisfied in the process:

Door Handles on Backplate

Chrome, black iron and antique brass are just 3 of the many materials used to make the impressive variety of door handles on backplate that we stock. We have a range of styles suitable for a whole host of interior designs, so you’ll be able to find the product your after.

We have handles matched to both lengthier and shorter backplates, the choice simply depends on what it is that you require. Curly Tail, Art Deco and Edwardian handles are just a small sample of the sort of styles that have available.

Lever on Rose Door Handles

Perfect for those seeking slim-line door handles, our lever on rose designs can be easily supplied to meet your needs. Particularly prevalent within contemporary homes, they resonate with elements of minimalistic interior design.

From sleek, stainless steel to satin nickel, we stock an abundance of lever on rose door handles suitable for a variety of individuals. Each design has been ergonomically-sculpted to perfection, with functionality always receiving the same consideration as form.

Pull Door Handles

Pull door handles are another great option for you with relation to interior property renovations. They provide a great way to make an impression on visitors to your home and offer a completely different option from the other two styles featured in this article.

As is the case with all the door handles that we supply, you have the option of both classic and modern styles, with polished brass, polished chrome, satin nickel, antique brass and satin chrome all popular choices with our customers.

Contact Handsome Handles for Door Handles, Door Knockers and Door Knobs Today

If you’d like to find out more about how our door handles could work for you and your home, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. The number to dial is 07961832812. We also have an abundance of door knobs and door knockers in stock, which could be equally perfect for sprucing up your home. 

Door Knobs – A Great Way to Decorate Your Home

Changing the interior of your home can be an inspiring proposition. For many people though, preconceptions about the attached costs can be off-putting. Contrary to this notion, door knobs present an opportunity to make alterations in a cost-effective way; and we at Handsome Handles stock them in abundance.

Not only can new door knobs prevent a hole being burned in your wallet, they can also provide limitless potential to change the overall aesthetics of your home’s interior. Many properties are in need of a re-model; and changing smaller features such as these can have a number of benefits in the long run.

Door Knobs Add Value in the Long Run

centre door knobsThe resultant value they can add to your home is one of the many reasons that make changing your door knobs such an attractive proposition. It’s commonly said that to stay ahead of the game in the property market you need to make periodic upgrades to your home’s interior. If you’re looking to do this on a budget, we at Handsome Handles are perfectly placed to help.

All of our decorative home products – which include door handles and door knockers as well – are plentiful in supply; and come in so many styles, shapes and sizes that you’ll always be able to find a product that’s appropriate to you. We’re experienced in supplying our products for a whole host of varying interior schemes; so you’ll always have an abundance of choice.

Over 14 Years of Trading Experience

Even if you’re not looking to sell your home any time soon, door knobs can still be a great way to impress visitors. When carefully placed and cleverly considered they can showcase your attention to the minor details; ensuring that you impress your guests with your knowledge of interior design in the process.

We have over 14 years trading experience and are used to supplying all types of door furniture to our customers. We’re able to offer product variety at the most competitive of prices; and our stock includes pieces from Carlisle Brass, M Marcus, and many more. No matter the material or the finish you’re searching for, we’re sure to be able to help.

Door Knobs, Door Handles and Door Knockers for Sheffield and Rotherham Homes

Our door knobs, door handles and door knockers are sure to impress you; and we’d love to speak to you about how they could work for your home. Whatever the requirements, we consistently meet a whole host of needs – there really is no other supplier to go to; as we continue to lead the market in the Sheffield and Rotherham area.

To speak to us about any of our products, you can give us a call on 01246 731481, or 07961 832812. Even if we don’t have the product in stock that you’re after, we can almost always source it for you. We’re experienced in meeting the needs of all our customers, so you can be safely assured that we’ll always be able to help.

 

 

 

 

4 Reasons Why Changing the Door Knockers at Your Home can be a Great Idea

The possibilities for home renovations are endless. Whether you’re looking to upgrade an existing property – or upgrade one that you’re moving in to – there will always be ways for you to make changes. Door knockers present a great opportunity for you to make property alterations and we at Handsome Handles have devised a list of reasons why we think you should get on board:

They’re Heavily Intrinsic with UK Traditions

wealdon door knockersSome of the most famous UK properties have iconic door knockers at their entrances. A great example of this is the lion head door knocker that can be found at number 10 Downing Street. Door knockers like this have formed a vital part of the make-up of the nation’s properties for centuries and that is a tradition that we as homeowners should hold on to. Even if you’re property is exclusively modern, you can still find an appropriate door knocker.

There Are Always Door Knockers That will Match Well to Your Home

Each and every home is different. But that certainly doesn’t mean that the appropriate products to match aren’t out there on the available market. As time has gone by the choice of door knockers available to consumers has increased; and there are now designs that can be matched to both contemporary and traditional property design schemes – see Handsome Handles for more.

Door Knockers Are a Cost-Effective, One-Off Investment

One of the biggest factors that holds people back from making improvements at their property is the money that they have to pay out to do so. Yet door knockers needn’t fall into this category of prevention. There are a vast array of these products that are available to you ,the majority of which are purchasable for an extremely cost effective outlay – so don’t let the money factor hold you back.

They Can Inspire a New Design Scheme at Your Property

What starts out initially as a minor investment could lead to inspiration being provided for an entire property makeover. You may see a cast iron door knocker that you like that encourages you to delve into past traditions of interior design within your home. Or, a strikingly-modern door knocker - made from a contemporary material such as polished chrome - might inspire you to embrace modern design trends. The choice really is endless.

Contact Handsome Handles for Door Knockers, Door Knobs and Door Handles

Once you’ve made the decision to change the door knockers at your property, there’s only one supplier to turn to. At Handsome Handles we’re vastly experienced in providing customers with an extensive array of door knockers to choose from, all of which can enhance your property.

We’re also a popular supplier choice for customers looking for door knobs and door handles, both of which can provide further cost-effective property additions. To speak to us further about our impressive array of products, you can call us on 07961 832812, or 01246 731481. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Update the Door Handles at Your Home

The smaller features of your home can be the most charming. Door handles present a great way to enhance your home without any upheaval and as a leading UK supplier of these products we’ve put together a list of 5 great reasons why you should consider new door handles at your property:

They Can Add Value to Your Home

It should never be underestimated how much difference the minor details can make to the overall value of your home. Prospective buyers are always on the look-out for pieces of a home that help it to stand out from the rest of the market; and if you’re looking to sell, showing consideration of the minor details could significantly benefit you in the long run. Door handles present a great opportunity to show attention to detail.

Internal and External Door Handles Can Add Character

wing door handle on backplateEven if you’re not looking to sell, don’t underestimate the appeal that can be generated through the introduction of new internal and external door handles in your home. From wing shaped handles on a backplate, through to Cinco lever handles on rose, the choice with Handsome Handles truly is expansive; and should provide you with all the potential you need to make a great character statement at your property.

Door Handles Can Contemporise Your Property

For many homeowners one of the most occurring difficulties that they face is that there property has begun to look dated. For those people, it can be difficult to know where to start with regards to a home facelift, but we at Handsome Handles are experts in the supply of a whole range of contemporary door handles that can stylishly bring your home into the 21st century.

They Present a Cost-Effective Means to Upgrade Your Home

One of the greatest strengths of installing new door handles is that they are an extremely cost effective product. For the impression that they can leave on visitors, the relatively small outlay that is required to purchase them pales into insignificance. You’d be hard pressed to find another feature at your home which could be successfully upgraded in such a cost effective manner.

Door Handles Are a Great Conversation Starter

They are also a great way to impress visitors to your home. They evidence your consideration of the minor details and can help you to form a reputation amongst your friends as an advocate of classy contemporary interior design.

Contact Handsome Handles for Door Handles, Door Knobs and Door Knockers

Here at Handsome Handles we’re extensively experienced in the supply of not only door handles, but also door knobs and door knockers. If you’d like to speak to us more about any of our products, you can get in touch via 07961832812, or 01246 731481. One of our dedicated and friendly customer service team will be delighted to take your call.

Add Character to Your Home with Black Antique Iron Door Handles

Establishing a unique sense of design within your home can be a rewarding process. Many people are looking to diversify the interior of their property; and with careful consideration of how to do this it’s something that can be achieved with minimal fuss. Internal door handles and external door handles are a great place to start; and there’s only one supplier to choose.

Here at Handsome Handles we’re the industry leader in the supply of door handles in Sheffield, Rotherham and beyond; and it’s easy to see why. Our extensive ranges of unique products are perfect for adding a cost-effective, unique touch to your home and the substantial choice that we offer has played a big part in us building up many happy client relationships.

For those looking to make a bold character statement at their property, our black antique iron door handles could be the ideal product. Coming in a range of innovative and stylish designs, they’re perfect for allowing you to add real character within your home. The stately undertones attached to the material are synonymously classy and historical.

Gothic Undertones with Black Iron Door Handles

curly tail door handle on gothic backplateMaybe you’d like to have a feature room which is steeped in history? Or perhaps you’d like to give your entire property a traditional makeover? Whatever your requirements may be, our black antique iron products are versatile enough so that they can be incorporated as subtlety or grandly as you wish them to be.

From our Curly Tail door handle on a backplate, through to our Barley Twist door handle on a Gothic backplate, the choice really is inviting. We take pride in being able to source some of the most unusual and unique door handles around; and we know from experience that those door handles can be some of the most popular with both new and existing customers.

If the Gothic style of our black antique iron range doesn’t appeal to you, make sure you take a look around the rest of our site, as we’re bound to have more door handles that are better suited to your own needs. We also have a wide variety of contemporary door handles cast in modern materials such as polished chrome that can help customers with homes designed at the other end of the spectrum.

Contact Handsome Handles for More on Our Door Handles, Door Knobs and Door Knockers

We’d love the opportunity to speak to you more about our expansive variety of door handles, as well as any of our fantastic door knobs and door knockers which you can read more about in this blog. You can call us on 07961832812, where one of our experienced and friendly staff will only be too happy to take your call.

We’re sure that well be able to help you resolve any enquiries that you may have. For those wishing to contact us via our website you can instead look to get in touch by visiting our contact page.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Door Knobs and Door Knockers

doctor door knockersAs UK based suppliers of door knobs and door knockers, Handsome Handles know plenty of interesting facts about them. So, we’ve put together a selection of 5 things that you may not know about door knobs and door knockers – enjoy!

Door Knobs were First Made in the USA

Door knobs have been used around the world for centuries, but the first ever door knob was made in the USA around the middle of the 19th century. American doorknob designs and materials have changed over the years, with the first ever door knobs being made out of wood in colonial times, involving a simple system of latches and strings.

Brass and Copper Door Knobs Disinfect Themselves

The surfaces of copper and its alloys, such as brass and bronze, have the advantage of being antimicrobial. This means that they are able to kill a range of harmful microbes relatively quickly. As you can imagine, this property makes brass and copper a good choice for healthcare environments, but it can also be reassuring to know that if you choose to have brass or copper door knobs in your home, microbes can be killed off within 2 hours or less!

Door Knockers with Faces Are Thought to Scare Off Witches and Malign Spirits

It is quite common for come antique door knockers to have faces on them; often rather grotesque human faces that aren’t particularly attractive. The theory behind this practice is that the scary face would serve to frighten off evil spirits, witches and unwanted spirit beings, keeping homes safe.

The Famous Door Knocker of Number 10 Downing Street

Arguably the most famous door knocker in the world, Number 10 Downing Street’s brass lion head door knocker is an iconic representation of Great Britain. Fitted in the 1780’s and painted black, the Downing Street door knocker is a classic design that has been touched by some of the world’s most influential leaders.

Door Knobs Have 4 Main Parts

Door knobs are made up of 4 main parts. The basic components are the knob rose, shank, spindle and knob top. The knob top is the upper and larger part that is grasped in the hand. The shank is the stem of the knob and contains a hole or socket to receive the spindle. The knob rose is a washer or round plate that forms a knob socket and is adapted for attaching it to the surface of the door. The knob is attached to the spindle, which consists of a metal shaft that is used to turn the latch of the lock.

Wide Range of Door Knockers and Door Knobs

If you are looking for a set of door knobs for your home, or you’d like to find a memorable door knocker that your guests will remember, Handsome Handles have a fantastic range of door knobs and door knockers for you to choose from. Call us on 07961 832812 or 01246 731481 or email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk

How the Design of Door Knockers Has Changed Over Time

Door knockers are the first detail of your home that will catch the attention of visitors and allow them to signal their presence to you. When one is carefully placed, it can give those visiting your home an indication of the design scheme within; and evidence your careful consideration of the detailed aspects of property design.

There’s a story behind every door knocker; particularly those ones that have lasted the course of history. Whilst sleek polished chrome and stainless brass door knockers are becoming ever more prevalent features at contemporary homes; there are still classic designs that remain.

Traditional Designs of Door Knockers


lion head door knockersSome of the oldest door knockers are those designed on the faces of animals; like our fantastic lion head door knockers from Carlisle Brass. In Britain, the lion is a national symbol; and appears everywhere from 10 Downing Street to the shirts of the national football team.

Lions have been a particularly popular choice for door knockers for centuries, with it commonly suggested that they were originally meant to act as guardians for a property. That idea of choosing a door knocker that ‘protects’ your home can also be applied to door knockers shaped like hands.

Our black iron hand knocker bears similarity to the classic ‘Hand of Fatima’; which is designed to look roughly like a human hand. Hand-shaped door knockers are particularly popular in Northern Africa and are said to ward off the eye of evil spirits.

Contemporary Door Knockers Becoming a More Common Choice


ring door knockersOver time these traditional door knockers have begun to share the market with contemporary ones. Whilst there will always be justifiable validity for products such as those made from traditional materials like black iron; it may just be that your home simply does not match to them.

When that is the case, your property may be better suited to one of our ring knockers; which can be supplied in modern finishes such as satin nickel, satin chrome and polished chrome. These slickly-stylized door knockers could blend perfectly with water-resistant, wooden front doors such as those made from Spanish Cedar or Jarrah.

At Handsome Handles we have many more door knockers available to customers than those covered in this article. We also stock an entirety of door handles and door knobs; and we’re certain that you’ll be satisfied with the choice on offer to you. You can get in touch with us by giving us a call on 07961832812; where a member of our enthusiastic and dedicated team will only be too happy to take your call. 

Vitalize Your Bathroom with New Door Handles or Door Knobs

Adding that little touch of class to your home is always extremely satisfying. For people who are upgrading existing rooms – or building new ones – our door handles and door knobs can be the perfect fit. Our many years of combined experience have helped us to build up an extensive product range; and we’re proud of the choice that we’re able to offer.

Made from a mixture of both contemporary and traditional materials; our range of products at Handsome Handles are suitable for matching an entirety of varying home decor styles. Different rooms are likely to require different design touches; and we can help you find the merchandise that will be best suited to each room in your home.

Grand Schemes or Cost-Effective Solutions

Taking the bathroom as a case study; we’re well placed to offer advice to help you visualize our commodities in situ. For a successful bathroom upgrade, you’ll first need to recognize the other materials that are in play within the room. If you’re starting from scratch, this won’t be a problem as you can decide on all your materials for your new bathroom before you’ve begun.

For minor alterations to an existing room however, there’s always more to consider; but sometimes smaller upgrades may be more suited - they are more cost-effective to introduce than an entirely new room. Whether you’re adding smaller touches to an existing room or starting one from scratch; our products are perfect for either.

Contemporary Bathroom with Satin Chrome Door Handles

For contemporary bathrooms with subtle wood-effect tiling and acrylic cabinets, any one of our satin chrome internal door handles or external door handles would be perfect to match. The classy silver appearance would stand out as a classy modern feature; whilst slickly complimenting the smooth acrylic.

Traditional Bathroom with Barley Twist Door Handles

barley twist door handlesIn complete contrast, many other people like to keep their home feeling more traditional. For those sorts of historical bathroom schemes, our Barley Twist door handles could be an excellent match. The black antique iron resonates with grand Victorian design; whilst the product comes in a bathroom version.

You can find out more about many of our other door handles and door knobs that we stock by visiting www.handsomehandles.co.uk. You’ll be able to see more detail on the products mentioned here; whilst you may be inspired to make home design decisions of your own.

 If you’d like to speak to a member of our dedicated team instead, you can give us a call on 07961832812; where someone from Handsome Handles will only be too happy to help resolve any enquiries that you may have.