Canadian City of Vancouver Bans the Door Knob in Favour of Door Handles

Door knobs banned in Vancouver in favour of door handlesYou could be forgiven for thinking that the title of this blog post is joke, but seriously, it’s real! As part of the new building code in Vancouver, Canada, traditional round door knobs have been banned in favour of flat lever door handles which are easier to grip. This style of door handle must be used in all new construction according to the new rules, including private residential housing, from March 2014. Apparently, it is part of an effort to ensure that Vancouver’s building code reflects principles of “universal design” – construction that accommodates people who may be impaired by injury or old age.

Art Deco Door Knobs Removed From Vancouver City Hall

According to local government, the new building code is an attempt to make accessibility easier for the elderly and disabled residents of the Canadian city. As well as the new door handle requirements, Vancouver has passed other building requirements such as wider door frames, levers on taps, and minimum height standards for plug sockets.

Although the new code only applies to new buildings, not existing ones, it has caused a bit of an uproar among people who don’t like the idea of the local government being able to dictate such minor details in their homes. People are also angry that all the Art Deco door knobs in Vancouver City Hall were removed and replaced with door handles with gold door levers.

‘Good Design’ of Door Handles

The city’s former chief building inspector, Will Johnston, told the Vancouver Sun: “Technology changes. Things change. We live with that. When I look at what we are proposing, it is simply good design. It allows for homes to be built that can be used more easily for everybody.”

Here at Handsome Handles, we are certainly relieved that door knobs haven’t been banned in the UK. We love door knobs, and are very proud of our extensive range or centre door knobs, cabinet knobs, and various other styles and variations on the classic. Although, we do love door handles just as much!

If you are searching for new door handles or door knobs for your home, we have an extensive range of internal door handles, external door handles and door knobs available. Whether you are looking for sleek modern design or something more traditional, call Handsome Handles on 07961 832812 or visit our contact page to get in touch.

The Latest Door Handle Invention Sanitises Hands and Prevents Infection

doctor - sanatised door handles for hospitalsAt Handsome Handles, we specialise in providing door handles, door knobs and door knockers for homes in Sheffield, Rotherham, and throughout the UK. But a recent news story about hospital door handles caught our eye this week!

According to several reports published in the last few days, a new type of door handle has been designed for use in hospitals that sanitises hands with a touch.

Encouraging People to Clean their Hands When Using Door Handles

As suppliers of door handles and door knockers for mainly domestic purposes, this isn’t something we have much experience in, but it certainly seems like a good idea. The door handle is called PullClean and has been developed by the British studio Agency of Design for Altitude Medical. The simple column can apparently be fitted onto any pull door and consists of a blue paddle at the bottom which dispenses a small quantity of hand sanitiser when it is pushed. The designers think that by using this simple method, sanitisation will increase in hospitals because it will become a habit for people to clean their hands every time they open a door.

You may have seen plenty of hand sanitisers dotted around hospital corridors, but sadly, their existence doesn’t mean that people actually use them. It’s easy to walk past them in a hurry and simply forget to clean your hands. That’s why this new door handle is thought to be so effective; you really can’t miss it as you move through the door. By putting the hand sanitiser on the door handle in the line of motion, it is thought to be much harder to miss, therefore increasing the rate of sanitation significantly.

Sanitising Door Handles and Smart Software

According to the designers, the refillable door handles also come with sensors that are built in to track the number of times the dispenser has been used. This sensor then links to a web application that makes administrators aware of how often they are being used in relation to how often the doors are being opened.

Although they are obviously very different from the door handles and door knobs available in our product range, we still think that this is a really great idea to prevent the spread of infections and diseases in hospitals. Anything that can contribute to hospitals being safe places where people can recover is undoubtedly a good thing. For more information about our range of door handles, door knobs and door knockers, call us on 07961 832812.

Transform Your Home with Beautiful Internal Door Handles and Door Knobs

Amazon contemporary lever on rose door handleIf you are looking for an affordable way to update the interior of your home, there are many things that you can do to give your home a bit of a lift without spending a fortune. You may be inclined to give your living room or kitchen a coat of paint in a brighter colour for example, or maybe you would like to update key pieces of furniture with something new.

A great way to transform the interior of your home without having to spend a fortune is to remove your existing door handles or door knobs and replace them with something new. Finding door handles that look good and function well at the same time can require a fair amount of browsing, but with a little time and effort, you will be able to find the door handles that will suit your home.

Choosing the Material and Finish for Your Door Knobs

Glass faceted door knobDoor knobs come in all different shapes, sizes and materials, and knowing where to start can be daunting. There are many different materials to choose from, for example, brass, chrome, wood or iron. Before you make a decision you need to consider the look that you are going for in your home, and whether or not your door knobs and door handles compliment your colour scheme and the type of property you live in.

If you own a period home and plan to keep your decor as traditional as possible, you may wish to choose door handles or door knobs that are in keeping with the style of your house. For example, brass or porcelain door knobs were especially popular in the Victorian period, whereas Edwardian homes typically features wooden door handles.

If your home is more modern, however, you may choose a more contemporary style of door handle, perhaps in polished chrome or satin chrome. A modern home may be suited to door handles of muted colours in silver or chrome, with clean lines and a contemporary shape to compliment the decoration and interior of the property.

Sheffield Interior Door Handle Supplier

If you are looking to spruce up your home without spending a fortune on decorating and new furniture, new door handles or door knobs are a fantastic and affordable way to do so. Here at Handsome Handles, we have an extensive selection of internal door handles and door knobs and are sure to have a style that will suit your home, whatever look you are hoping to achieve.

The Invention and History of Door Knobs

Old style door knob and knockerDoor knobs have a very interesting history.  Although it is difficult to provide an exact date of when door knobs first came into use, the first documentation of the invention of a door knob was in 1878.  The U.S. Patent Office received a submission made for improvements on a door-closing device by an African American inventor named Osbourn Dorsey. Door knobs and door handles are now a vital part of modern doors!

What Did People Use before Door Knobs and Door Handles Were Invented?

Before door knobs and door handles were invented, people often just used locks with keys, if they could afford to have a lock fitted. Alternatively, instead of locking a door, they would simply keep their valuables in boxes or chests that could be locked, and the key kept safe. For the wealthy, a servant called a Chamberlain would be trusted with the keys to the king’s locks, who would keep his treasures locked away in a bedroom.

Therefore, closing doors and keeping them secured didn’t actually require door knobs. The problem was that locks were very expensive, and poorer people just didn’t have the money to be able to afford them. That meant that they had to rely on simpler, cheaper ways to open and close doors. For this they came up with the latch-string. By using this method, which involved the use of a bar across the door, people inside were kept safe and so were their possessions.

So, instead of a door handle or door knob, they would make a small hole in the door and insert a leather thong or piece of string or cord and loop it around the bar. Pulling the cord enabled the bar to be raised, which meant that someone could enter. This latch-string method wasn’t really practical for interior doors of larger houses, however, as it took too long to undo and redo the latches as you walked through the house.

Internal Door Handles and External Door Handles in Modern Houses

Thankfully, door handles and door knobs are now widespread, both on interior and exterior doors. External door handles may be accompanied by a lock for safety and security, and interior door handles and door knobs may be left without for easy access throughout a building.

As experienced suppliers of contemporary door handles and exquisite door knobs in Sheffield, Handsome Handles have a wide range of door handles, door knobs and door knockers. For more information about our great range, or to make an enquiry, don’t hesitate to contact us on 07961 832812, or visit the contact page of our website to get in touch.

Make a Great First Impression with an Unusual Door Knocker or Door Knob!

Unusual hand shaped black iron door knockerWhen it comes to your front door, first impressions count. Have you ever knocked on the door of a property and surveyed your surroundings as you wait for the door to be answered? What have you noticed first? The colour of their door, the size of the garden, or maybe you noticed the shape and size of the knocker that you have just used.

There are many unusual door knockers, door handles and door knobs on the market today and choosing the right one to compliment your front door can be a struggle. After all, it may be one of the first things that a visitor sees, and you want to make an impact! Here are a couple of great examples of unique door knobs for you to consider.

Unusual Hand Door Knocker in Black Iron

If you are looking for a door knocker that is truly unique and slightly unusual, why not consider this fabulous door knocker in the shape of a hand. Supposedly common in Prague, hand shaped door knockers are rumoured to represent the Hand of Fatima, a talisman to protect a house from evil. There are also theories relating to doors having two knockers, one of a male and one of a female hand, so that the residents of the house knew the gender of the visitor.

Carlisle Brass Lion Head Door Handle

Carlisle Brass Lions Head Door Handle KnockerAnother unusual external door handle is this fabulous lion head door knocker from Carlisle Brass. Lion head door knockers are fairly common in the UK, where the lion is considered a national symbol. Lion head door knockers actually date back to ancient Greece and are thought to represent power and strength. They can also be thought of as guardians of a building, and what could be better to guard your home than a lion?!

Door Handles, Door Knobs and Door Knockers in Sheffield

Here at Handsome Handles, we have a great selection of door handles, door knobs and door knockers. Whatever the colour, style or finish of your door, we believe we will be able to advise you on the perfect choice of door handle or door knob for your home. Whether you need an internal door handle or an external door handle, our range will certainly have something for you. Whether you need a simple, traditional door knob or a unique, unusual door knocker like the ones above, Handsome Handles can help. Call us on 07961 832812 or visit our contact page to get in touch.