Types of Door Knobs
Door knobs come in various styles for specific applications around your home. Most types are easy to install and compatible with both left-handed and right-handed users. This guide explains the different kinds available so you can choose the best door knob for your needs.
- Dummy door knobs are usually one-sided and do not include a lock or key.
- They don’t twist or latch in place but instead make opening the door easy with a simple push or pull.
- Dummy knobs are best suited for small closets, pantries and interior French doors.
- Passage door knobs are similar to dummy door knobs, but they can be turned and latch in place.
- They do not lock and only allow passage from one room to the next.
- These knobs are great for interior hallways, utility spaces and larger closets.
- Keyed entry door knobs feature a lock and key mechanism on both sides for safety and security.
- These are frequently used for home entrances, including the front door or patio door.
- They can also be used to secure other rooms in your home like your basement or an important storage space.
- Privacy door knobs include a twist or button lock that only functions from one side.
- They can be unlocked from the other side with a small pin or emergency key instead of a traditional, grooved key.
- These door knobs are typically used in bathrooms, bedrooms and any other room that calls for a little privacy.
- Classic Door Knobs - Often rounded or shaped like a sphere, these offer easy gripping and twisting. This simple and classic style complements virtually all home interiors and are easy to find and replace.
- Antique Door Knobs - An aged accent with timeless character. Designed to compliment Traditional and Modern Victorian decor theme.
- Modern Door Knobs - Characterized by simple lines and sleek finishes. Great for modern, refined interior designs.
- Rustic Door Knobs - Offers countryside charm in any room of your home. Great for modern farmhouse decor and ranch-style designs.
Other door knob types include:
- Door Levers - often found on French doors but can be used wherever standard knobs are installed. These come in varying lengths and are easier to grab, making them ADA compliant and a great alternative for handicapped users.
- Handle Sets include a combination two keyed entry knobs. They’re usually designed for the front door of your home and feature a thumb latch for easy entry.
To coordinate the small details in your home, consider the different door knob finish options available to you:
Also consider clear, faceted or etched varieties for an extra decorative detail in any room. Custom door knobs are also available for one-of-a-kind accents throughout your whole home.