Types of Door Knobs

Learn the different door knob types to find which ones best suit your needs

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

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

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

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

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.

Door Knob Styles

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.

Door Knob Finishes

To coordinate the small details in your home, consider the different door knob finish options available to you: 

Bronze
Nickel
Black
Chrome
Brass
Pewter

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.