Door Hardware

When choosing door hardware, ensure that it's in scale with the door itself. Two hinges are usually sufficient for interior doors, but use three or four on entry doors. Entry doors are generally heavier, and call for more durable hardware. Choose locks according to the level of security you require.


Latches require a handle that turns, moving the internal mechanism, whereas with catches (see image), a simple pull knob or handle is sufficient. Lever latch: Levers are easy to grip and open, so are a perfect option for households with children or older adults. Lever latch with lock: This type of decorative latch with a small combined lock is often used for privacy on interior doors. Knob turns to secure lock. Pull handle: Used on accordion doors, bi-fold doors, and cabinet door fronts, pull handles are easier to grip than knobs. Knob: Simple doorknobs are used on interior doors, cabinetry, and furniture. Available in a variety of styles and finishes.

Door Stops

In addition to the door stop on the door frame, other door stops can be installed at the bottom of the door to limit the movement of the door or keep the door open.

Floor Door Stop: Cushioned to prevent slamming; Hinge-Pin Door Stop; Hinged Door Stop


Butt hinges are the most common form of hinge. Good-quality hinges come in brass and stainless steel. Some have extra features such as washers and ball bearings. Oil hinges once they have been installed.

Standard butt: Has three or four holes on each leaf, and a fixed pin in the hinge barrel. Rising butt: Lifts the door upward as it's opened, to allow for a sloping floor. Parliament: Extended leaf allows a door to open fully, where the frame might otherwise prevent it.

Doorset: Specific hinge for a doorset. Strap/Tee: Used on a ledge-and-brace door, or a door needing extra support.

Ball bearing: Installed like a butt hinge. Ball bearings give smooth action. Loose pin: The pin allows you to detach the door without removing the hinge. Flush: Surface-mounted so no need to cut into the door edge to install it. Vinyl: Specific hinge for a vinyl door.


Catches are either screwed directly to the door and door lining, or they may need recessing—as is the case with ball catches, for example. Catches are commonly used on closets.

Magnetic: Often used on glass doors. Made of high- impact plastic. Ball: Used on closets. The ball pushes into the strike plate. Roller: A quiet alternative to the clicking sound of a magnetic catch.

Tools and Materials Needed

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