How to Purchase Door Hardware

Door Backset

Start Here With the Basics:

The most important thing you need to know before shopping for door hardware is how your doors are already prepped.

Before You Order Check These Things:

Backset - The measurement from the bore hole to the edge of the door. Some door hardware comes with an adjustable backset, some you have to specify what you need.

Bore Hole and Cross Bore - Standard door prep is 2 1/8" Bore hole with 1" cross bore. If your doors are different than this, please contact us for help.

Door Thickness - Standard doors are 1 3/8" - 1 3/4" thick.

Basic Door Hardware Terms

Standard Door Latch Types
Standard door latches are available in three configurations, Drive-in Latch, rounded corner and square corner mortise plate latches. If you have a much larger latch than shown here, you likely have a mortise lock.

Door Hardware Parts Image 1Door Hardware Guide

So you're looking for door hardware or other home hardware accessories? Read through this simple guide to educate yourself about door hardware, functions, finishes and other important information. Its easier and less costly to order the correct items the first time rather than have to order, return and re-order to get the items you need.

The topics discussed in this guide are:

Standard Measurements for Door Knobs
Door knobs and levers and their functions (what you need and where)
Deadbolts - Single Cylinder Vs. Double Cylinder
Entrance Handlesets
How to determine door handing.
Door hardware to use on a french door
About Hardware Finishes
Caring for your Door Hardware
How to use
Door Hardware Checklist how to determine what you need one item at a time.

Door Hardware Parts Image 2Standard Measurements for Doorknobs

The first step to ordering door hardware is figuring out what you need. Before we get into the different doorknob functions, it's important to know what your door preparation is so that you don't order knobs that can't be used. You'll want to check your backset, the bore hole size, cross bore size and the thickness of your door.

To the left is a simple diagram that helps illustrate what a bore hole and cross bore is. The bore hole is the large hole where the actual door knob is inserted and mounted. The cross bore is the small hole on the edge of the door. The door latch is inserted into the cross bore first. The latch goes through into the large bore hole and then the door knob is mounted The backset is the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the large bore hole. The standard backset is 2 3/8" or 2 3/4". Most doors are 2 3/8" backset, but some [mostly exterior doors] have a 2 3/4" backset.

While many door knob manufacturers ship their hardware with an adjustable backset, some do not. You may be asked for this information when ordering.

Door thickness can vary. Most interior doors are 1 3/8" thick. Exterior doors are often 1 3/4" thick. Most door hardware manufacturers make their products to fit these standard thicknesses. If you have a thicker door, please contact Direct Door Hardware. We may be able to recommend something that will work for you.

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French doors are not what you think they are

The term "french" door simply refers to a stile and rail door whose panel area is predominantly glass, and is applicable to both paired units and single glass doors.
It is not synonymous with a pair of doors, and not all french doors come in pairs.
So, since I'm guessing you aren't wanting to see into the closet when the door(s) are closed, your question is really whether or not to put in a single or double door unit to the closet.
Either will work, but obviously the single limits access...if it's just for coats and the like, then it's not a biggie either way, but if you intend to use it for bigger items, a larger opening is worth it

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Weather in the eighties, sun in full-go mode. Get yourself some nifty doors and howl! Homes with double entry doors, or of color, or of
shiny or distressed finish lend class and dash.
The plainer the home's exterior, the more an
exterior art door enlivens it. Or get fancy door hardware. Knobs on drawers can make or break an environment. Plain white vanishing
hinges, drawer and/or door handles on older white kitchen cabinets can modernize for under $300. Arched doorways can hype an economy condo; ached entry ways can satisfy millions!
Colors are magic and can displace an actual architectural absence

Well done. That makes it easier.

My first inclination is either a four or six panel entry, probably paint grade so it doesn't look overdone for the front of the house. If you like the window, do a two panel lower with a single or double lite on top. They're reasonable and readily available.
Those would be good, safe choices. It should work perfectly with your existing interior six panels, the 3x5 lites in the pic, and the fireplace in the reflection.
The choices for entry doors are limitless, and range widely in cost. Here's a basic site to help you along: your time, choose your color and hardware carefully (again, limitless selection and price), and you'll have the coolest, most welcoming entry door in the whole neighborhood.

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Home Improvement (Baldwin)
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  • Featuring SmartKey re-key technology; the lock you can re-key yourself in seconds
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Spectrum Diversified Over the Door Wreath Holder
Home (Spectrum Diversified)
  • Color: White
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  • Fits doors of 1-3/4 thickness.
  • Hangs over the door.
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Home Improvement (iTouchless)
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