If you’re brimming with excitement at the thought of adorning your new front door but aren’t sure what you actually need and what will work for your door, we’ve compiled a complete guide to all things front door furniture.
We recommend considering function first (which pieces will make the door work: open, close and lock), and then ‘extras’ (which pieces will make your door look gorgeous).
Door Handles Or Door Pull
The first choice to make is whether you need a door pull or a pair of lever handles or door knobs.
You can read our full guide to door pulls vs. door knobs here, but essentially door knobs (or lever handles) will turn to engage a latch, whereas a door pull is fixed in place and will just push and pull the door.
If you have a Yale lock or similar, this will act as your door ‘latch’ so you can fit a door pull and won’t need a turning door handle. Although it isn’t necessary for function, some doors incorporate both a turning door handle (to engage a latch and open the door) and a decorative door pull.
A large door pull (like this Octagonal design) is a great choice for traditional properties and grand entrances, or a subtly elegant design like the Round 3 inch Door Pull is perfectly suited to more modern homes.
Choosing a pair of handles rather than a door pull? You’ll be choosing between door knobs (more traditional) or lever handles (more contemporary).
We’re often asked if there is a ‘standard size’ for letterplates – unfortunately not! Letterplates come in a variety of sizes, so it’s important to measure first if you’re replacing an existing letterplate. Think about any paneling in your door that may restrict size and whether you’d like to fit A4 post through.
Other considerations are with or without a clapper and upright or horizontal?
A letter tidy can be fitted on the inside of the door – these are not essential but are a lovely way to neaten up the appearance by covering the hole and fittings from your letterplate, and help to reduce drafts.
If your door has a narrow central panel, consider a slim silhouette like the Doctors or Plain.
Remember that you don’t need a door knocker if your letterplate has a clapper, and vice versa.
Escutcheon Or Latch Pull
These are sold individually, and a popular choice is to fit a covered escutcheon on the outside of the door, and an uncovered escutcheon on the inside. Our most popular style is the Plain Round Escutcheon.
House numbers and letters in a matching finish to the rest of your door furniture will provide the perfect finishing touch.
If you’re replacing existing door furniture, you may not want to go to the trouble of re-hanging your door with new hinges, but if you’re having a new door made or you have a particular eye for detail, we offer a range of hinges in our most popular finishes. If you can’t find the right finish in our standard range, please contact us to enquire about bespoke options.