Door Hardware and Locks Buying Guide

The hardware you choose for your door should pair smart functionality with stylish design. Use this buying guide to find the best hardware for all of your exterior and interior doors.

Types of Door Hardware and Locks

Types of Door Hardware and Locks

The vast array of door hardware choices can seem overwhelming, but if you keep in mind what the hardware will be used for, you can more quickly sort through the options. Some hardware is designed for exterior doors, while other products are meant for interior doors. Some types feature a locking mechanism, while others do not. Some hardware is designed to provide extra security, while other types of hardware are not functional at all—they're purely designed for aesthetic purposes. Here are the main types of door hardware available.

Mortise

Designed for entry doors, this type of hardware includes a key-operated lock and a deadbolt within a rectangular metal box.

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Acorn
$215.12

Use with pre-drilled door: 11'' x 3-7/16'' proj- 2-3/8'' Front: 1'' x 2-1/4'' Preparation Depth: 3-5/8'' Backset: 2-3/8'' or 2-3/4...'' Door Thickness: 1-3/8'' to 1-3/4'' Latch uses no springs and operates by gravity alone- Reversible fits right- or... read more

Prime-Line
$24.47

This mortise lock set is constructed from steel and comes plated in satin nickel. It features glass constructed knobs and locks wi...th the included keys. It comes complete with fasteners for a quick and easy installation. read more

Defiant
$24.47

The Defiant 2 in. Victorian Glass Knob Mortise Lock Set is constructed from steel and comes finished in aged bronze. It is designe...d for left-handed or right-handed installation. The lock bolt is key-activated from either side. read more

Keyed Entry Sets

These locksets, available in both knob and lever designs, feature a key-operated lock and are designed for exterior doors. They are often paired with a deadbolt for extra security.

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Kwikset
$56.00 $29.11

MANUFACTURER: Kwikset TYPE: Knobset APPLICATION: Keyed Entry FUNCTION: Single Cylinder SKU #: 740H-L03S SERIES: Signature Series P...roduct Features: Finish: Lifetime Polished Brass Door Thickness: 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-5/8" Backset: 2-3/4", 2-3/8",... read more

Kwikset
$101.00 $57.51

MANUFACTURER: Kwikset TYPE: Leverset APPLICATION: Keyed Entry FUNCTION: Single Cylinder SKU #: 740CHL-15 SERIES: Signature Series ...Product Features: Finish: Satin Nickel Handing: Left, Reversible, Right Door Thickness: 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-5/8"... read more

Kwikset
$98.00 $55.96

MANUFACTURER: Kwikset TYPE: Leverset APPLICATION: Keyed Entry FUNCTION: Single Cylinder SKU #: 740CHL-15 SERIES: Signature Series ...Product Features: Finish: Satin Nickel Handing: Left, Reversible, Right Door Thickness: 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-5/8"... read more

Kwikset
$59.00 $34.67

MANUFACTURER: Kwikset TYPE: Knobset APPLICATION: Keyed Entry FUNCTION: Single Cylinder SKU #: 740H-L03S SERIES: Signature Series P...roduct Features: Finish: Lifetime Polished Brass Door Thickness: 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1-5/8" Backset: 2-3/4", 2-3/8",... read more

Deadbolts

This hardware features a flat-ended bolt that extends into the door frame for added security. Single-cylinder deadbolts with a thumb-turn latch on the inside are the most popular, but double-cylinder deadbolts are also available. Double-cylinder models must be locked and unlocked from both sides with a key.

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Kwikset
$53.55

Step up to designer styles and superior security with kwikset signature series products .The Kwikset 599/598 signature series gate...latch deadbolt, is the perfect choice for keeping gate doors such as swimming pool gates and house entry gates secured.... read more

Kwikset
$37.53

For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information. 1-...CYL DEADBOLT SMT ANT BRSS BX MANUFACTURER: Kwikset TYPE: Deadbolt APPLICATION: Keyed Entry FUNCTION: Single Cylinder SKU... read more

Kwikset
$49.40

Step up to designer styles and superior security with Kwikset signature series products. The Kwikset 599/598 signature series gate... latch deadbolt is the perfect choice for keeping gate doors such as swimming pool gates and house entry gates secured.... read more

Keyless Entry Sets

This type of door hardware allows users to type in a code to open the door instead of using a key. They can be a good option for large families or for people who tend to lose their keys.

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MiLocks
$139.62

Keyless door locks by MiLocks let you lock and unlock your door without keys. A direct replacement for your standard residential d...oor lock without any additional wiring or drilling required making for a simple hassle free installation.Features. Works... read more

Cost Plus World Market
$7.98

Home Decor -Swap out your ordinary drawer pulls for something with sparkle. Filled with copper-plated brass wire, our resin knobs ...lend a dazzling touch to doors and drawers. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forartisan gifts,gifts,decor,home decor,accessories,decorative accessories,decorative,accessories,decorative accents,decorative hardware,drawer handles,drawer pulls. By Cost Plus World Market. read more

Cost Plus World Market
$3.98

Home Decor -Give cabinets and cupboards a vintage update with our flower-shaped iron knobs, detailed with ornate designs and finis...hed in antique bronze. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forartisan gifts,gifts,decor,home decor,accessories,decorative accessories,decorative,accessories,decorative accents,decorative hardware,drawer handles,drawer pulls. By Cost Plus World Market. read more

Cost Plus World Market
$7.98

Home Decor -With their creamy ivory color and eye-catching faceted design, our natural bone knobs make an art deco-inspired additi...on to cabinets, cupboards and drawers. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forartisan gifts,gifts,decor,home decor,accessories,decorative accessories,decorative,accessories,decorative accents,decorative hardware,drawer handles,drawer pulls. By Cost Plus World Market. read more

Passage Doorknobs

Used on interior doors where privacy is not a concern, these knobs do not include a locking function.

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Emtek
$152.60

With brilliant crystal knobs and generously sized back plates, the Trenton door set makes an impressive period statement. Recallin...g colonial revival hardware from the late Victorian era, this bold design is ideal for oversized interior doors. Six traditional finishes ranging from polished chrome to oil-rubbed bronze give you options for every room in the house. Beautifully forged from solid brass and equipped with heavy-duty mechanics, this handsome door set will give you a lifetime of top-quality performance.Door Set dimensions: Astoria crystal knobs are 2 " in diameter. Back plates measure 10 3/4" H x 2 1/2" W.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Emtek
$117.09

Craving a touch of Victorian splendor? Look no further. We've paired gorgeous diamond crystal knobs with circa 1880s rosettes for ...maximum decorative effect. Finely crafted from solid, forged brass and genuine lead crystal, this lovely Yale & Towne design is the perfect way to infuse period style into any new construction or renovation.Door Set dimensions: Diamond crystal knobs measure 2 1/4" in diameter. Rosettes measure 2 3/4" in diameter.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Emtek
$97.08

Alluring oval rosettes and elliptical brass knobs make a sophisticated impression in any setting. Beautifully forged from strong a...nd enduring solid brass, and equipped with heavy-duty spring assists, this handsome set performs even better than it looks. With fabulous finishes from polished chrome to oil-rubbed bronze, you'll find the perfect expression of your personal style.Doorset dimensions: Oval brass knobs are 2 11/16" H x 1 5/8" W. Oval rosettes measure 4 1/2" H x 2 1/2" W.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.What is PVD finish?Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Emtek
$116.77

Craving a touch of Victorian splendor? Look no further. We've paired gorgeous diamond crystal knobs with circa 1880s rosettes for ...maximum decorative effect. Finely crafted from solid, forged brass and genuine lead crystal, this lovely Yale & Towne design is the perfect way to infuse period style into any new construction or renovation.Door Set dimensions: Diamond crystal knobs measure 2 1/4" in diameter. Rosettes measure 2 3/4" in diameter.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Privacy Hardware

These knob or lever latch sets include a locking mechanism. They are typically used for bedroom and bathroom doors.

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Emtek
$99.09

Whether your home is traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between, this solid brass door set is a fitting choice. The simple..., yet refined design equally suits a mid-century ranch or a classic colonial. Interlocking rosettes and a modern tubular latch make installation quick and easy. Heavy-duty spring-assisted knobs offer ultra-smooth turning action, giving you vintage style without the "rattle" of antique mortise locks. With three functions and four popular finishes, you'll find the perfect combination for every room in your house.Door set dimensions: Round brass knobs measure 2 1/4" in diameter. Brass rosettes measure 2 3/4" in diameter.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Emtek
$101.00

Colonial, Craftsman, Mid-Century Modern - the Providence door set says it all. Rectangular rosettes and plain round knobs are unpr...etentious, yet subtly stylish. And with finishes ranging from polished chrome to oil-rubbed bronze, you can tailor the look to every room in your house. Finely forged from solid brass and updated with spring-assisted mechanics, this straight-forward design will give you a lifetime of beauty and quality performance.Door Set dimensions: Round brass knobs are 2 1/4" in diameter. Rectangular rosettes measure 4 3/8" H x 2 5/8" W.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.What is PVD finish?Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Emtek
$102.43

In the early 20th century, fluted brass knobs such as these were offered by every hardware manufacturer. Considered colonial in st...yle, they were a pleasingly simple alternative to the more vigorously decorative designs that characterize the era. We've paired our reproduction knobs with interlocking rosettes and a modern tubular latch to make installation quick and easy. Heavy-duty spring assisted mechanics provide incredibly smooth turning action, giving you vintage style without the "rattle". Finely crafted from solid forged brass, this distinctive door set will infuse period charm into any new construction or renovation.Door set dimensions: Fluted brass knobs measure 2 3/8" in diameter. Brass rosettes measure 2 3/4" in diameter.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.What is PVD finish?Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Emtek
$152.92

With brilliant crystal knobs and generously sized back plates, the Trenton door set makes an impressive period statement. Recallin...g colonial revival hardware from the late Victorian era, this bold design is ideal for oversized interior doors. Six traditional finishes ranging from polished chrome to oil-rubbed bronze give you options for every room in the house. Beautifully forged from solid brass and equipped with heavy-duty mechanics, this handsome door set will give you a lifetime of top-quality performance.Door Set dimensions: Astoria crystal knobs are 2 " in diameter. Back plates measure 10 3/4" H x 2 1/2" W.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W.Passage and Privacy have a backset of 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".Learn how to determine the backset read more

Dummy Hardware

Used on both interior and exterior doors, this type of hardware is not connected to a latch or locking mechanism. It is used for aesthetic reasons, such as to provide matching trim on the nonfunctional unit in a set of French doors.

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Mintcraft
$18.39 $6.53

Surface mounted for doors where only a pull is required; no operation. seamless one-piece knob for extra strength constructed of d...ie cast materials. handing: must specify for right or left hand doors. read more

Baldwin
$650.00 $390.00

Devonshire Estates Full Dummy Entry Set With Right Handed Dummy 5152 Interior Lever This dummy set features non functioning interi...or lever and exterior handle. Dummy function is surface mounted and not functional except as a pull. This is perfect for... read more

Baldwin
$575.00 $345.03

Devonshire Estates Full Dummy Entry Set With Right Handed Dummy 5152 Interior Lever This dummy set features non functioning interi...or lever and exterior handle. Dummy function is surface mounted and not functional except as a pull. This is perfect for... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When comparing the various hardware options, you'll want to consider both style and function. As you look at the variety of designs and finishes available, think about the style of your home and your specific design tastes to find a good match. Also think about how much security you need as you compare the various options. You'll want to consider the design of the door where you'll be installing the hardware, and take some measurements before shopping. If you know a few basic things about your door, you can ensure the door hardware will not only look good but function properly as well.

Door Design

Before purchasing hardware, you'll need to make sure it will work on your door. If you'll be using the hardware on an existing door or a door with predrilled holes, you'll need to measure the diameter of the holes and make sure the hardware trim will cover the openings. Also measure the backset—the distance from the door edge to the center of the hole and the width of the door stile, which is the vertical panel at the edge of a frame-and-panel door, where the door hardware is installed. If the door has a thin stile, you may not be able to install certain hardware sets—of you'll end up with scraped knuckles when opening the door. Also be aware of the door's thickness. A standard interior door is 1-3/8 inches thick and an exterior door is 1-3/4 inches thick; if your door's thickness differs from these standards, you may need to purchase conversion parts to ensure the hardware will work with your door. If you're purchasing a lockset with a lever handle, you'll need to know the direction your door swings (called the door handing or hand-of-door) so you don't end up with levers that are upside down or on the wrong side of the door.

Style/Finish

Door hardware and locks are available in a variety of styles and finishes, so you can choose a model that complements your home's style as well as the finishes on other hardware and light fixtures. When choosing a finish, keep in mind that oil-rubbed bronze and antique bronze are living finishes that will change over time. Polished brass will tarnish if used outside, so choose a PVD finish for exterior doors. Also be aware that various brands use the same names for finishes, but they may not be an exact color match; be sure to compare colors if you'll be using multiple brands. If you want to upgrade the look of your home's entry (or interior spaces), consider installing a handle set rather than a standard knob or lever. Handle sets provide an upscale look and are available in a range of finishes and with many different trim options.

Security

As you're choosing the hardware for an exterior door, consider how much security you need or want. Mortise locks are usually the most secure, so they may provide greater peace of mind. If you have a glass entry door, some people like to install a double-cylinder deadbolt; with this setup, an intruder can't unlock the door from the inside even if they break the glass. However, you'll only want to use a double-cylinder lock if you have another easily accessible fire exit, because you would need to search for the key before being able to escape the house in an emergency.

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First Watch Security
$1,265.31 $9.90

Set of 10. Knob pair with spindle. Used on various interior mortise locksets or latch sets. Made from Solid Brass. Solid Brass Fin...ish. read more

Schlage
$70.00 $36.57

Schlage Works for You These sets have Concealed Screws which are hidden behind the rosette, providing a cleaner look to your door ...hardware, unlike many knobs and levers which have screws that mount through the rosette and are visible on the interior... read more

Schlage
$80.00 $41.97

Privacy Function: Privacy levers feature a thumbturn lock on the interior for use on bedroom and bathroom doors where locking is n...eeded. The exterior side of this privacy leverset features a small pin hole to unlock the lever from the outside.... read more

Schlage
$75.00 $40.80

Privacy Function: Privacy levers feature a thumbturn lock on the interior for use on bedroom and bathroom doors where locking is n...eeded. The exterior side of this privacy leverset features a small pin hole to unlock the lever from the outside.... read more

Schlage
$73.00 $38.32

Features: BHMA Grade 2, The Highest Residential Security Rating for a Lever Product Constructed from High Quality Materials with b...oth Security and Durability in Mind Features a Reversible, Symmetrical Design for Right or Left Handed Doors Simple Three... read more

Schlage
$85.00 $45.04

Privacy Function: Privacy levers feature a thumbturn lock on the interior for use on bedroom and bathroom doors where locking is n...eeded. The exterior side of this privacy leverset features a small pin hole to unlock the lever from the outside.... read more

Schlage
$60.00 $31.27

Passage Function: Schlage's passage door lever sets have no locking function and are free turning on both sides. These levers are ...perfect for a hallway or closet where a lock isn't necessary. Passage levers can also be used in conjunction with a... read more

Schlage
$73.00 $38.16

Passage Function: Schlage's passage door lever sets have no locking function and are free turning on both sides. These levers are ...perfect for a hallway or closet where a lock isn't necessary. Passage levers can also be used in conjunction with a... read more

Schlage
$73.00 $38.16

Privacy Function: Privacy levers feature a thumbturn lock on the interior for use on bedroom and bathroom doors where locking is n...eeded. The exterior side of this privacy leverset features a small pin hole to unlock the lever from the outside.... read more

Kwikset
$54.00 $28.08

Kwikset Katara Passage Door Lever Set NEW! Kwikset's New Contemporary Lever features a modern design with sleek finishes. This pas...sageway lever does not lock and is commonly used for hall and closet doors. Includes Standard Round Corner Strike Plate... read more

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