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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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

Ultra Hardware
$21.14 $20.99

As a value brand leader in hardware, Ultra Hardware offers quality products for builder's hardware, door security and cabinet hard...ware. Within builder's hardware, Ultra Hardware products span 14 categories including storm & screen door hardware, door security, builder's hardware, gate & garage hardware, home hardware, wire goods and more. Prominently featured in the door security category, Ultra Hardware offers timeless styles in today's most sought-after finishes, with three distinct collections: ultra security, ultra security Plus, and we St more security™. Ultra Hardware cabinet hardware product line offers the full range of decorative knobs and pulls from the most trendy to tested traditional styles and finishes. Old time mortise lock. Brass plated entry lock. Glass knobs. read more

Baldwin
$590.00 $354.00

Hamilton Style Exterior Trim Made of solid forged brass for a difference you can feel. Polished and Finished By Hand! Finishes mat...ch those of other Baldwin products for unity of design. Solid forged construction is done in the centuries old European... 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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Cost Plus World Market
$3.98

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Cost Plus World Market
$7.98

Hardware -Our Silver Mercury Glass Knobs make ideal finishing touches for DIY furniture projects, a remodeled kitchen or bathroom,... or reimagined drawers. Made of mercy glass and metal, they offer mix-and-match versatility for a customizable look that's all your own. Material: Glass, Color:. Also could be used forartisan gifts, cabinet pulls, decorative glass knobs, decorative knobs, drawer knobs, drawer pulls, dresser knobs, gifts, glass knobs, hardware, knobs, made in india, mercury, mercury glass, mercury glass knobs, silver glass knobs, silver mercury knobs. By Cost Plus World Market.474711 read more

Cost Plus World Market
$7.98

Hardware -Add a personal touch to your décor with our hand-painted and embossed Multicolor Floral Knobs. Featuring colorful flora...l designs and bright dots, these knobs make an eye-catching addition to dressers, desks, armoires and more. Material: Ceramic, Color:White. Also could be used forartisan gift, drawer knob, hand painted knob, knob, made in india. By Cost Plus World Market.483802 read more

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$3.98

Hardware -If you're a fan of bold design, you'll love our Multicolor Geometric Ceramic Knobs with their gorgeous hand-painted deta...il. They'll add unique, eye-catching style to your favorite dresser or nightstand, and the low price makes them even more appealing. Material: Ceramic, Color:Blue. Also could be used forartisan gifts, cabinet accessories, cabinet hardware, decorative hardware, drawer, drawer pulls, drawers, dresser pulls, handle, handles, hardware, knobs, made in india. By Cost Plus World Market.432244 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
$47.74

Kwikset Rustic Pewter SmartKey Single Cylinder Deadbolt: Single cylinder deadbolt SmartKey cylinder features include Bumpguard pro...tection, drill resistance, rekeyable lock, locking bar, racks and pins are made out of stainless steel for increased... read more

Schlage
$69.97

The Schlage Single Cylinder Deadbolt and Keyed Accent Lever in Aged Bronze are perfect for use on exterior doors. The lever unlock...s when the door is opened from the inside, allowing you to leave quickly and conveniently and re-enter easily. The... read more

IDEAL Security
$31.02

Deluxe storm door handles set. Suitable for left and right handed out swinging storm and screen doors 1 in. to 2.25 in. thick. Com...plete handle set including key lock, deadbolt, inside latch and full installation instructions. For new installations, or... read more

Ultra Hardware
$74.99

Gladwyne series Handle set. Replaces most locks with standard 2-3/8 in. or 2-3/4 in. backset. High security deadbolt features anti... cut thru pin with a full 1 in. extension. Standard diameter deadbolt and passage latch replaces almost any lock without... 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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Baldwin
$214.01

We are very proud to provide the Door accessories with high quality and standards. Our products are named for its durability and d...esigned with the up to date needs with creativity and innovations. We always work towards to fulfill the requirements of... read more

Baldwin
$196.72

We are very proud to provide the Door accessories with high quality and standards. Our products are named for its durability and d...esigned with the up to date needs with creativity and innovations. We always work towards to fulfill the requirements of our end users. Features . Solid forged brass. Works with Keypads and Evolved Deadbolts Specifications . Color: Oil-Rubbed Bronze read more

Baldwin
$214.01

We are very proud to provide the Door accessories with high quality and standards. Our products are named for its durability and d...esigned with the up to date needs with creativity and innovations. We always work towards to fulfill the requirements of... read more

Cost Plus World Market
$7.98

Hardware -Our Embossed Floral Ceramic Knobs make ideal finishing touches for DIY furniture projects, remodeled kitchen or bathroom..., or reimagined drawers. Made of ceramic and metal with both warm and cool floral designs, they offer mix-and-match versatility for a customizable look that's all your own. Material: Ceramic, Color:. Also could be used forartisan gifts, ceramic knobs, drawer pulls, embossed ceramic knobs, embossed floral knobs, floral drawer pulls, floral knobs, gifts, knobs, made in india. By Cost Plus World Market.474708 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
$141.11

Spare, yet elegant, the Quincy door set exudes early 20th century style. We've updated this classic design with a modern tubular l...atch to accommodate pre-drilled doors and make installation quick and easy. Heavy-duty spring assisted knobs provide incredibly smooth turning action, giving you vintage style without the "rattle". Finely crafted from solid forged brass, the Quincy door set guarantees you a lifetime of beauty and superior performance.Door set dimensions: Brass knobs measure 2 1/4" in diameter. Back plates measure 7 1/8" H x 2 3/8" W.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W. read more

Emtek
$96.00

With its rugged texture and weathered finishes, this arch top door set is a perfect choice for your colonial, Tudor or other rusti...c style of home. The wrought steel handles and rosettes are hot forged, distressed and relieved to achieve an appearance of graceful wear. Equipped with heavy-duty spring assisted mechanics, this unique set will give you a lifetime of quality performance.Door set dimensions: Round steel knobs are 2 1/8" in diameter. Rosettes measure 4 3/8" H x 2 9/16" W.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W read more

Emtek
$96.00

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. read more

Emtek
$118.00 $114.75

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. 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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Sure-loc
$29.99

Featuring classic designs and rich materials, this elegant door lever in a flat black finish will add a level of sophistication to... any home. Featured in either a passage or privacy function. This Sure-Loc door lever passage and privacy set features a... read more

Sure-loc
$51.97

Update the doors in your home with these sleek satin nickel levers. These levers feature a classic design in a satin nickel finish... and add a level of sophistication to a home. This lever is offered in either the passage or privacy function. Features... read more

Emtek
$118.00 $117.21

Generously sized arch-top rosettes are a fitting backdrop for these classic octagon glass knobs. glass knobs. Made of perfectly cl...ear lead crystal with a genuine silvered back, the knobs have an incredible brilliance that will make your doors shine. Top-quality forged brass and heavy-duty mechanics provide you lasting beauty and smooth performance, giving you vintage style without the rust or rattle associated with antique hardware. Choose from six traditional finishes to customize this set to every room in your house.Door Set dimensions: Octagonal crystal knobs are 2 3/8" in diameter. Arched rosettes measure 4 3/8" H x 2 1/2" W.Latch dimensions: Latch case: 7/8" diameter. Latch face plate: 2 1/4" H x 1" W. read more

Emtek
$96.00

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. 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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Baldwin
$575.00 $345.00

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 $345.00

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 $345.00

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 $345.00

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

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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Delightfully traditional, Baldwin's 5020 style knob, from the Estate Collection, is a prime example of early colonial design, and ...an ideal match for your existing traditional décor. Featuring your choice of 19 small sized rosettes, this premium knob is... read more

Schlage
$80.00 $41.96

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

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A perfect example of a traditional drop lever, the Baldwin 5152 style lever, from the Estate Collection, is ideal for the classica...lly leaning home owner. Featuring your choice of 35 medium sized rosettes, this premium lever is fully customizable to... read more

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$247.00 $148.19

Imbued with classic New English colonial design, the Baldwin Bethpage lever from the Estate Collection is traditional design at it...s finest. Featuring your choice of 35 medium sized rosettes, this premium lever is fully customizable to meet your... read more

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$251.00 $150.60

Smooth as flowing water, Baldwin's Wave lever, from the Estate Collection, makes for a playfully traditional addition to your home... décor. Featuring your choice of 19 small sized rosettes, this premium lever is fully customizable to meet your discerning... read more

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$267.00 $160.20

Rustic, yet composed, Baldwin's 5023 style knob, from the Estate Collection, will make a subtle addition to any traditionally deco...rated home. Featuring your choice of 35 medium sized rosettes, this premium knob is fully customizable to meet your... 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

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Imbued with classic New English colonial design, the Baldwin Bethpage knob, from the Estate Collection, is traditional design at i...ts finest. Featuring your choice of 19 small sized rosettes, this premium knob is fully customizable to meet your... read more

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