Choose the Right Function

Knowing the type of handle you need for specific rooms requires a basic understanding of door handle functions. 

1: Keyed Entry

Features: A keyed Entry handle features a turn button lock on the inside, and a keyhole on the outside.

Uses: Doors requiring security such as a home entrance, side door, porch door and backyard exit.

There are a few different types of keyed entry handles:

Keyed Door Knobs: Doorknobs provide classic operation and design. If the doorknob is locked, you cannot open the door from the outside unless you have a key. The inside knob has a thumb turn that allows you to open or lock the door. 

Keyed Door Levers: A door lever is designed to be easier to control than a knob. When you lock the lever, like knobs, they cannot be opened from the outside without the use of a key. 

Keyed Deadbolts: When paired with a locking lever or knob, a deadbolt lock serves as an additional locking point, providing users with an added security measure. Some lever and knob sets include deadbolts. A deadbolt requires a key to unlock from the outside, but can be unlocked with a thumb turn from the inside.

Keyed Handle Sets: A handleset adds a decorative touch to your door and includes an exterior handle, a matching deadolt and a gripset that is operated with your thumb.

2: Privacy

Features: A Privacy handle features a push button lock on the inside, and an emergency key on the outside.

Uses: Interior doors requiring privacy such as bedrooms, bathrooms offices and more. The privacy function is often referred to as Bed & Bath.

There are some privacy locks that have a push button, while others have a thumbturn lock. Both types have an emergency key for the other side. The difference between a keyed entry and a privacy lock is security. While a privacy lock does keep your privacy intact, it doesn't provide security from intruders. Many privacy locks can be opened with a simple pin, while a keyed entry handle must have a specific key in order to open the door when locked.

3: Passage

Features: A passage handle does not have a locking function, but it does turn freely.

Uses: Interior doors that don't require privacy such as a hallway, closet, playroom, laundry room or kid's room. The passage function is often referred to as Hall & Closet.

4: Dummy

Features: A dummy handle features just a single knob or lever without a latch, so it does not turn.

Uses: Interior pull open doors, double closet doors, side-by-side doors on cabinets or wardrobes

When choosing the style of your handles, keep in mind the functions you need. See if you can find a collection that has all of the functions needed so that all the handles will be coordinating, giving your home a neat and consistent appearance.