Door Furniture Buying Guide
Door furniture is a broad term that includes items that are attached to a door or a drawer to help improve their usage and appearance.
Door Furniture Parts
- Peephole: This is a small yet handy opening in your door usually having a fisheye lens fitted on it. By looking through the peephole, you can get a wide-angle view of outside your door, without having to open the door.
- Fastener: Fasteners are devices that keep the door closed. Fasteners include latches, bolts and strike plates.
- Hinge: Usually three hinges connect a door to its frame. A hinge is a two-plate device each with a set of open cylindrical knuckles or rings. One plate is attached to the edge of the door, while the other plate is attached to the door frame. A hinge pin is placed through the two rings to secure them into one unit.
- Handles: A handle-set includes an external handle, an escutcheon, a deadbolt and a knob or lever.
- Locks: A lock is a contraption that prevents access through the door to those who don’t have a key or know the combination. One or more latches does not operate without the right key or the combination.
- Escutcheon: It surrounds the keyhole to protect the door from wear and tear or drilling.
Door Furniture Accessories
- A door closer is either surface-mounted or frame-concealed or floor-concealed. Slide-track arm, regular arm surface mounted, parallel arm surface mounted and top jamb mounted are the four variations in surface mounted closers.
- Door knockers became somewhat obsolete after door-bells were introduced. However, they are used today as an embellishment to the door.
- A door stopper is also a door furniture item that is used to hold a door open or closed. Door stoppers are available in floor mounted, door-mounted or wall-mounted versions.
- A letter box can be fitted:
- As a slot in the door through which letters can be slipped through.
- As a box attached directly to the door.
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