The hardware of your doors is an expression of your workspace personality. Selecting the right door handles, push plates and locks can give your office a new look, and even increase its value – if you tackle it all from the right approach. However, you will be confronted with dozens of different options to choose from, all designed to do the same thing in a slightly different way.
So how do you even know what to look out for? When you’re on the hunt for the right fit and design, there are three key factors to consider.
The function of your door is the biggest consideration. What works for the front entryway of a building won’t necessarily be appropriate for other doors and rooms in other areas. For many businesses and public buildings, push plates and pull handles are the most practical choice.
These can be used in almost any building and they are designed to make opening or closing a door as easy as possible, often to allow the person passing through to do so while carrying objects with both hands. This makes them perfect for a range of buildings including restaurants, offices, schools, stores, and even homes.
A push plate is installed on the side of the door that is pushed, while the pull handle goes on the other side. If a door swings both ways, push plates are often installed on both sides. Pull plates are most often found on doors with high traffic volumes and where a latch would impact the speed and efficiency of people entering and exiting. Such doors are designed to be accessible, and if your entry point needs a handle that doubles as a latch, then a standard lever set may be more suitable.
Another functional aspect to consider is who will be using the doors. Restaurants are fast-paced environments where kitchen and wait staff dash in and out as they go about their work, however, what works for this environment might not be suitable for the elderly, people with a disability or for a school. It’s important to consider who will be using the space, just as much as where it will be used.
It is also vital to ensure the handles match the door. If you’ve invested money buying a designer door, you don’t want handles that detract from their appearance. The majority of push plates and pull handles function in the same way, so the choice comes down to design and aesthetics.
You might want them to blend in and put functionality first, or choose designs that stand out and add an eye-catching feature to the overall look. Alternatively, you might have two rooms with entirely different decors, which means you may want a different style on either side. Your choice will also have to consider how much traffic passes through the door and how durable the handles and plates need to be.
Finally, the amount of money you have to spend on your door handles will determine your choices. Simple, no-frills designs will generally be more affordable than ornate ones. However, even the plainest, most utilitarian door handle and push plate will perform the same task, the same way.
Installing push and pull plates and handles
A major advantage of using push plates and pull handles on your doors is the ease of installation. Without the complications of latches and locks to consider, the installation process is relatively straightforward. If you already have existing hardware in place, then it is a simple case of unscrewing and removing the old ones and then screwing in the new ones. If the designs are significantly different or you are creating a new installation, then you will need to drill pilot holes into the door to match the layout of the plates and handles.
Want to find out which door handle design is best for your project? Get in touch with the ENTRO team to get started.