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Push or pull – which type of handle works best for your door?

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.


  1. Function


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.



  1. Style


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.



  1. Budget


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.


  1. 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.

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Characteristics of an Accessible Commercial Entryway

Entro Gilson College Project

In Australia, accessibility is an important factor in the construction of commercial establishments. Architects and builders follow a strict building code set by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The provisions set by the DDA ensure that physical features of buildings do not restrict access for people with disabilities and limited mobility.

A Summary of the DDA’s Provisions

The DDA applies to most commercial establishments including restaurants, shopping centres, schools and banks. It covers all organisations including small businesses with fewer than 15 employees. Organisations that do not comply may possibly face serious implications ranging from heavy compensation to the closure of the business.

If a structure has been built prior to the implementation of the DDA, businesses are required to modify their establishment accordingly or provide an alternative method to make their services accessible to people with disabilities or limited mobility.

Below are some of the important points to focus on when designing and installing DDA-compliant entryways for commercial establishments.

Effective Clear Opening Widths

When designing inclusive and accessible buildings, the clearance for doors and other entryways must follow the specifications and dimensions set by the DDA’s ‘Effective Clear Opening Widths’ or ECW. The ECW is measured at right angles to the wall where the door is placed from the outside of the door’s closing side to any barrier on the hinge side.

The minimum ECW for accessible entryways should be 850 millimetres from the face of the door to the door stop. If the entryway uses a double door, the 850-millimetre clearance should apply to the active door’s leaf.

Door Controls

Accessible commercial entryways should also look at the placement of door controls. They should be located between 900 to 1100 millimetres above the plane of the floor, so people with limited mobility can easily access them.

Door Handles and Related Hardware

People with limited accessibility must be able to manoeuvre doors easily with only one hand. Handles or latches must be designed specifically for people who cannot grip or hold onto objects. A DDA requirement for a lever handle is a minimum return of 20mm to prevents a hand slipping off the handle when the lever is moved downwards.

Builders must also take note of the clearance between the door handle and the back plate. The clearance between the handle and the centre grip section must be between 35 to 45mm.  This ensures that the hand and arm of a person with a disability does not slip or get trapped behind the handle.

DDA-Compliant Architectural Door Handles

ENTRO offers a range of architectural door handles ideal for designing DDA-compliant commercial establishments. We specialise in high-quality products and solutions such as levers and turn snibs which we stock in a black and silver finish.  Other finishes are available on enquiry.

We are the supplier of choice in many of Australia’s leading commercial, hospitality, educational and medical organisations.

Work with us on your next project and get in touch with us today.

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Excellent Colour Pairings for Doors and Hardware

Conference room interiors

Conference room interiors

Often overlooked amid bigger, more elaborate items in a room like furniture and appliances, door hardware is a small detail that enhances the overall appeal of a door. The same way a gorgeous pair of earrings can transform a simple frock into a fashion statement, a striking set of knobs and latches can bring a huge dose of style to a room with minimal effort. It is the jewellery of doors that can add style and sparkle to any space, says interior designer Young Huh.

Aside from the hardware itself, the colour makes an impact on the overall aesthetic appeal of a door. Here are recommended door colour and VIVID Elite™ coloured hardware pairings that match seamlessly:

Black Doors

Black is one of the easiest colours to work with – the possibilities are endless. For doors in satin-coated and matte finishes, Simpson Tan hardware adds a touch of warmth and timeless elegance. You can also go for Black Stump hardware on black-lacquered doors that makes of a chic yet subtle combination.

White Doors

Similar to black doors, white doors are also extremely versatile design-wise. They can be paired with a wide range of hardware colours, from the bright Yellow Tail to classic Gold Rush. Almost all hardware shades would stand out against a white door.

Grey Doors

For warm grey doors, a Lightening Ridge finish is an excellent choice for adding a touch of sophistication. On the other hand, mirror-like Broken Silver shades give character to cooler, softer greys.

Red Doors

If you have bold red doors, rich Black Stump latches and hinges are an attractive contrasting element. Orange-red and fiery red doors work well with Sunburnt Bronze hardware for a subtle coppery accent.

Yellow and Orange

Add a dramatic effect to sun-coloured doors by installing door hardware with reflective finishes. Elegant, coppery hues, such as Sunburnt Bronze and Simpson Tan work well with yellows and oranges. They provide an attractive, eye-catching feature for a striking door colour.

Green Doors

Light green doors go well with the Blue Lake and Black Stump door hardware because of the stunning contrast. For darker green doors, pair them with warm, satin finishes. This adds a modern touch to a classic style.

Blue Doors

Blue doors are rare but, when paired with stylish door hardware, make for a bold statement in almost any space. Doors with cooler blue tones are perfect with cold metallic latches and knobs, like the Stone Grey finish. For warmer blues, complement the classic style with the Kalgoorlie Sand and Silver Dollar coloured hardware.


At ENTRO, we carry a wide range of door hardware and accessories that are designed to suit all kinds of doors. From bolts to pull handles, Vivid™ Powdercoated and VIVID Elite™ coloured door hardware spruces up your entryway.

Our team recognises the importance of durable products and unparalleled customer service. We specialise in architectural door hardware and commercial washroom accessories, helping builders and fabricators across the country get what they need for their fit-out requirements.

We have an efficient and dedicated team that puts your needs forward at all times. If you have enquiries or requests, do not hesitate to get in touch with ENTRO today.