Considering the Doorknob

Considering the Doorknob

Tanya Lacourse
Dec 3, 2009

I'm in month four of my apartment renovation and all interior doors are finally painted and hung. The time has come to consider the doorknob and there are lots to consider: dummy knobs, entry knobs, privacy knobs in all shapes, sizes, patterns, textures and finishes. If you're going with an antique reproduction, you can mix and match any knob with any key plate or choose different finishes for each side.

When selecting a doorknob, the first criteria is that it has to feel good in your hand. Decorative is important, but more importantly it should feel solid and weighted — like it could stay on the door for the next hundred years. After doing your research, be sure to check with your local building supply; they may be able to order them at a discounted price. Here are a few great resources:

1 Arts & Crafts Door Knob in Oil Rubbed Bronze $100
2 Egg Knob with Square Rosette in Antique Pewter $80 from
3 Beveled Edge Key Plate in Satin Nickel with White Porcelain Knob $120 from (These are the ones I chose!)
4 Modern Ball Knob in Satin Chrome $160 from
5 Mother of Pearl and Brass Knob $38 from
6 Art Deco Knob in Unlaquered Brass $192 from
7 Circa 1905 Solid Brass Doorplate and Knob $125
8 Egg and Dart Polished Brass Knob $100 from
9 Tiziano Door Knob Set in Antique Silver $323 from

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