Doorknobs Buying Guide

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When choosing a doorknob or lockset for your home’s exterior or interior doors, it pays to have a clear understanding of the differences between various types. This expert guide will help.

Mortise lockset for an exterior door is made to insert into a rectangular cut-out in the edge of the door.


Because doorknobs (also called “locksets” by the trade) must open, close, and lock doors on a frequent basis, it’s important that they work smoothly, efficiently, and securely.

And because they are also a highly visible part of your home, doorknobs should be chosen with an eye toward quality and style.

Prices for doorknobs are all over the map, running from a low of about $30 to $800 or more. In most cases, you get what you pay for. Quality locksets are finely machined from high-quality steel and brass and are beautifully plated with brass, bronze, chrome, or similar finishes.

When buying a new lockset, you must distinguish between several variables. Most notably, you must choose whether:

1) It is for an interior or exterior door

2) It will include a lock, and

3) It will be a cylindrical or mortise lockset.

Doorknobs and locksets are readily available online.

Interior Door Doorknobs

Interior locksets may be referred to as interior knobs, passage locksets, spring-latch locks, or tubular locks.

Conventional interior lockset has a cylindrical body that fits into holes bored into the door.

The most familiar type that has a push-button lock on one side, often used on bathroom and bedroom doors, is called a privacy lock. Privacy—not security—is the operative term. It is not meant to be used as an exterior door knob. This type of lock is easy to release from the outside by pushing a thin nail or sturdy wire into the hole at the center of the knob.

Interior locksets come in chrome, bronze, brass, and other finishes. In addition, they may have round or oval-shaped knobs, or straight, curved, or ornate levers. Prices typically run from $30 to $100.

Though some older homes may have doors equipped with old-fashioned mortise-style locksets, nearly all contemporary interior doors utilize cylindrical locksets because they’re easier to install—in fact, many new doors are pre-bored to receive cylindrical knobs.


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