privacy locks

What are privacy locks?

A privacy function is used to secure the interior rooms of a home or you can see them on any kind of building really. Each is locked by either a thumb turn or a pushbutton on the inside of the door. The exterior will have a hole to insert an emergency key or I like to use a bobby pin. Usually the emergency key comes included to unlock from the outside of the door. These privacy styles are most commonly found on bathroom doors and bedroom doors.

What styles and types of privacy locks are out there?

There are so many styles, that’s for sure. I am sure the styles are endless. And by styles I mean the design and finish – the look of it. You can find the privacy function for your home in either a door knob or a door lever handle. You can even find some cool privacy bolts that are used pretty much like a regular deadbolt but it doesn’t require a key to unlock from the outside – you can use a penny!

Linnea Privacy Square Bolt Shown with the Emtek Hermes Lever – Passage Function,

This Linnea privacy bolt works well with a passage knob or lever. I think it looks so sleek.

There is also commercial privacy levers for commercial applications such as public building bathrooms like gas stations and office buildings or Hospital and grade school privacy functions that are unlocked from the outside by turning an emergency turn button and a push button to lock from the inside. Other great privacy locks for commercial applications are the faculty restroom locks where the interior push button inside activates a visual occupancy indicator that allows only an emergency master key to operate. Also check out the Schlage Commercial Restroom Indicator Deadbolt for public bathrooms, which includes a green vacant sign when unoccupied and red in use sign when the door has been locked.