What Do I Need to Know Before Ordering?

What do I need to know before ordering door hardware?

This may be a question you have, so lets go over some of the things you need to know, before you order a door knob/lever or deadbolt.


Door Preparation:

Most of the door knobs on our site don’t need many measurements at all. You will need to make sure that you door hardware fits a standard door preparation. If you don’t know what that is, look over the diagrams below. The first diagram is a standard prep for most likely a standard interior door. If you are ordering a Handleset or Knob and a Deadbolt, the second diagram is the standard prep for something like that (if your door measures different from 5 1/2″ CC, please give us a call).


The backset is the distance from the edge of your door to the center of the bore hole (the big hole where the doorknob is mounted). The easiest way to figure out what you need is to measure from the edge of the door where the latch goes in and out to the highest part of your bore hole, or the highest part of the existing knob’s backplate.

Almost all of the ones on our site are either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″, although we do have 2″ backset deadbolt from Brass Accents. If there is not an option on our site to choose a backset measurement, it means that it adjusts from 2 3/8″ to 2 3/4″. If not, you probably should take out the ruler.

Door Thickness:

Standard door thickness is 1 3/4″ – 2″. If you have a door that is over that thickness, Emtek has a lot of hardware that can fit up to 3″ thick. So as long as your doors are standard, you won’t need to worry about that part when ordering anything on the site.

Door Handing

Door handing is a lot easier than it sounds. Lots of the brands make this super easy, where they are interchangeable and you change the left hand to right hand vise versa. But some of brands require handing, so here is a diagram to help you determine what you have.


step 1 Stand facing the door on the outside – If it’s a locking door, stand on the side of the door where you would insert a key (or unlocking tool if it would be a privacy lock).
step 2 If the hinges are on the left, it’s a left hand door. If the hinges are on the right, it’s a right hand door.


These are just the main things you will need to know before placing an order. You will still need to choose a style and the finish and all that fun stuff. But this should help you get started. Make sure to specify your keying instructions… keying all alike is free! If you need master keying give us a call.

Happy shopping and happy weekend!


Most Popular Finish

Would definitely be the Bronze or Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.

Practically any brand we carry is available in ORB.

Search Baldwin, Emtek, Grandeur, Kwikset, Nostalgic Warehouse, Schlage, Sure Loc, Taamba, Weiser and Weslock (just to name a few) on our site under shop by brand and look under the oil rubbed bronze categories for all the items that come in this handsome finish.



Rush of the Georgetown/Eden Prairie Combo

The Grandeur Georgetown and Eden Prairie rosette/door knob combo is a high class addition to the home.  The Grandeur Georgetown series is on the higher end of budgeting but they will give you the very best around.  Not only do you get the most sophisticated look, you also get solidly built door hardware that will last a lifetime.  This particular doorknob has a rich, dark finish with striking accents around the edges of the knob and rosette.  The knob full feeling in your hand and the accenting around the edge actually helps to give you a better grip on the knob.  You will definitely be impressed by the Georgetown and Eden Prairie combo.  Check it out and all the other elegant Grandeur door hardware.

Take a Step Back in Time

We often feature the newest and best selling supplies in this blog.  Today we are going to take a step back in time.  Come with us as we look at the crystal door knobs that we offer on the site.  We have a warehouse-filling stock of crystal knobs made by companies like Grandeur, Nostalgic Warehouse and Emtek.  This make great additions to your old world style home.

Door Latch Comparison

Ever wonder how the latch mechanisms compare from brand to brand? Most people probably think very little about their door latches and how they are made, but I’m a door hardware geek, so it interests me. First of all, let me describe the three most common types of door latches today. I’ve included an image of how they look on the edge of your door so you can compare to what you have.

Drive in Latch

Drive in Latch

Drive-In Latch

The drive in latch is the easiest to install. You don’t have to chisel anything out of your door, just tap the latch into the hole (make sure the latch is placed in the correct direction) and you can install the knob or lever. If your door is already prepped for a larger faceplate, these won’t work. How do you know? If the edge of your door is smooth with just a 1″ hole for the latch, drive in will work. If the 1″ hole has a rectangular indentation around it where some of the door material has been removed, you’ll need one of the following types of latches.

Pros: Super easy to install. No door prep other than bore hole and cross bore.

Cons: Not quite as solid as larger faceplate styles, don’t look quite as nice.

Rounded Corner Faceplate Latch

Rounded Corner Faceplate.

Rounded Corner Faceplate Door Latch

Rounded corner faceplate latches are pretty common. Door shops will often use a router jig to remove the material around the crossbore (latch hole). Because they are using router bit, the corners are rounded. Doing this takes a little more time for the door shop, but in looks nicer on the door than a drive in latch does. The larger faceplate also keeps the latch solidly in place as it’s position is held with 2 mounting screws, whereas the drive in latch can shift in the crossbore if it is not snug enough.

Pros: Door shop can prep the doors so the install is easy. Looks nicer. More solid than drive in.

Cons: If your doors aren’t prepped, you need power tools, jigs and some experience to do it.

Square Corner Faceplate Latch

Square Corner Faceplate

Square Corner Faceplate Latches

Square corner faceplate latches are standard on most higher end door hardware brands. These are generally installed the old school way using a nice sharp chisel and hammer. If done properly, a nice square corner faceplate latch chiseled  carefully and at just the right depth looks the best. If you have rounded corner faceplates you can replace them with square corner by chiseling out your corners, but they usually look the nicest if you are starting from scratch, rather than retro-fitting. I personally like this look the best because it is nice and clean and I like square corners.

Pros: Nice and Clean lock. More secure on the door than drive in. Can use these to replace rounded corner or drive in.

Cons: Take a little time, patience and skill with a chisel to prep the door.

Now that we’ve covered the main types of latches, lets get into the different brands and what type of latch they are packed with from the factory.

Schlage Latch

Schlage Latch

Schlage – The nice thing about Schlage latches is that they design them so that they are compatible with all of the most common latch designs so they are an easy replacement.  The Schlage latch shown here has the faceplate attached (packed with both square corner and rounded faceplate) but you can remove it and use the latch as a drive in instead. A great replacement lock. Schlage latches have adjustable backsets.

Kwikset Latch

Kwikset Latch

Kwikset – Shown here is the drive in option on their latches. Kwikset also packs their latches with all three options, drive-in, rounded faceplate and square faceplate. Also a great replacement lock because of the flexibility of their latches. Kwikset Latches have adjustable backsets.

Weiser Latch

Weiser Latch

Weiser – Also similar to the Schlage and Kwikset latches because they will accomodate however your door is prepped. Weiser was recently purchased by Kwikset so they may be packing identical latches soon. Weiser latches have adjustable backsets.

Sure-Loc Latch

Sure-Loc Latch

Sure-Loc – Sure-loc latches are basically drive in latches with a removable rounded corner faceplate. You can request a square corner faceplate latch as well, but they are not packed from the factory with this type as the drive in or rounded is the most common. Sure-Loc latches have adjustable backsets.

Weslock Latch

Weslock Latch

Weslock – Weslock latches in my opinion are the nicest latch for the money in the pricepoint their door locks are in – competing with Schlage, Kwikset, etc. The latch is heavy duty and adjustable by snapping off the end of the latch. Weslock packs their door hardware with a latch and both rounded and square corner faceplate. Drive in latches are available upon request, but not standard.

Emtek Latches

Emtek Latch

Emtek packs their hardware with standard square corner faceplate latches. Rounded Corner faceplate latches and drive in latches are available upon request. Emtek latches are not adjustable so you will need to specify 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ backset when you order.

Grandeur Latch

Grandeur Latch

Grandeur, Nostalgic Warehouse and Baldwin all use latches that are very similar to Emtek’s Latch style. All are packed with square corner faceplates as a standard. You can request the rounded corner faceplate latches or drive-in. All of these brands require you to specify the backset upon ordering.

There are many other brands of hardware out there which may have different latch styles, but hopefully this give you a good overview of the main brands. Most faceplates are 1″ wide and 2 1/4″ tall. The most important thing is that you double check what you have before you replace it. If you have ordered locks with the incorrect backset or latch type, we can just replace the latches for you rather than returning them all.

What is a backset?

Not sure what a backset is? Wondering how to determine your backset? It’s really pretty simple. The backset is how far back from the edge of the door the hole is drilled for your doorknob to mount through. See the diagram below:


What is backset?

If you don’t have any hardware on your door, just measure from the edge of the door to the center of the bore hole (the large hole where the door knob assembly is mounted). See image above for help. You should have either a 2 3/8″ backset, or 2 3/4″ backset. The most common backset is 2 3/8″ but 2 3/4″ is quite often found on exterior doors especially.

Already have doorknobs mounted on your door? No problem, just measure from the edge of the door to the center or highest point of the rounded plate behind the knob itself, like this:

2 3/8" Backset

2 3/8\

2 3/8″ Backset shown above is 6 little marks past 2. Shown below a 2 3/4″ backset is 12 little marks past the 2.

2 3/4\

When you measure your own knob, there may be a slight variation. Just pick the one that is closest (within a couple marks on the measure tape). The variation can be caused by how deep the installer cut out the hole in your door to install the latch (part that slides in the cross bore hole and pops in and out to hold the door closed).

You can get 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ backsets for most any brand these days as they are standard backsets. Schlage, Kwikset, Weiser, Weslock and Sure-Loc use adjustable backsets, so as long as you have on of the two backset measurements you can adjust to fit what you have. If you are ordering Emtek, Taamba, Linnea, Nostalgic Warehouse, Grandeur or Baldwin brand locks you will need to specify one backset or the other.

Have a 5″ Backset? We can get 5″ backsets for Schlage and Kwikset brands, just give us a call to order.

Have a 2 1/2″ Backset and a box in your door instead of a standard latch? You need a mortise lock.