What Door Hardware Do I Need On Interior French Doors?

It can be so confusing to know what to order for a set of french doors. And it’s true, it can be a little tricky if you aren’t familiar with all the different functions and such. French doors on the inside of your house will have a door that’s fixed and the other operable.

The fixed door will need to have a latch, called a flush bolt or a more decorative one called a surface bolt (these bolts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and finishes to match your existing door hardware), that you can unlock that will be located at the top and/or bottom of the door to keep the door shut in place. And when you unlock it, it will allow you to open the door. Depending on what you want the french doors to look like, you can choose to order a dummy function door knob/lever (these are available with any style of door knob or lever handle you decide on) so it matches the operable door. Some people decide it’s not necessary to order a dummy door knob, as it doesn’t function and is only mounted to the surface of the door, whereas others choose to order the dummy function either because they believe it looks nicer or sometimes people like it because then you do have a handle to pull it open when the flush bolt is unlocked. A good thing to note when ordering the dummy function is that some brands only ship one singe dummy door knob/lever, meaning you will only receive one for one side of the door. Look for double dummy, which will come with two for each side of the door. If you are looking for what kind of hardware to order for double closet doors, read this post.

For the operable door, it’s most likely bored with a hole to fit the door knob or lever. Lots and lots of doors already come this way with standard door prep. For an interior french door you will want to order a passage or privacy function door knob or lever. A passage is a door knob that functions but has no type of lock at all, whereas the privacy will have a privacy push/turn button to lock the door knob in place for privacy. You will find privacy functions on a bathroom or bedroom door. It just depends on what type of room these french doors lead to and your preference.

If you are looking to find what kind of door hardware to order for exterior french doors check out an earlier post all about that here.

Door Hardware Options for an Exterior Door

It’s important to feel safe and secure when it comes to an exterior/entry door. I don’t think anyone would feel comfortable installing a regular door knob with no type of lock on an exterior door, I guess unless you live out in the middle of nowhere and I am guessing that probably means you leave your keys in your car too. Anyway, not everyone lives where there are no neighbors in sight. So it’s important to find a lock(s) that makes you feel comfortable when leaving the house for the day or maybe days.  Believe it or not there are a lot of door lock options for an entry/exterior door, not just your basic door knob that has a key.

 

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The most common combination is probably a basic single cylinder deadbolt with a passage function knob or lever. A passage function means it has not type of lock on the door knob or lever, the deadbolt is how you would keep your door locked. You could choose a double cylinder deadbolt if you wanted, but that mean’s it will be keyed on the outside as well as the inside. It’s not recommended for most doors, as it could be a fire hazard.

 

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Another good choice would be to find a deadbolt that you like and pair it with a keyed door knob or keyed lever.

 

sideplate-lockSideplate locks are a little fancier option with so many different plate options and you get to pair it with your choice of door knob or lever and choose whatever of the many finishes. These work basically like the first option (deadbolt and passage function knob or lever) except it has a fancy plate in between. Sideplates are from Emtek. The picture above shoes a sideplate with a CC of 3 5/8″ (which is not standard prep). 5 1/2″ CC sideplates are available on the right hand side of this page.

 

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And last but not least, you can also find many many styles of Handlesets. These are pretty popular as well for a front door, maybe not so much for a back door or side door, but the front door it’ll sure make a statement. Most handlesets will only have the above deadbolt to keep the door locked, but if you are wanting added security and have 2 locks you can check out the two point handleset locks.

Don’t forget to check out the keyless locks, which could take place of several of these options.

 

What Door Hardware Do I Need for Exterior French Doors?

French doors or in other words double doors are commonly seen on many front entry ways of many homes now. We get asked quite a bit what type of hardware do you need to order for a set of double exterior doors? Exterior meaning you will want the door to have a keyed lock for security, but what else? Lets break it down to be little more simple.

French doors will have a fixed door and an operable door. It’s important to know which door is the active door and which door is fixed door, in other words is the active door on the left or on the right? This is important, because some levers and some handlesets require handing of the door. Here is a chart to help you figure out if your door is left hand or right hand.

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If you want both french doors to open you can order either a few flush bolts (which are the most common) or surface bolts (which are more decorative) that are installed at the top and bottom of the fixed door to lock the door in place and then you can simply unlatch it when you want the fixed door to open.

The most obvious piece of door hardware you may think to order is a keyed lock set. That being a keyed door knob, a keyed lever or a keyed handleset. If you decide to go with a keyed door knob or lever, you will also want to purchase a deadbolt to go above the door knob or lever. Any of these you decide to go with will be installed on your active door. Handlesets are nice because the deadbolt is already included and they look super nice on exterior doors, but these are a little more expensive.

For the fixed door, remember your flush bolt or surface bolt liked I mentioned earlier. If you check out your french doors, the operable door should have a hole bored for the keyed lock set you chose to go with and the fixed door may not have a hole at all. You can choose whether you want to order a dummy set – a dummy door knob, dummy door lever handle, or a dummy handleset. Some people don’t order anything for the fixed door and it looks just fine, but then others like both doors to look symmetrical. It’s up to you!

*NOTE: Make sure that if you are ordering a dummy it is a set, because some dummy door knobs or levers are shipped with only one for one side of the door, in this case you will need to order 2 dummies for the fixed door.

What Type of Hardware You Have So You Can Replace It

Back when a door knob was just a door knob to me and that’s as deep as it got, I never imagined how different each door knob could be. I’m not talking about the obvious design difference, of course there are many varieties there, but what about the measurements, the latches, the round or square, handleset, lever mortise, multi point, yadda yadda… And honestly you wont need to know all this stuff, unless you are trying to replace your hardware. I know that might sound super overwhelming, but don’t give up yet! It’s actually not all that bad. You just need to find out what type of hardware you have and then you can start crossing off most of that list.

First, you need to determine if you have an actual standard door knob/lever. This is what most people have today. And how you determine this is by the door prep, or measurements of the holes in the door. Standard doors have a 2 1/8″ bore hole and 1″ cross bore, and backset measurements of either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ (for more info on standard door prep check here, or check here for more info on backsets). And by looking at the edge of the door where the bolt (or latch) comes in and out of the door when the knob is turned (the latch is what holds the door in place when shut), will help you find out what style of latch you need for your standard door. There are 3 different styles of latches for standard doors, rounded corner, square corner, or drive-in.

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Most of the hardware you order come standard with either the square or rounded corner faceplates. Generally you will need to request a drive-in latch. Make sure and read in the description of what style will ship with the hardware, and if it’s not what you need you can request for it at no extra charge.

You may run into what looks similar to the door levers above, but the backset measurement is not anywhere close to 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″, it’s more like 5″.

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Brands like Schlage and Kwikset offer 5″ backsets for almost all of their hardware. You will just need to specify that you need a 5″ backset rather than the standard 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″.

Exterior doors, you can find several options such as a deadbolt and knob/lever combo, entrance handleset or mortise handleset, sideplate lock, ore multi-point patio lock.

 

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If you have a separate deadbolt and knob/lever you can use a deadbolt with either a passage function knob/lever or keyed entrance if you want the added security. And this also falls under the standard prepped door measurements.

 

Standard entrance handlesets (also standard prepped) you can find under any brand. Entrance handlesets are most popular for any front door.

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Sideplates are similar to handlesets without the big long grip at the bottom. Some are made to fit standard prep of 5 1/2″ cc, but there are many that have a 3 5/8″ cc (which is not standard).

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Multi Point Patio Lock trims are high end patio doors that have their very own internal mechanism and locks with 3 or more points around the top, side and bottom of the door. On the edge of the door it will look like the latch extends for several feet or maybe even the entire edge of the door. We have many trim sets (the mechanism is not included) to choose from.

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Skeleton Key Locks fit older style doors prepped for a mortise box that slides into the edge of the door. The skeleton key lock boxes measure about 3″ deep and 4″ tall and 1/2″ thick. Nostalgic Warehouse is where you will find your replacements for this style.

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Mortise Handlesets and Locks are high quality and are generally add more security than a regular handleset or door lock. Mortise locks use a mortise lock box (similar to the sekeleton key lock box) that slides into the edge of the door. It measures at around 3-4″ deep and about 8″ high (you can see how high the mortise box is if you look at the edge of the door). It’s more modern than the skeleton key locks. You can find these modern mortise handlesets and locks from Emtek.

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Cafe Door Hardware

What are Cafe Doors?

I just recently found out that double acting hinge doors (or saloon doors) are most often referred to as cafe doors. Cafe doors are doors that can open in and out. To exit or enter you would push the door – you wont find a “pull” sign on these doors, because there isn’t any pulling involved to get in or out. These doors look something like this:

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I am sure the list is endless when it comes to shape, design, size for a cafe door and even where they may be used – like in a home or for a business.

Hardware for Cafe Doors:

If you are looking for the hardware for your cafe doors, but aren’t sure your options let me suggest a few things.

The most important are the hinges that are double acting. Like these hinges from Bommer.

Depending on how heavy your cafe doors are will depend on what ones you get. The list of the smaller hinges range from 35 lbs to 103 lbs. Then there are the more heavy duty hinges that have a hold open capacity at 85 degrees, such as the Bommer Spring Pivot Heavy Duty Hinge that can hold up to 150 lbs or the Bommer Spring Pivot Medium Duty Hinge that can hold up to 90 lbs.

Other hardware that would be good to look into are push plates. Push plates are mounted to the door and help protect your doors that you push to open. There are many stylish options out there to check out for sure. This one shown is from Emtek. It’s called the Emtek Modern Push Plate.

This one is definitely one of the more simple plain styles, unlike some of the more fancy styles out there.

You can check out more styles of push plates here.

Ball, Steeple and Finial Tips for Hinges:

Ball tips, Steeple Tips and Finial Tips are fabulous little decorative tips to dress up a door hinge. There are some hinges you will find that come with the tips already included on the hinge. For instance, Omnia and Taamba have a few different styles or you can check out Nostalgic Warehouse’s in the Antique Hardware section. These hinges from Taamba and Nostalgic Warehouse are more on the dressier side of hinges. Check out this decorative hinge from Taamba,

The ball tips and steeple tips from Emtek are ordered separately from the hinges. Ball and steeple tips, not to be confused with the Extended Button Tips, which are threaded, extended tips that attaches to the solid brass hinges so that the Emtek Hinge Pivot Stop can be used on the Emtek Solid Brass hinge. All Emtek Hinge tip sets are included with four tips and threaded pins for one pair of hinges. And each tip set is different to fit each size set of hinge that Emtek offers, so when ordering make sure it will fit the same size hinge you are ordering or already have. They are compatible with the Solid Brass Residential Duty hinges, Heavy Duty hinges and Ball Bearing hinges. And you can get the tips in Polished Brass, French Antique, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Pewter, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Flat Black, Deep Burgundy, Medium Bronze, Rust, Silver, Patina and Satin Steel!

Omnia Door Hinge Finials are just like the steeple tips and ball tips, except there are a few more tip styles to choose from and will fit on any Omnia brand hinge (a little more simple to order than Emtek).

The Acorn, Ball, Crown, Steeple, and Urn Finials will fit any size Omnia hinge or either plain or ball bearing. These are threaded and will simply screw on to the ends of the hinge and you do not need to remove the hinge pin to attach.

Taamba Bronze 4005 Exterior Tubular Set

Taamba Bronze Exterior Tubular Set – 4005

This 4005 set is shown with the L2 Lever and in the Silver Patina finish. What’s so great about a Taamba exterior or interior set is that you can order it with different levers or knobs and in 2 different finishes, Dark Bronze or Golden Honey.

 

 

 

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Taamba Convex Deadbolt

Taamba carries some sweet styles of hardware. So sweet in fact, some of them look like they could be ninja accessories. Like maybe ninja throwing star?

 

This Taamba Convex Deadbolt shown is a single cylinder deadbolt, which is available in three ageless patinas. Made with the highest quality of bronze available. These living finishes are designed to oxidize and change with time and use providing a beautiful aged look.

 

More deadbolts from Taamba are found here.