What is a Backset?
What is a backset? This is one of our commonly asked questions – and it’s also an important one! This is where you measure from the edge of the door to the center of the bore hole (the large hole where the door knob is mounted). This is a lot easier to measure when you do not have any hardware on your door, but not impossible if you do have the hardware still on. You just may have to strain your eyes a bit more.
Standard backsets are either a 2 3/8″ backset or 2 3/4″ backset. This picture (above) shows a 2 3/8″ backset measurement, which is the most common, but 2 3/4″ is very common as well – you may find the 2 3/4″ backset is most often seen on exterior doors. If you can tell that your backset is obviously either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″, there are lots of brands that carry an adjustable backset making it easier for you to order.
What if you have a 5″ Backset?
5″ backsets are a little more uncommon, but I think we hear the need for some more and more these days. If you do measure and it looks like it is around 5″, that doesn’t mean there are no options. In fact there are many from Schlage and Kwikset who both offer 5″ backsets. We now have a 5″ backset option on our site when you are placing your order. That means if you find a door knob or lever that you like from Kwikset or Schlage you can select the 5″ backset option at no extra cost. Or if you are looking to order just a 5″ backset, Schlage and Kwikset both have backset latches that you can order separately. If you are looking to order just the 5″ backset latches check below:
- Schlage 5″ deadbolt latch
- Kwikset 5″ deadbolt latch
- Schlage 5″ backset latch for door knob or lever
- Kwikset 5″ backset latch for door knob or lever