How to Order and Install Kickplates

Door Kickplates are a great accessory to a door and they often ordered more and more I have noticed. They are available in a variety of sizes (even custom sizes!) and finishes to help match your home decor. Finishes such as, polished brass PVD, satin stainless, polished stainless, oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, pewter, antique brass, weathered black, weathered rust and weathered steel! You can choose from screw mount (which is the most common), magnetic mount (which will only work on metal doors) or adhesive mount.


The first thing you will want to do before you order your kickplate is measure your door. Seems easy enough, and it is, but this next thing I am about to tell you is very important. On exterior doors there will be weather stripping and or door trim around the perimeter. So you will not want to order a kickplate that is the exact measurement as your door, or it’s not going to close the way you want it to. It also looks way nicer this way anyway. So go ahead and measure your door now…


After you have measured your door… lets say it was 36″ wide (most exterior doors are 36″ wide), you would order the 34″ wide kickplate – or just remember order it 2″ shorter than the width of your door. Now for the height of your kickplate. It really all depends on your door style and your own personal preference. You may have limited space depending on the style of door you have.


Once your lovely kickplate has arrived… jump up and down and carefully open up the packaging. The kickplates come with an adhesive film applied directly to the kickplate surface. It’s attached super well and may vary in color. We have often had customer call us after receiving their kickplate, thinking we have shipped them the wrong color, and sometimes it looks like its all scratched up. So we recommend pealing the film back on a corner to make sure we haven’t made a mistake, but leave the film on until you are ready to attach it to your door.


After you decide you are ready to install and have removed all of the packaging, place the kcikplate on the door and center it (it’s a lot easier to install your kickplate if you are able to remove your door from the jamb). Use your measuring tape to make sure the kickplate is centered, you could use a pencil to mark the sides and top so you can see where it needs to be so it is easier to attach the kickplate. All that’s left is to attaching the kickplate to the door with the screws provided, or simply peel back the film covering the adhesive and carefully press it into place. Magnetic mount is the easiest, but will only work if you have a metal door. You are ready to hang your door back up and remove the protective film if you haven’t already.


Pretty easy!


Brass Accents 2″ Backset Deadbolts

Brass Accents isn’t just kickplates and house numbers, it’s much more than that! Yes, Brass Accents kickplates are probably the most popular item, but they do have door hardware, house numbers, push and pull plates, and floor registers to offer too! Getting into a little more detail, their door hardware is super high class and quality, you won’t find hardware much like it. And when looking for door hardware, (door knobs, lever handle sets, entry sets and deadbolts) you may find there are hardly any option for a backset size that measures under 2 3/8″. I mean, there are some doors out there that have 2″ backset sizes, and it can be real tough to find something close to that.


Real brief, what is a backset? A backset is the measurement from the edge of the door to the center of the bore hole (the large hole where the door knob is installed). Standard size backset measurements are 2 3/8″ – 2 3/4″.


Brass Accents has made the search a little easier on you! They have 2 deadbolts that are available with the 2″ backset size.


First is the Brass Accents Single Cylinder Deadbolt with 2″ Backset


This single cylinder deadbolt (means that it has a keyed cylinder on the exterior and a thumb turn, like the one shown above, on the interior) comes with everything you see here, the 2″ backset deadbolt latch, mounting hardware, and keys. It’s available in 13 different finishes! Such as polished brass like shown, weathered black, oil rubbed bronze, pewter, satin nickel and lots more!

Then we have the Brass Accents Double Cylinder Deadbolt with 2″ Backset


This double cylinder deadbolt (meaning it has a keyed cylinder on the exterior, as well as on the interior) also comes with all the mounting hardware, 2″ backset, and keys. Choose from all 13 finishes!


Hopefully these 2 deadbolts with 2″ backsets help ease your stress a little! Please give us a call if you need help ordering.


Low Profile Lock for Screen or Storm Door

Low_Profile1_300There are tons and tons of options when it comes to choosing a knob or lever for your entry door, but sometimes your door has special needs, which limits the options a little. An example would be an entry door with a screen or storm door and a regular old standard door knob or lever won’t work because it may protrude out too far. You need a special knob lever that doesn’t stick out too far because the space is tight and limited.


That’s what the Brass Accents Salem low-profile lever is all about! You can tell from the picture above, the lever is slightly different than regular door levers. It’s specifically designed for extra tight spaces to use for when you have a swing screen door, patio door, or sliding screen doors. It only projects as far as 1 1/4″ (compared to a regular door lever that projects 2 1/2″ give or take) which helps give room when there is such a tight space.


With the Salem Low Profile lever you get to choose from 13 different finishes, such as polished brass, antique brass, polished chrome, weathered black, weathered rust, satin brass, oil rubbed bronze, pewter, satin nickel, venetian bronze, antique copper, polished nickel and verdigris!


The Brass Accents low-profile lever is not available in a keyed function (only as a passage function or dummy function), so you would need to use a deadbolt along with it. Brass Accents offers a low profile deadbolt available that would be nice if low profile is what you need to work with. The deadbolt may not be on the site yet, so please contact us if you aren’t able to find it and we can place the order by phone!


NOTE: This low profile lever is designed with a 2″ backset latch (*not a standard 2 3/8″ backset or 2 3/4″ backset size latch).



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:

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.

All About Backsets:

A 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).

Most doors today are already prepped with the standard sizes. A 1″ cross bore hole, 2 1/8″ bore hole, and prepped to fit either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ backsets. Lots of times the backsets that come with the hardware you purchase are adjustable between these 2 sizes, which makes ordering a whole lot easier. Some hardware, this isn’t always the case and you may find that it isn’t even a standard size backset. So to be safe, you should go and measure your door to make sure of the size backset you need to order. 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.

The sizes that we just mentioned for tubular backsets aren’t the only sizes out there for standard doors, there are a couple more that we offer on our site. For instance, the 2″ tubular backset is more uncommon, but there are some doors we have found that require a size smaller than 2-3/8″. This 2″ backset size is made by Brass Accents, just give us a call to order.

Also, there are some cases where the backset measurement is bigger than the 2-3/4″, and you may find that your measurement is a 5″ backset. Again, a 5″ backset isn’t as common as the standard sizes, but we see them more often then the 2″, and because it’s a little more common that means you’ll find it’s offered in a bigger variety. Kwikset and Schlage brands offer this size with pretty much any of the hardware they carry, all you have to do is request a 5″ backset.

So what if you have a mortise style door? It’s basically the same idea if you are trying to measure. Just find the center where the door knob would go through and measure from that point to the edge of the door. Generally the backset sizes for these mortise styles will be either 2-1/2″ or 2-3/4″. But Baldwin carries a special 1-1/2″ and 2″ backset mortise box for narrow stiles.

If you need more help, give us a call and we can help you find the hardware with the right size backset for you!

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!