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How to Choose Hardware for Interior Doors

New interior door hardware can elevate the aesthetics and functionality of a room. While it might seem like a small detail, interior door handles and hinges contribute to the space's style and design while determining the ease of room access. They are available in different sizes, shapes, materials, colors and finishes that can complement different parts of the property's aesthetics.

Choosing hardware for interior doors is a common dilemma when you are working on new, renovation or remodeling commercial projects. Below, we discuss the main factors and features of the interior door hardware you must consider before making your choice. 

Door Thickness and Backset

In the search for door hardware, you must consider the thickness of the door and the backset dimensions. Getting these measurements wrong means you will end up with ill-fitting interior door hardware. Standard interior doors are typically 1 and 3/8 inches thick, so there are many available hardware options, including handles and hinges, made to fit these measurements. You can also have hardware custom-made to match your exact specifications and design preferences. 

The door backset is the distance from the center of the handle set to the end of the door. Standard interior doors have a 2 and 3/8-inch or 2 and 3/4-inch backset. Specifying the backset is especially important when replacing old latches. You should also consider the weight of the door because heavier doors require rugged hardware that does not easily bend, break or get damaged.


A room's primary function dictates the right door hardware parts, especially the handles. There are several types of door handles that are suitable for different rooms inside a building:

  • Privacy handles: These have push or turn buttons on one side of the door to allow locking rooms that require privacy, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. You can also unlock these doors from the outside by inserting a pin into the tiny keyhole.

  • Passage handles: These are ideal for doors that do not require locking, such as kitchen and living room doors. They use a tubular latch that is opened and closed using a lever or a knob.

  • Dummy handles: These do not have a latching mechanism between the door frame and the handle. They use a tubular or ball catch latch and are often used as cabinet or closet door hardware.


When choosing door handles for interior commercial doors, there are two main types to consider:

  • Door levers: These are lever-operated door handles that provide a good grip and are suited to modern or traditional decor. Door levers allow inclusivity and accessibility because they are easy to operate, even for people with mobility restrictions, such as older adults and individuals with disabilities.

  • Door knobs: These are a timeless option that goes well with classic and contemporary decorating styles. They are either oval or round and are operated by grasping and twisting around the central pivot point to the right or the left. Door knobs are generally more difficult to operate, especially for people with mobility restrictions.


Both knobs and levers are available in various styles, colors and finishes, so you have tons of options to choose from. Remember to choose the format that complements the property's architectural design and the client's needs. You can choose to be consistent and use one type of door handle throughout the property or mix and match them. 

Type of Door Handle

Style and Design

Coordinating interior door hardware with the rest of the property's stylistic choices ensures a cohesive finish. The right selection combines functionality and durability with style. To make a choice that complements the rest of the home, start by assessing the property's interior and architectural designs. 



Light fixtures, furniture accents and cabinet hardware are some elements that define the style you should go with. The type, finish and color of the doors also define a building's design and should be considered when choosing interior door hardware. Here are some tips for choosing the hardware for different property types:

  • Traditional: Antique, classic hardware with curved shapes and ornate features complete traditional-style properties by adding a dash of charm and sophistication. They're also a good fit for more rustic homes.

  • Modern: Angular, minimalistic door handles and other hardware are perfect additions to modern buildings that do not interrupt the seamless design flow.

  • Victorian: Classic and rustic door hardware is ideal for Victorian or historical-style buildings. 

  • Contemporary: Minimalistic door handles and other interior door hardware are a great fit for ultra-modern buildings. 

Hardware Finish

Door hardware — including knobs, locks and hinges — is among the many metallic accents in a property, and they should match or complement each other for a cohesive finished product. It should also work well with the property's style and design. There are many interior door hardware finishes to consider. Here are some top options:

  • Matte black: Matte black is a trendy finish that adds an air of luxury to modern interiors. It hides fingerprints, smudges and marks well, making it ideal for interior rooms with a lot of traffic, such as bathrooms.

  • Chrome: Polished chrome finishes have a stunning reflective surface that complements modern minimalistic interiors as well as traditional interiors. 

  • Satin: Satin door hardware has a low-luster finish that effectively hides fingerprints and smudges. It is low-maintenance, making it ideal for rooms in busy buildings. 

  • Gold: Gold is generally muted and does not draw a lot of attention to your hardware unless used as a focal point with darker-hued doors. 

  • Crystal: Crystal doorknobs are a trendy option that adds elegance and sophistication to a space. While clear crystal doorknobs are the most popular, you can also find colored versions. 

  • Brushed nickel: The subtle texture of brushed nickel adds depth and character that complements antique or rustic interiors. It is easy to clean and maintain and effectively hides fingerprints and wear and tear.

  • Copper: Door hardware made of copper alloys such as bronze and brass works well with modern to traditional designs. You can also use copper as an accent piece for a more rustic appearance.

Contact DoorStop for Interior Doors


We at DoorStop are reliable distributors of high-quality commercial interior doors. We have a team that can help you choose the high-end doors and hardware to match and elevate the look and functionality of your commercial projects. You can count on us to source custom doors in record lead times with an option of fast-tracking rush orders even more. 

For more information about our products and services, fill out a contact form online or call us at (888) 366-7624.

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