Well I was asking myself this same question the other night when I was changing out my old brass doorknobs with my new aged bronze knob collection from Schlage! The very first brass knob that was replaced made such a difference! I couldn't believe I have lived with the shiny gold/brass ones for the eight years we have lived in this house!
I had the opportunity to work with Schlage a few months ago on this wonderful lock set with built in alarm, and now again with their fabulous door knob decorative collections. You don't just choose a generic one design fits all doorknob, but you get more than 1,000 customized design and finish options from traditional to modern! Your style, your way!
My style is the Camelot Collection with Georgian knobs in the aged bronze color. I can't tell you how good these look on the doors! They totally make the look and feel of my home complete.
One of the very cool features on Schlage's web site is their style selector. You choose your door, your room and your knob style and you can get a visual idea of what the knobs will look like on a door. No more guessing which style "might" be best.
I'd like to think of myself as advanced in skill in the home improvement department. If something needs to be done around the house I take care of it. But installing door knobs is incredibly simple, even for a beginner. Especially if you are just replacing an already installed knob.
For the installation of the indoor doorknobs I only used what you see here in the photo. A small hand screwdriver and a small electric screwdriver.
1. First take off the knob on one side. There will be a small push button and it should pop right off.
2. Then remove the knob ring. You will most likely need the small flat head screw driver for a little leverage.
3. You will then see your main screws. Simply remove the screws and the knobs should come right off.
4. Pop out the latchbolt and your now ready to install the new.
1. Determine if you want a faceplate. My doors did not have a faceplate installed. Schlage is super smart and allows you to remove the face plate and add a silver plug instead. This saves you from having to chisel out the door.
2. Install your latchbolt.
3. Connect the two sides of your doorknob. Center and screw in. ( I removed the knob to make it easy to screw the sides together.
4. Remove old strike plate, screw in new matching strike plate and wala! done!
I had a total of six interior knobs to install. Each one probably took me about 5 minutes.
My 7th knob to install was my handleset for the front door. This is usually very simple as well if you are just replacing an old handleset. However Schlage is always concerned with safety and this set had an extra security faceplate to install under the normal decorative faceplate. This prevents and makes it much harder for somebody to kick in or tamper with your door. I can't believe I didn't have one of these already, but my set that was previously installed didn't come with one I guess. I'm all about safety so I took the extra time to install this.
This required some chiseling, drilling and going deeper into the wood to fit the new thick security faceplate. If you have all the right tools this should only take you a few extra minutes. But requires a little more cleanup too. I feel good knowing my door and family is more safe now.
This particular handleset is really cool too because no matter what you had on before, Schlage makes it very easy to fit your current holes. The bottom of the handleset has a slider to position the hole where you need it. So no more frustration and returns, you can pretty much guarantee you will be able to fit your door.
All installation is pretty much the same as the above knobs for your handleset as well. You just need to do the steps twice, once for the knob and the other for the deadbolt.
The front door looks so good and the quality is amazing! You can tell the quality just by touching the handles. My sister was visiting for the holidays and even mentioned how nice the handles were and how nice and easy they turned. You wouldn't think the movement of the knobs could be different between brands, but I'm telling you, you can really tell the difference in the turning mechanisms. Smooth, quiet and sturdy. Who knew you could love a doorknob so much!
They also have the built in alarm knob sets like I reviewed before and the key less sets! I so want to try one of these! With kids this would be so handy!
Schlage is big on social media and will keep in you in the loop with all of their new, old and best products! They also do many contest for chances to win their awesome products! Find them here on Facebook, Twitter and lots of photos on Pinterest!
Looking to upgrade your home? You can find Schlage products at many well known retailers such as The Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon, True Value and many more you can see here. And of course if you are designing your own you can purchase them straight from the Schlage website.
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