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How To Determine Door Handle Placement

It may be something you don’t often appreciate, but door handle placement is key to having an attractive and well-functioning door. Along with properly measuring for a new door, door handle placement is crucial when updating your home’s entranceway. That’s why we’re here to help you navigate the ins and outs of front door handle installation!


Why Door Handle Placement Matters

So, why does door handle placement matter so much? It comes down to physics and convenience. The standard height puts door handles in a place that’s easy and comfortable for adults and most children to reach. 

However, height isn’t the only factor to consider. If you’re thinking about placing your handles in the middle of your front doors, you might want to reconsider (this is where physics comes in!). Door handles should also always be attached to the doorframe, as this puts them as far as can be from your door’s center of gravity. This allows your doors to be opened with less force and less acceleration. This is simpler and safer, especially if your doors are made of a durable and heavier material like wrought iron. 


What Is the Standard Door Handle Height?

If the door you’ve ordered doesn’t come with pre-drilled holes, you should go by standard door handle height when installing the handle yourself. Your door handle, along with any latches, pulls, or locks, should be placed at least 34 inches from the floor and no higher than 48 inches from the floor. 

This gives you a bit of wiggle room on where to place your handles. However, it’s important to note that you’ll ideally be measuring from a finished floor. If you plan on finishing your floor at a later date, keep in mind the thickness of the type of flooring you plan on installing. 


How To Install a Door Handle

Front door handle installation isn’t as complex as it might seem, especially if you consult a helpful online guide. The only materials you’ll need are a screwdriver, safety glasses, and the hardware to the new door handle you’ve purchased. You should keep your safety glasses on throughout the installation to protect your eyes. 

The first step is to carefully remove the old handle if there is one. If not, start by measuring and marking on the door with a pencil where you intend on installing the new handle. The next steps vary depending on whether or not you’re installing a handle or a knob. Put simply, you’ll need to install the new latch plate on the inside edge of your door, followed by the outdoor handle and then the interior handle. 


Order Custom Doors Online From Bighorn Iron Doors

Now that you know where and how to install your door handles, you’re ready to update your home’s entrance! If you’d rather purchase a custom door with pre-installed handles, you can do so with Bighorn Iron Doors. As the largest distributor of iron doors in the United States, we carry a wide inventory of strong, secure, and long-lasting doors, which you can view in our gallery

Want to keep the door you already have? We also offer a gorgeous selection of vintage iron door handles that can completely transform any entranceway. When you order from us, you’ll enjoy a 100% satisfaction guarantee and free local delivery. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to place an order. You can get in touch by calling (833) 811-7199, emailing sales@bighornirondoors.com, or completing our online inquiry form

Also If you’re looking for inspiration on modern door handle designs, check out our previous post.

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