The use of pocket doors in the United States is becoming a more popular trend every year because they not only save space but offer the convenience of a door that can be opened entirely and not block access by sliding closed along a track. Conventional and bifold doors are considered the more traditional approach in most homes these require several feet of unblocked space to open and close. Many homeowners need every extra square foot they can find to store their personal belongings and a door can easily get in the way of most decorating layouts.
A pocket door is a simple design that utilizes a flat door installed on a track that will slide easily into a “pocket” in the wall. When opened these doors allow complete access to the closet or room and will not slide closed until you are ready to do so. Pocket doors can be single door that slides to the left or right (usually this is unidirectional) and sits flush against the door jamb when closed or a double door set that will close in the middle of the frame against each other. Depending on the style of pocket door in your home, there are several different types of hardware available.
Dummy Sets: These would be used most traditionally on a closet door because it has a pull installed on the exterior of the door and no pull on the inside. These are most traditionally accompanied by an edge pull installed into the side of the door (to close the door).
Passage Sets: This style would be used on a door that might be opened from the inside or outside – therefore a pull is installed on either side of the door. An edge pull would be used as well. These are available in single and double sets depending on the type of pocket doors.
Privacy Sets: This style is similar to the passage set but uses a mortise latch in place of an edge pull so the doors can be locked. It is important to note that a key will be required to lock/unlock this style from either side (no safety lock feature). In a single door installation the door would lock into a strike plate installed into the door jamb and in a double door installation the doors would lock into each other.
Pocket door hardware is available in a variety of antique and modern patterns and can be a great way to upgrade the appearance of your pocket doors. Search for solid brass construction to ensure high quality and durability.
If you are looking to update the look of your home without making large changes, choosing some new door levers may be the perfect solution. Door levers are made to complement any home décor with a wide variety of styles to choose from and even some transitional styles to work with your changing décor.
What to consider when choosing door levers for your home:
When you decide to purchase new door levers for your home, it is important to consider your current décor and if you are planning on doing any redecorating in the near future. For those who will be making changes to their home, a more transitional styled lever would probably be best. This door lever is one that can go with a variety of décor, so when you make changes to your home the lever will still complement the look. If you are undecided about how you want to redecorate your home a transitional door lever that has a very basic design is the perfect way to make updates without creating an unbalanced look. If you tend to lean towards modern décor then try a very sleek option with minimalist detailing. This type of design will go with many contemporary styles. Traditional, classic and antique designs are also available to complement those styles as well.
Another thing to consider when choosing a door lever, dummy lever, or passage lever is the construction. Quality materials are essential for a long-lasting piece and will make a big difference in the look of the door lever for years after it is purchased.
Also consider keeping the look of your home consistent
When choosing the right door lever you need to consider making if blend with your home as a whole. By only buying levers based on the look of the individual rooms of your home you risk creating an unbalanced arrangement of pieces and can lose the continuity. When purchasing door hardware it is best to keep it similar, or the same as the other hardware with the home. This will create a distinct look and the home arrangement will pull together nicely.
When purchasing door levers for your home there are several aspects to consider before buying. From the style of your current home arrangement, to your ideas for a redecoration project, décor is the key to deciding which door handle would work best. Another is the quality of the materials in the door lever and making sure it will blend well with the rest of your home environment.