Door locks come in a huge variety and this variety gets even greater if you look at how they have evolved through time. The basic principle of most locks is a bolt of some sort. This bolt need only be some sort of bar, cylinder, lug, or other contrivance that extends from the swinging part of the door into some kind of receiving area on the frame. This simply stops the door from swinging open.
The foregoing are the main types of door hardware. These are all a door needs to function in a basic sense. There is, however, the possibility of adding other types of hardware to a door. For instance, one could conceivably add a door sweep at the bottom. This is most often a thin piece of aluminum with either a piece of rubber or a brush like fibers of some natural or synthetic material that prevent drafts from coming in under the door. These are very handy for drafty exterior doors and are often included with screen doors. They are usually screwed to the front of the door or otherwise affixed.
Another room in which door hardware plays an important role is the kitchen. Kitchen design can almost focus upon door hardware given the large amount of cabinets in the room. In many kitchens, cabinets are hanging directly at eye level. Choosing door knob hardware for your cabinets that coordinates with your theme, but doesnt overwhelm, is extremely important. For example, if you have wooden floors, cabinets, and counters paired with sleek silver appliances - you can easily pull these two materials together with the use of door hardware. Instead of opting for traditional wooden pulls for your cabinets... choosing silver door knob hardware incorporates the material of the appliances onto the wooden cabinets. Without having to undergo any serious remodels or projects - your kitchen design has become more coordinated and organized.
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