Entry Door Hardware

Entry door hardware is more than just doorknobs and locksets. Check out the many types of hardware to choose the right options for your home entrance.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited


Single-cylinder deadbolts are operated with a key from the outside of a home and a thumb turn from the inside. A double-cylinder deadbolt is operated with a key from both outside and inside the door. This offers a more foolproof security option against the burglar who relies on gaining access to a home by breaking through the door glass and turning the thumb turn to open the door. Always keep a key near a double-cylinder deadbolt, in case of fire or other emergency.

Traditional Door Knocker

While you may have a doorbell and not have a practical need for a door knocker, you may still want to select a door knocker as an accessory to enhance the style of your entry door. Door knockers lend a traditional appearance to any style of door and are available in a wide selection of finishes. This door knocker is the most commonly seen in the US. It is usually paired with a traditionally styled door.

S Door Knocker

The S door knocker gets its name from the shape. Unlike the traditional knocker, it has a vertical handle.

Imperial-Styled Knocker

The knocker shown here is a variation on the traditional knocker. It has a more stately appearance. Shown with a nickel finish.

Ring Door Knocker

The ring door knocker is another popular style and gets its name from its shape. It is shown here in a satin brass finish.


Doorbell hardware surrounds the face of the doorbell button. It is often screwed in place and is available in a variety of shapes and finishes.

Arts and Crafts Mortise Locks

Mortise locks are locking latch mechanisms that require a rectangular hole in the door edge. Some have a second round hole above for key operation. The Arts and Crafts style is popular in many parts of the country, and this mortise lock features a pattern reminiscent of the style. It is shown with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.