Door knobs and levers are chosen for specific applications and for functionality. With the options available on the market today, decor, safety and functionality can all be combined in the perfect choice.
If you haven’t heard of pocket door hardware, this may interest you. This hardware allows the door to slide into the wall rather than open front to back. This is ideal for smaller rooms or hallways that would be cramped by a swinging door. When installed properly these doors are very unobtrusive and appear to simply be part of the wall when closed.
A single dummy door lever can be used on any door that simply pulls open and pushes shut from one side of the door. It has no movable parts and is attached to the outside of the door. A full dummy door lever also has no movable parts, but is installed on both sides of the door, allowing the door to be opened and closed no matter what side of the door you find yourself on. Use a full dummy lever on a door that has a predrilled hole for a door knob. A double dummy door lever would serve the same function as the full dummy, but is attached to the door that has no predrilled door knob hole.
Dummy levers are used when no latch is needed to keep them secure. They are simply a decorative handle with no moving parts and no locking features.
A passage door knob or lever is used when an entry must stay securely closed but does not need to be locked. This type of fixture has moveable parts that allows walk in closets, children’s rooms and other doorways that do not need a lock to be opened and closed.