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10 Easy Pieces: Simple Doorknobs

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10 Easy Pieces: Simple Doorknobs

April 25, 2018

Think how often you’ll wrestle with your doorknobs in the course of a lifetime and you’ll realize it doesn’t make sense to scrimp on this stalwart of the home. It’s worth seeking out the highest-quality, most pleasing doorknobs in your price range. Following is a roundup of our favorite basics.

baldwin&#8\2\17;s high quality, well designed hardware is the gold standard 17
Above: Baldwin’s high-quality, well-designed hardware is the gold standard. When Francesca remodeled her Brooklyn Heights house, she used the Baldwin Images Classic Knob No. 5405.150, which works in almost any interior. Passage sets (single knobs, dummy sets, and privacy sets are also available) in a choice of 13 finishes are available through Baldwin dealers.
janet used the baldwin estate contemporary knobset 504\1 in her seattle remodel 18
Above: Janet used the Baldwin Estate Contemporary Knobset 5041 in her Seattle remodel. Available in 17 finishes and with two different rosette sizes, the knob set is available through Baldwin dealers.
the emtek orb modern door knob is available in five finishes, including oil rub 19
Above: The Emtek Orb Modern Door Knob is available in five finishes, including oil-rubbed bronze as shown; $102.48 for the passage set at Direct Door Hardware. Our contributing editor, Izabella Simmons, used the knobs in her remodel in Little Rock, Arkansas.
the well priced, utilitarian commercial grade master lock cylindrical ball knob 20
Above: The well-priced, utilitarian Commercial-Grade Master Lock Cylindrical Ball Knob Set is $39.39 for the passage set at Master Lock.
san francisco architect cary bernstein favors door knobs from merit metal  21
Above: San Francisco architect Cary Bernstein favors door knobs from Merit Metal for their clean lines and “really good weight and feel.” The Merit Solid Brass Door Knob 43000 is available in 22 different finishes at architectural hardware stores nationwide; contact Merit Metal for ordering information.
in the design voyeur category, manhattan based (and brooklyn manufactured) high 22
Above: In the Design Voyeur category, Manhattan-based (and Brooklyn-manufactured) high-end hardware purveyor Nanz is the holy grail. The Nanz No. 1008 Door Knob is inspired by the International Style and is available in all Nanz plated and patinated finishes. Contact Nanz for ordering information.
the randall interior door set classic \2 inch brass knob is \$\179 for the plai 23
Above: The Randall Interior Door Set Classic 2-Inch Brass Knob is $179 for the plain set at Rejuvenation.
the tate classic knob interior door set is \$\179 for the plain set at rejuvena 24
Above: The Tate Classic Knob Interior Door Set is $179 for the plain set at Rejuvenation.
for price conscious remodelers, the schlage orbit door knobset is the knob 25
Above: For price-conscious remodelers, the Schlage Orbit Door Knobset is the knob of choice (Julie used it in her Mill Valley, California, remodel); the Hardware Hut lists the complete doorknob and rosette passage set for $23.10. It’s available in five finishes, ranging from satin chrome to oil-rubbed bronze.
the schoolhouse berlin door set with cylinder knob, shown in satin nickel, is \ 26
Above: The Schoolhouse Berlin Door Set with Cylinder Knob, shown in Satin Nickel, is $158 at Schoolhouse.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 13, 2010.

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