How To Choose Front Door Hardware

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
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Door Hardware Inspiration

Door Hardware Options



  • Comes in options like full-plate and two-piece handlesets
  • Assemblies typically involve a deadbolt and thumbturn
  • Double-entry doors may require a matching dummy set
  • Shop All Handlesets
Door Knob

Door Knobs

  • Affordable, secure, and simple to install
  • Many different styles and finishes
  • Shapes range from round to egg-shaped
  • Shop All Door Knobs
Door Lever

Door Levers

  • Easy to use if your hands are full
  • Combines great looks with high security features
  • Most levers are ADA compliant, offering accessibility for everyone
  • Shop All Door Levers


  • Most external doors are pre-drilled for deadbolt installation
  • Single- and double-cylinder deadbolts are available
  • Combined with a strikeplate to front door security
  • Shop All Deadbolts

Electronic Locks

  • Benefits include convenience and security
  • Use code on keypad instead of the key
  • Many electronic locks use wireless technology to be checked remotely
  • Shop All Electronic Locks

Single and Double-Cylinder Locks


  • Keyed-entry on one side and a latch on the other
  • Typical setup for most residential doors
  • Typically the only type of lock you’ll ever need
  • Shop Single-Cylinder Locks


  • Keyed locks on both sides of the door
  • Typically used in commercial applications like warehouses
  • Illegal in many areas because they make entry and exit difficult in emergency situations, like fires
  • Shop Double-Cylinder Locks

Door Handing

The handing of your front door determines which side the hardware will go on.

Measurements For Hardware Installation


The measurement from the edge of door to the center of the hole or the lock body you’re replacing. Generally backset measurements are either 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".

Cross Bore

Cross Bore – Is the small hole that intersects with the main body of the door handle. Generally these are 1” in diameter.

Door Thickness

Exterior doors are generally 1 3/4” in thickness, interior doors are 1 3/8”.

Important Considerations

Lock Grade

Lock grade is the number of lock/unlock cycles you can expect your lock to operate. NOTE: Lock grade reflects the durability of a lock, not the amount of security it provides.

  • Grade 1 – 800,000 cycles
  • Grade 2 – 400,000 cycles
  • Grade 3 – 200,000 cycles










Does Your Door Hardware Provide Adequate Security For Your Home?

Is your front door secure?

The best locks and deadbolts are pick resistant. Good locks use “mushroom pins” to prevent thieves from inserting picking tools and manipulating the internal mechanisms to open the lock.

Is your lock bump proof?

Is your lock bump proof? Thieves use a technique called “bumping” to open locks. This technique involves a “bump” key that you insert into a lock and then tap to cause a lock’s internal pins to jump. Several brands make bump-resistant and bump-proof locks. They typically cost a little more because of the “BiLock” technology, but the extra security can elevate your home security.

What is a pick shield?

What is a pick shield? When you see “pick shield” you expect a lock to be pick proof. This term is actually a bit misleading because a “pick shield” actually refers to the metal shield that protects a locking mechanism from being opened with an ice pick or sharp object being plunged through the door to unlock the mechanism from the inside.

× Shipping Rates & Methods

The cost to ship items varies by item, shipment and shipping option.

Free Ground Shipping on Orders Over $49 *

Standard ground shipping transit time is 5-7 business days.

Free Freight Shipping on Orders Over $1500 *

Curb side delivery (also called freight or "LTL" shipping) is reserved for large, heavy, or oversized items like chandeliers, bathtubs, shower doors, etc. Items are palletized and loaded onto a large truck for shipment, and delivered to your curb by scheduled appointment. Transit time is 7-10 business days.

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