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Door Pulls, an Alternative to Handlesets for your Entryway Doors

More and more often we are asked for an upscale option for front entryways. A pair of elegant door pulls will definitely dress up your front doors, but how do they work and what hardware is necessary to make them secure?

As custom doors become more common, the door thickness (typically 2" or more) becomes an issue for standard tubular door handlesets. Most handlesets are set to work on the standard exterior door thickness of 1-3/4" and will not function on thicker doors. Some manufacturers are providing optional thick door kits (for doors up to 2-1/4" thick) to fix the problem, however having a door thicker than 1-3/4" will definitely limit your choices. Since door pulls do not have an internal working mechanism they can be installed on any door thickness and with all of the design choices available, including custom door pulls, you are limited only by your imagination!

Because door pulls do not have a latching mechanism to keep the door from hanging open when you go out to get the mail, you will need a heavy duty roller catch installed. The beauty of a roller catch is that it can be installed practically anywhere on the top, bottom and/or edge of the door.

You will need to install a deadbolt lock for security, and with all the lower profile choices available, you will have no problem finding one that will integrate nicely with your new door pulls.

If you have a double entry you will need to install flush bolts at the top and bottom of the edge of the inactive door. This provides a stable area for the deadbolt to lock into. Finish the overall look of your entryway with a matching door knocker and doorbell plate and you have an elegant look that will truly make the neighbors want one of their own!

First Impressions Cross Door Pulls
First Impressions 28" Cross Door Pulls

Grand Palais Ornate Door Pull Plate
Grand Palais Ornate Door Pull Plate
Wood door pulls
First Impressions Mahogany Wood Door Pull

12 foot large cedar doors

These 12 foot tall cedar doors were 3-1/2 inches thick. They used the 3 Foot Oil Rubbed Bronze Square Door Pulls and a Single Cylinder Thick Door Deadbolt to securely lock the doors.

coco buffet with acrylic door pulls

This large custom built buffet used the First Impressions 24 Inch Acrylic Pulls with Polished Brass mounting brackets.

Please Contact Us for all your door pull and Door Hardware needs.

Also see: Door Pull Mounting: The difference between Mounting Hardware Types and when each is used.

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