Virginie. Door Handles. November 19th , 2017.
Door handles can sometimes fade into the background even though we use them on a regular basis. Think about all the times you walk in and out of a room and you use the door handle but because we do it so often its almost like autopilot and we dont really look at the handles we are using. There is a massive choice in the array of handles today and by choosing the right style of door handle for your doors and room you can make your door handles take centre stage and the talking piece of that particular room.
The fridge and freezer are the major culprits because these are the most commonly used appliances but the other cupboards are also a prime contenders. The use of door handles to open the cupboard doors are the prime region of contact where and whilst some materials are better than others for retaining germs, all of the handles do it to some degree. Therefore it is worth using a door handle that is easily cleaned on a regular basis so that any germs are disinfected quickly and precisely.
The second facet of the design of door handles is that they should be simple in design both in shape and size so that they are do not protrude and catch people as they pass by. The shape should be such that it is easy to operate, in most kitchens they work by a straight pull with the door being held in position by a magnetic door catch and the design should reflect this. The pattern should not include grooves or crevices where dirt can collect and cause problems.
The simplest handle is a pull - or push - projection on the side opposite the hinge. The placement of the handle is generally where it will provide an optimal mechanical advantage; most doors operating as second class levers. Doors with centre pulls or rings, or a pivot point in a location other than one edge of the door, use first or third class lever principles. Depictions of door handles in paintings dating to the first century CE are centrally placed hinged rings. The modern door knocker is a vestige of this style of primitive door handle. Doors were typically secured by bars and brackets to prevent them from being opened by either intent or accident.
You have spent so much time, money and energy into creating the perfect bedroom, or lounge, or dinning room, and so you owe it to yourself to finish the job properly. Choosing the right door handles for your rooms is an example of the finishing touch that cant be missed. Picking out door handles doesnt mean just going with the cheapest, banging them on the doors and there you have it jobs done, choosing the right door handles can be as important as picking out the right colour sofa for your living room. For every home and every room and for every preference there is a door handle to suit. You may be thinking I have never even thought about door handles they just came with the doors, or they were there when we moved in and we havent touched them since which is all very well and good but now is a great time to have a look around and choose the perfect door handles to give your home and your doors a little bit of umph!
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