Handle with a lock for interior doors: design features and do-it-yourself installation

Luxurious interior door in classic style with beautiful metal lever handle with lock

Luxurious interior door in classic style with beautiful metal lever handle with lock

There are few cases when a handle with a lock for interior doors is used and they can literally be counted on the fingers. But, despite this, it is these pens that are in greatest demand and interest the owners of apartments and private houses. There are a large number of different models, and therefore, it is not surprising that during their installation and even operation, many have questions. Let’s try to figure it out further..

Hinged interior doors with a beautiful handle and lock

Hinged interior doors with a beautiful handle and lock

Original chrome handle with hand lock

Original chrome handle with hand lock

Stylish gold lever handle for interior doors

Stylish gold lever handle for interior doors

Interior door in modern style with white stylish handle with lock

Interior door in modern style with white stylish handle with lock

Fusion lock handle for interior doors

Fusion lock handle for interior doors

Handle design options

An ordinary door handle with a lock for interior doors, which in fact does not have a lock that can be opened with keys, is called a knob. By their design, these can be interior door handles (round, with a lock) or completely different – with an ordinary lever handle. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and most importantly, they have many design options..

A mortise lock with a handle for interior doors of just such a design is much more difficult to install than, for example, a patch lock. But even more problems can be caused by a lock with a plumbing latch. Similar products were invented in case a person who locked the door from the inside could not open it due to physical disorder. Such a latch can be opened by exerting some effort outside the room, while not damaging the door or lock. The plumbing latch will open the door with an ordinary coin, plastic card or similar product, which can easily fill the special groove of the plumbing latch and open the lock.

Handle with lock for sliding interior doors

Handle with lock for sliding interior doors

Unusual metal handle with lock for eclectic interiors

Unusual metal handle with lock for eclectic interiors

Chrome plated lever handle with lock for interior doors

Chrome plated lever handle with lock for interior doors

Another interesting subtype of locks is key-operated. Such pen modifications are used in cases where it is required to maintain confidentiality or just privacy in the room. This is often needed in offices, offices and hotel rooms..

The last of the considered types are handles with a hidden grip. They are not popular, and are used in interiors where the door is installed in a secret room..

Massive stationary metal handle with a lock

Massive stationary metal handle with a lock

The round swing handle with a lock is a fairly popular option.

The round swing handle with a lock is a fairly popular option.

Neat stationary handle with lock works well for glass interior doors

Neat stationary handle with lock works well for glass interior doors

Design features of products

However, even these basic types of pens can differ significantly from each other. First of all, they may differ in the materials used in the construction. The most popular are metal and plastic alloys. Each of them has its own drawbacks. With poor assembly, the metal will rattle every time you open and close the interior doors, and the plastic will become unusable after a short period of use. Both of these materials can even be used to make handle parts such as lock tabs. Their problem is that they can jam after a long period of use, and this, in turn, may become the need to break doors and urgently repair the lock..

Glass door handle with metal base and lock for interior doors

Glass door handle with metal base and lock for interior doors

Wood-effect metal-plastic door with stylish lever handle

Wood-effect metal-plastic door with stylish lever handle

Such difficulties do not arise when modern locks with magnetic inserts are used. They do not stick out of the door when it is closed, and do not clack when closed, which is especially good for people with a shattered nervous system. Typically, these are the devices that are used in the hidden handles, which makes them just a unique find..

But not only design and materials play a role when choosing handles for interior doors. For many buyers, the decorative properties of fittings are primarily important. The most common options are silvering, chrome plating, simple staining and gilding. The last option among all the named is the most unreliable, since gold paint wears off much faster than all the others..

Door handle with lock for interior sliding doors

Door handle with lock for interior sliding doors

Solid metal handles for hinged interior doors

Solid metal handles for hinged interior doors

Costs for handle and lock

A handle-lock for interior doors, which you can buy in any store, be it an online showcase, a construction hypermarket or a pretentious door-window-door interior, will always differ in its price, depending on several factors at once.

The principle “the Internet is always cheaper” does not always work. For example, many of the same salons have their own pages on which the same goods are sold at the same salon prices, which is not always in the hands of the client. At the same time, construction hypermarkets can give rather large discounts for the same products, which will be similar to the cost when buying from a wholesale supplier. But if this part of pricing is always subjective, then some can objectively affect the cost of accessories..

A beautiful and stylish doorknob suitable for a Scandinavian interior

A beautiful and stylish doorknob suitable for a Scandinavian interior

Modern and unusual metal handle with a lock

Modern and unusual metal handle with a lock

Bedroom door with metal door handle with separate lock

Bedroom door with metal door handle with separate lock

The handle lock for interior doors, the price of which is lower than usual, is often made about half of plastic. This technique significantly reduces the cost of the manufacturer, and, accordingly, the cost of the product itself. And rhinestones, gilding and finishing with expensive materials, such as leather and rare wood species, which are often for interior models, on the contrary, significantly increase the price. Similarly, the cost rises if the hardware belongs to a collection that was developed by an eminent designer, or if some innovative elements are included in its design. These may include fingerprint scanners, card readers for electronic keys and the magnetic elements mentioned above..

A white interior door looks good with a metal handle and a steel-colored lock

A white interior door looks good with a metal handle and a steel-colored lock

Beautiful black brushed metal handle for interior doors

Beautiful black brushed metal handle for interior doors

Disassembly of the assembled kit

Many people want to know how to disassemble the handle of an interior door with a lock, for example, when it is loosened in order to repair it. After all, one does not always want to call the master at home, especially when all the necessary tools are at hand. Consider disassembly using an example of an installed knob-type handle.

It is not difficult to disassemble it. First of all, you need to remove the handle from the handle. To do this, you will need to use a complete key from a set of accessories or any hairpin or nail that fits into the hole perpendicular to the axial part of the handle..

 Tip: it is easier to disassemble the handle with an open door, as this will at least double the working area.

Disassembled door lock

Disassembled door lock

The key, once inserted into the hole, will allow the spring installed inside to be compressed. Without releasing the key, you will need to pull the handle away from the door, and then it will easily bare the mechanism.

The next step is to remove the decorative ring / flange. Depending on the design, this element can be attached:

  • screws;
  • carving;
  • snuggle against the structure.

In the first case, a screwdriver / screwdriver will help, in the second you only need hands, and in the third – also an awl, screwdriver or knife to choose from. The last three tools should be used with safety in mind..

Quite popular rotary version of the handle with a lock

Quite popular rotary version of the handle with a lock

The flange will hide the fasteners that hold the pivots of the handle. By removing them, you can completely disassemble the structure without any problems..

Standard door lock with lever handle

Standard door lock with lever handle

Hardware replacement problems

However, it is not always possible to install a new handle in the same place. This can be due to various reasons:

  • wobbly door frame design;
  • discrepancy between the new lock and the old hole;
  • awkward position of the handle (too high / low).

That is why installing a handle lock on an interior door can cause additional difficulties. The first problem most often occurs when interior doors are hollow inside and / or made of low-grade materials, for example, from pressed sawdust. Since the handles are used more often than other elements of the door, and the main pressure falls on them during opening and closing, in the places where they are connected to the interior doors, the canvas wears out much more. The installed screws pull out the particles of the leaf, and if the door is incorrectly dismantled or the door is broken open, the main structure can be additionally damaged.

Solid wood door with matching metal handle and lock

Solid wood door with matching metal handle and lock

Hinged interior doors with graceful dark metal handles in a classic style

Hinged interior doors with graceful dark metal handles in a classic style

The next problem implies that the new elements cannot be installed in the place of the old lock. They can vary significantly in size, and the old holes made in the door, in the best case, you have to expand, and in the worst case, mask and create new ones in a different place..

Similarly, the last scenario should be done in the case when the location of the handle is changed. Most often this is required when the room is transferred from an older relative to a younger (or vice versa), for whom the next opening of the door with an old handle becomes age-specific torture.

Light wooden door with a beautiful door handle in bronze

Light wooden door with a beautiful door handle in bronze

Miniature handle with lock for an interior door in the corner of a room

Miniature handle with lock for an interior door in the corner of a room

Interior door handle with lock: preparation for installation

When the problem is fully understood, you can proceed with the installation, but this will require acquiring the necessary tools. If the handle is of an ordinary design, not so many are required:

  • electric drill / screwdriver;
  • knife;
  • complete key;
  • chisel and hammer;
  • square / ruler;
  • pencil / marker;
  • nozzle-milling cutter and nozzle-screwdriver, drill-pen (for a screwdriver).

Tools required to install a door handle with a lock

Tools required to install a door handle with a lock

Door lever assembly diagram

Door lever handle assembly diagram

Other tools may be needed only when required by design features. You can learn about them from the instructions, which you should read. It will be complete with a pen, provided that you bought the product in a store, and not in a building materials market or a flea market. It usually contains the designation of all elements, the assembly sequence and the necessary tools..

Tip: check the completeness of the handle according to the instructions. When it has a large number of small parts that are easily lost, they may need to be replaced with analogs of the appropriate size..

When all the tools are ready, you can start preparing the interior door. You need to open it and make the necessary markup. To do this, measure the height from the floor corresponding to the comfortable position of the handle. For the average adult, it will be within 95 cm. By placing the handle lower or higher, you will apply more effort when opening / closing doors. At the same level, it is required to transfer the mark to the side edge of the door.

Fusion style interior with white interior doors and beautiful matching metal handles

Fusion style interior with white interior doors and beautiful matching metal handles

Interesting metal handles in bronze for interior doors

Interesting metal handles in bronze for interior doors

Installation of the lock and related accessories

After applying the first mark, it must be shifted by a distance corresponding to the parameters of the lock. It depends on the design and should be checked in the instructions. According to the set new offset mark, drilling is carried out using a milling nozzle of the required diameter.

Tip: do not drill a through hole right away. As soon as the center of the drill appears on the back of the door, remove the cutter and start drilling from the back. This will avoid unnecessary damage to the veneer if it covers the door..

Door lock insert

Door lock insert

When the hole for the handle is ready, you can proceed to drilling the hole for the key part on the side edge of the interior door. Drilling is carried out with a pen drill at the second mark in the center. The diameter of the hole will depend on the width of the drill, so it must be chosen according to the design. Usually it is 23 mm. When the hole is ready, you will need to try on the key part and outline a contour around the mounting plate in order to make a recess for it. The deepening is done with a chisel, which hollows out a piece of wood with a thickness of the mounting plate.

After all the holes are ready, you can start installing the lock. It is mounted using complete self-tapping screws. At the same time, it is important to correctly place the lock in accordance with the closing direction so that the interior door slams easily, and does not stop with the lock tongue..

Door lock installation process

Door lock installation process

Installing a lock on an interior door

Installing a lock on an interior door

Last operations and parting words

At the last stage, the handle itself is installed. First, you need to disassemble one half of the handle, or rather remove the handle from it. How to do this is described above. The assembled handle is installed on the back of the door, and the disassembled one on the front. Then both parts are fastened together with the supplied screws or screws..

After that, a decor is installed on the disassembled part of the handle, for example, a flange and the handle is put on. This completes the installation of the handle..

interior door handle with lock: stylish modern lever handle with lock

Stylish modern lever handle with lock

Mediterranean style interior with wooden swing doors

Mediterranean style interior with wooden swing doors

As you can see, problems with installing a handle with a lock for an interior door can be avoided, and the installation itself will take a little time, only 15-20 minutes, depending on the skills of the master. Make sure it’s easy and do the installation yourself. This will save money on calling the wizard. If the skills or tools are not enough, do not take risks and call a professional who will not spoil the door and will do everything as quickly as possible..