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Types of Door Handles, Part 1

You may be surprised to learn that there are different types of door handles. While door handles work in much the same way, the different types have to do with the materials used as well as the overall look and shape of the handle.

First Impressions International offers the best door handles. For over 20 years, we’ve been designing and manufacturing door handles that suit your residential or commercial space and that make a unique and valuable first impression. Door handles can give your customers an immediate impression of your brand, plus give them a reason to smile! Below, we’ll go over the different types of door handles available so that you can begin to think about what type you want. Order yours today!


Round Door Knobs

Perhaps the most common door handle is the door knob. While not technically a handle, it is often confused as such and is a type of door hardware. This door hardware operates by turning the knob clockwise or anti-clockwise. You may also see a door knob in the middle of a door to make it easier to close from the inside, although these are not all that popular. These do require a bit of force to turn and pull or push open, which can be a problem for kids and pets, as well as those suffering from arthritis. However, these are made for hands, are affordable, and can make your home look classy.

Door Levers

Consisting of a lever, or a thin piece that you simply push down on, door levers are easy to open when compared to round door knobs and thus are popular with seniors. Also known as lever handles, this type of door handles are also easy for children to open, so when kids are younger, these are great for bedroom doors. They can be installed either way and add a touch of elegance to any home or business. These are great to use in the interior of your home or office, such as for bathrooms or bedrooms. However, the one complaint people have with decorative door levers is that they easily snag their coat or purse on them, which can throw you off balance when this happens. Also, children can easily break these as well.

Door Handles That Come in Sets

Door handle sets come in matching pairs, which add an elegance and sophistication to your home or business. Door handle sets can vary, but typically you will have a handle with a thumb button that you press down, which unlatches the door and allows it to open (usually by pulling). This type of door hardware is the longest lasting because it takes less wear and tear than other types of door handles that can wear out over time. With door handle sets, you just have to double verify that you have the two pieces lined up before you drill a hole.


Door handles truly do make opening and closing doors easy. There are various styles to choose from as we’ve seen that can really give you an opportunity to personalize your home or business and make it stand out from the crowd. Trust us, people notice unique and custom door handles.

First Impressions International has dedicated the last 20 years to helping you create the door handle of your dreams. Whether you are building a custom home, adding on to an existing home, or looking for a way to brand your business, our custom commercial door pulls have got your needs covered. If you want a unique design, we can help. You can bring your idea to us, and we’ll draw up our ideas with CAD drawings. We’ll refine it until we get it right. Then we’ll manufacture your custom door handle exactly how you want it. We ship it to you, and you install. It’s that simple.

In addition to the best modern door handles, we also offer cabinet hardware and appliance hardware, as well as hardware for your bathroom. Anywhere you have a door or an item that opens we can custom for you. Contact us today to get started!