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Many people in America live with disabilities, including mobility disabilities which require them to use a wheelchair, walker, cane, or crutches to get around. While most businesses are aware of ADA guidelines for their stores, some requirements are unfortunately overlooked. In today’s blog, we will be taking a look at how your commercial or residential space could use some improvements in order to be completely ADA compliant. We will be discussing entrance areas, entry doors, and entry door handles, all of which can hinder a person’s access to a building in different ways.

Commercial
If you own a business, you should ensure that your entryway is completely accessible to everyone, including those with mobility disabilities. Those who do not have an ADA compliant entryway are essentially denying customers access based on their physical condition. To ensure that your business’s entryway is 100% ADA compliant, let’s take a look at the entrance area, entry doors, and entry door handles, which are the three main ways that a person with mobility disabilities could be denied entrance.

Entrance Area
For people with disabilities, whether they use a wheelchair, walker, cane, or crutches, to have ADA compliant access to your business, there should be no steps or stairs in front of the doorway. Even one step up could hinder their access. Installing a ramp or creating a second entryway is a great way to eliminate this challenge for people with disabilities and keep your building ADA compliant. If you do have a second entryway available as an option, keep in mind that only one entrance into your building has to be ADA compliant, so the other one can have stairs if you wish. Ramps can be created as a part of your entryway with construction, or you can find an ADA-approved ramp to securely place in front of your door if you have a single step up.

Additionally, ensure that your entrance area is wide enough for people who use wheelchairs to make turns. It can be very awkward for people to have to wheel out of a door backward because there is not enough space to turn around. For more information about ADA compliant accessible entrance for business, check out the official ADA guide for small businesses.

Entry Doors
Once your customers get up to the front door, are the ones with mobility disabilities able to open it easily? The best kind of entry door you could have would be one that opens up automatically. We understand that not every business may not be in a building with this luxury or be able to afford the upgrade to do so. However, there are some other options. As long as your door can stay propped open and is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair (36” wide), your door is ADA compliant. If your door does not open wide enough, consider widening the entrance frame or installing some swinging hinges, which might be enough to help. If you need assistance picking out new door hardware, contact the experts at First Impressions International, and we can come up with the perfect solution to help make your business’s entry door ADA compliant.

Entry Door Handles
Aside from the door itself, certain door handles can be tricky for people to open if they have disabilities. Round doorknobs and thumb latch handles require some twisting strength and force to open the door, which can be an unwanted challenge for a person with disabilities. Instead, consider door handles that are levers or loops. A lever door handle is easy to push, which not only helps people with disabilities but can help people with their hands full and can eliminate hand-to-door contact since people can use their arms or bodies to push the door open. Looped door handles are also a great option since no twisting and turning is involved; you just simply need to push or push the loop to open the door. At First Impressions International, we offer a variety of door handle options, including custom-designed and made decorative door handles that match your business’s logo or style. For assistance picking out ADA-compliant door handles for commercial spaces, contact us today.

Residential
Perhaps you, someone you live with, or someone who visits often has a mobility disability. Consider all of these aforementioned updates for your home as well. Eliminate the challenging staircase and install an accessible ramp for easier front door entry. Ensure that your front entry door can open wide enough to fit a wheelchair or walker, at least 36 inches. And finally, swap out your front door hardware, including the door handle, for easier access. Get rid of your round doorknob and replace it with an easy-to-push-and-open lever handle. When doing this upgrade, consider a custom-made door handle from First Impressions International to tie your house’s style together and add some curb appeal.

ADA Compliant Door Hardware and Custom Door Handles at First Impressions International
At First Impressions International, we offer a variety of door, kitchen, and other house hardware, as well as custom door handle projects. We have worked with residential homes, retail stores, hospitality businesses, and everything in between. Our team is dedicated to finding the perfect solution to help make your commercial building or home ADA compliant, starting with the entrance. Learn more about the products we sell and the services that we offer and then contact First Impressions International today to get started!

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Marketing your business’s brand is essential for bringing in new customers or guests. The best way to make a lasting first impression with potential customers is to showcase your business in all aspects of your storefront. Of course, you have a big sign with your business’s name and logo that customers see from a distance, but what if they are walking right up to the door? Having custom door handles that feature your business’s brand is a great way to attract customers. Furthermore, they are a great way to keep current customers and increase brand recognition at a glance. You put your logo on everything from your signs to your receipts, so why not put it on your door, too?

At First Impressions International, we specialize in custom door handles, creating handles that are unique to each business. We have four different types of custom door handle projects, including branded, monogrammed, semi-custom, and themed. Read more to learn about each type of project and then be sure to check out our recent work gallery to see some examples of custom work that we have completed in the past!

Branded Door Handles
Turn your vision into a reality and give your business more exposure than before with an original, custom-made branded door handle. With a branded door handle, your customers and guests get to see your business’s name, logo, and/or key features instantly. Customers will easily be able to identify your business, just by walking up to the front door. Branded handles can be designed in a few different ways. Customized from the ground up, they can be anything from die-cut shapes of your logo or a key product you sell to your business’s name embellished in metal or wood — it’s all up to you. Decide what kind of door handle will work best with your front doors, and with a little time and creative collaboration with our team, you’ll get beautiful and high-quality customized handles that will really wow your customers. The possibilities are truly endless, and the only limit is your imagination.
View examples of our custom branded door handles here.

Monogrammed Door Handles
Similar to branded door handles, but less bold, you can get a fully custom door handle using your business’s initials in a stylized, monogrammed design. Monogrammed door handles are built from scratch and uniquely made for your business. Most commonly, monogrammed handles are made with the same font as the business’s logo, but the choice is yours. The door handles are also commonly cut so the handles themselves are the letters. Choosing monogrammed door handles is a really great way to promote brand recognition for your business. After all, it is pretty hard to forget the name of a business if you have to actually touch a door handle that showcases the brand, so it’s a great idea to invest in a custom monogram handle.
See examples of monogrammed door handles we have created.

Semi-Custom Door Handles
Sometimes, fully-branded door handles are not in the best interest or price range for some businesses. That’s okay — opt for semi-custom door handles that are still unique, yet less design-heavy and thus, more practical. Pick from a wide range of pre-existing door handles and have them modified from there. Change up the materials or finish, add your business name, adjust the mounting position — whatever you’d like us to customize, we can handle it.
Take a look at our available semi-custom door handles.

Themed Door Handles
Perhaps you do not necessarily need a fully customized door handle, but you would still like a fun, statement piece in your entryway. You can choose from a variety of pre-designed themed door handles that are made for different industries. Themed handles could be anything from cut-out shapes to recognizable symbols to unique, eye-catching designs and lettering. From wooden spoons for restaurants to guitars for music shops, themed door handles will still allow customers to get a feel of the business before walking inside, without needing full customization.
Shop all of our themed door handles.

Materials and Color
All four of these types of custom door handles come in a variety of materials and colors. Even if you’re opting for a themed handle, you still get to customize some parts! Custom front door handles can be made from glass, metal, or wood. Metal door handles can come in up to thirty different finishes, to really tie your entryway and brand together. Plus, depending on the front door that you have, we can even customize the mounting placement on most handles. No matter what type of custom door handle you pick, you will get a high-quality, carefully manufactured statement piece that sings your business’s name to the streets.
Learn more about what we can customize.

Wow Your Customers with Custom Door Handles by First Impressions International
At First Impressions International, we will work in collaboration with you to produce the most eye-catching and unique custom door handles that can fit any type of business. In the past, we have created a variety of different custom handles. We have done everything from die-cut logos to embellished, beveled brand name designs to handles that are shaped like a product that the business sells. No matter how custom or complicated your project may seem, trust First Impressions International to deliver a high-quality, made-from-scratch, customized door handle for your business. To get started on your custom door handle project, contact us at First Impressions International to start collaborating with a designer today.

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Want in on a little secret? There’s an easy, affordable way to completely update the look of your kitchen! Just by swapping out your cabinet hardware for a new style, material, and/or color, you can completely transform the space. In today’s blog, we are giving you six different ways that you can successfully and tastefully update your kitchen cabinet hardware to add a more personal touch.

Match Styles Throughout the Home
When planning for new cabinet hardware in your kitchen, you’ll want to take into consideration other elements present in your home. Does your home have a more modern, industrial vibe? Or is it more like a log cabin in the woods? It is important to match styles all throughout your home to achieve a cohesive, put-together look. If your stair railings are chrome, replace your cabinet hardware with chrome knobs and pulls. If you live in a historic home, consider decorative, vintage style handles. The possibilities for cabinet hardware are endless, but you can create a cohesive style throughout your home if you try to match styles in multiple rooms.

Mix it Up
Some styles may clash, but others look great together. Consider mixing it up in your kitchen with contrasting colors, materials, and styles of your cabinets and cabinet hardware. If all of your cabinets are dark wood, use a light-colored metal material for your knobs and pulls. If your kitchen backsplash has red tones, try finding gold-colored cabinet hardware. When mixing things up with your cabinet hardware, you want the hardware to stick out but still fit in with the rest of the room. Do your research on which colors, materials, and styles look best together. Try not to create a bland, monotone home where everything is the same exact color or an outlandishly colorful and mismatched home.

Add a Pop of Color
Whether it’s the cabinets or the hardware, adding a pop of color to a room always adds a fun touch. If you go the route of painting your cabinets a new color, consider cabinet hardware that’s also painted, instead of traditional metal or wood. Take into account the other colors that you use throughout your kitchen. If your towels and decorations are all in the blue and green color groups, paint your cabinets navy with a pop of teal for the handles and knobs. Of course, you can always take the more safe route with simple grayscale or natural wood cabinets while still bringing out the color in the hardware.

Use Different Styles for Cabinets and Drawers
From handles to knobs to pulls, there are a few different styles of kitchen cabinet hardware. When updating your kitchen, consider using different styles for your cabinets than for your drawers. Usually, when homeowners do this, they choose to use knobs for the top cabinets and handles or pulls for the drawers. The best way to do this and achieve a cohesive look is to make sure that you’re picking hardware that all use the same materials. Also, try to pick styles that look similar to each other. If you’ve decided on sleek, smooth satin nickel, find hardware for both your cabinets and drawers that fits that criteria rather than picking pulls that are smooth and knobs that are embellished.

Use Decorative Handles
While many people choose plain, monotone hardware, adding decorative handles to your kitchen cabinets is a great way to bring your personality into the room. There are plenty of styles to choose from, too, including embellished metals, frosted glass, hand-painted patterns, even shapes such as animals and symbols. Plus, you can use our last tip and only use decorative handles on your cabinets, while using more plain handles on your drawers so that there’s not too much going on.

Swap Hardware Every Few Years
When you move into a new home, it is definitely a good idea to update your kitchen cabinet hardware to give a fresh look to the space. Otherwise, consider swapping out your hardware every few years. This way, you can keep up with recent trends and the current style that’s present in the rest of your home, and prevent rusty metal or warped wood hardware. You can also utilize our previous tip here too, and you can update just the hardware of the cabinets one year and the drawers the next year!

Keep Things Clean
As goes with anything in your home, especially items that are made of metal-based materials, keeping your cabinet hardware clean is essential. Wiping down the entirety of the hardware once a week with a cleaning product will not only prevent germs from spreading around your home, but will also increase the longevity of the hardware. If you have hardware that is made out of metal, it can rust. And if your hardware is made out of wood, it can mold or warp. Even more, if your hardware is embellished with a bevel design at all, grime can stick to the surface and be much harder to clean once it’s built-up. Add cleaning your cabinet hardware to your list of weekly chores and you will not regret it.

Add Style to Your Kitchen with First Impressions International
At First Impressions International, it’s our goal to make lasting impressions in residential and commercial spaces — that’s why it’s in our name! We offer a variety of cabinet hardware that’s suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, or anywhere else you need it. First Impressions International also takes on custom door handle projects, to really make your front entryway pop. Learn more about our services and products and then contact us today to get started on your custom project!

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When designing or remodeling your home or business, there are a lot of decisions that have to be made, from which room to remodel to paint colors, trim work, and appliances and fixtures. One decision you’ll have to make regards your door hardware. While this may seem like a minor decision, it truly is not. Businesses are now realizing the value of making a first impression before customers even walk in the door. One way to do this is through custom commercial door pulls, which can convey a lot about what your guests can expect even before they walk through the door. Used in branding, you can leave your guests with an imprint in their mind as the first thing and the last thing they notice in their interaction time at your place of establishment.

All that being said, there’s a lot that you need to decide before settling on a custom door handle. First Impressions International offers the best custom door handles and pulls for you. We are expert designers and manufacturers of not only custom door pulls, but also custom door knobs and other door hardware, such as in your kitchen and bathroom. Below, we’ll offer up tips on how to choose door handles for your home or office. Visit us online to get started today!

TIPS FOR CHOOSING DOOR HANDLES

Decide on the Type of Door Handle You Want

There are many different types of door handles to choose from, each one can give your home or office a different look and feel. There are door knobs, which are round or oval in shape and are very popular and easy to use. Levers have a more modern look and feel to them. They are the door handles that are long and straight and you normally use them to press down to open the door. Then you have door pulls that you either pull or push to enter a building. These can be quite ornate as they are designed to be longer in order to grab on to them better. Think of door handles as an extension of the theme you are trying to convey.

Decide on the Material of Door Handle You Want

Door handles, including custom door handles, can be made out of almost any material you can imagine, from wood and metal to porcelain and even plastic. Depending on your use, you also might want to consider wear and tear and longevity as well. For instance, if you are ordering a custom door handle for your business, you probably want a durable material that can stand up to being handled many times a day. If you are putting your custom door handle in an upstairs room where no one goes, perhaps a glass or a porcelain door handle would be fitting — one that is more susceptible to breaking. You’ll also want to consider style and theme here as well in order to match your custom door handle. If you are ordering a custom door handle for your boot business, you probably want a door handle made from boots.

Decide on Finish

Finish is important for door handles because finish can convey meaning. For example, if you choose a brass or chrome finish for your custom door handle, it will definitely look classic. However, it can also show fingerprints readily. It’s always best to choose a finish that will not only complement your other hardware in your room or store, but also one that won’t require a lot of maintenance. While fingerprints and food (if you are a restaurant) are inevitable, these can be minimized with the right door hardware.

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So much goes into remodeling your home or office, or even into new construction. With so many major decisions to make, from location and style to flooring and decking, door handles can get left by the wayside. However, understanding their importance and how to choose them can make the process a bit smoother.

First Impressions International offers the best custom door handles for your commercial business or residential use. For over 20 years, we’ve been helping customers make the perfect door handle that will leave the right impression right from the get-go. From branded and themed to monogram or a combination of both, we can help you begin to craft your custom door handle.

Our custom door handle process is simple. You can send us an idea, and we’ll go from there. We then utilize CAD for our drawings, and then we send them to you for feedback. This process continues until the perfect door handle is designed. Then we move into the manufacturing phase, where we’ll make your custom door handles for you, and ship them your way. Check out our great return policy online.

We offer a wide range of materials for you to choose from, including exotic hardwoods, crystal, glass, acrylics, metals, and many more. We also tailor our finishes to suit your needs, such as antique to shiny and weather-resistant to heavy usage. If you need some ideas to get you started, visit our website. There, you will see all of our door hardware, including cabinet and bathroom hardware. Let us help you create the brand you want. Contact us today to get started, or browse our website to place your custom door handle order or to get an idea of the selection we offer.

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In our last blog post, we began to examine the different types of door handles. We focused on shape previously, and today we will focus on custom door handles by material.

First Impressions International offers the best craftspeople to make your custom door handles. From casters and welders to machinists, assemblers, finishers, and inspectors, we are dedicated to giving you the best door handles that will withstand the test of time. Below, you’ll learn more about the different types of door handles by material. Contact us today to get started!

TYPES OF DOOR HANDLES BY MATERIAL

Wooden Door Handles

Perhaps the first door handle ever was made from wood. Wood is easy to shape and thus can make a great door handle material. Wood is also extremely easy to carve, and back before CNC machines, if you wanted a really elaborate door handle you had to have wood because it can be carved easily. Wood nowadays gives your home or office door a classic look, and this type of door handle is quite affordable and easy to customize, from modern style to rustic. Wood is also easy to paint and holds color well if treated afterwards. Wooden door handles remain a very popular material here at First Impressions International for custom door handles.

Metal Door Handles

In the 21st century, there is no limit to the type of metal that can be used for door handles. Thus, many customers looking for a truly unique custom door handle choose metal because it can leave a lasting impression. For example, any item on your home or business made from copper can catch the eye. Copper, albeit quite expensive, is affordable in small quantities, so making a custom door handle out of copper can be a good investment in the long run to make a lasting impression. Any type of metal is also durable and long-lasting. They are also rust-free and anti-bacterial by nature. Metal handles are quite popular so, odds are, you’ll see a lot of this type of custom door handles around your town, city, or places you visit.

Glass Door Handles

Glass had been around for millenia with ancient glass-makers blowing glass into different shapes for many uses. Thus, it makes sense that glass would be a great material from which to make custom door handles. Easy to manipulate into shapes and add in color, glass door handles come in many different designs from traditional to contemporary. Glass handles by themselves will definitely grab people’s attention since they are not a popular material to make custom door handles from. They are elegant and add a flair of Old World-style with a shiny, classy look. You can make glass door handles into any shape you want to make the stunning first impression you want to make with everyone who walks through your doors.

Ceramic Door Handles

Ceramic door handles are a great go-to for those looking to add some flair to the door hardware. Ceramic door handles usually come in lots of great colors so you can match items in your home or office. Ceramic is usually clay, porcelain, or brick. China, earthenware, and stoneware are also ceramic materials that are popular for custom door handles. Each ceramic has its own unique qualities that can make them stand out from the crowd. For example, porcelain is an extremely hard, translucent white ceramic that has been around for millenia. Porcelain is also known as “fine china” since it has been used for centuries in China to make the best plates, cups, and vases. In addition, you can glaze porcelain to give it a beautiful shine and gleam. Custom ceramic door handles are quite popular here at First Impressions International.

CHOOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS INTERNATIONAL FOR ALL YOUR CUSTOM DOOR HANDLE NEEDS

Custom commercial door pulls are increasingly being used to prepare your guests for what they will encounter when they walk into your business. Whether you are a place of worship and are looking to have metal door handles of crosses made, or you are a trendy restaurant that wants a matching drum set, First Impressions International has got your needs covered. Homeowners are turning to custom door handles as well to differentiate their home from the other similar homes in their subdivision neighborhood. Furthermore, we are seeing a lot of orders for unusual interior door handles and hardware as well. After all, this is what you will see the most of, so you will get to enjoy these as well.

In addition, First Impressions International offers cabinet hardware, appliance hardware, as well as unique custom hardware solutions for your bathroom. To create custom door pulls, the process is simple. We use CAD to transmit our designs to you. We make improvements until you are satisfied, more of this online. If you see something in our showroom you like, but you want it unique as well, we can customize anything custom hardware.

First Impressions International is dedicated to making your life easier, not only by providing you with the best commercial and residential door pulls and handles, but also by giving you a reason to smile every time you walk in the door. If you have drawn up an idea, we’d love to see it. Or, we’d love to hear your vision of a custom door pull and make that come true. Our expert designers love creating your dream door hardware. Contact us today to get started!

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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!

DIFFERENT TYPES OF DOOR HANDLES BY SHAPE

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.

CHOOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS INTERNATIONAL FOR ALL YOUR CUSTOM DOOR HANDLE NEEDS

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!

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Door handles are very similar to door knobs, except door handles are made to aid in pushing and pulling a door shut. Door knobs you usually twist to open a door. Door knobs can have locks in them, while door handles usually have a separate door lock.

First Impressions International makes the best custom door handles and door pulls. You can choose from our wide variety of door handles online that come in different materials, or we can work with you to design unique, one-of-a-kind creations to make the best first impression at your business. Below, we’ll take a brief look at the history of door handles. Contact us today to learn more!

THE HISTORY OF DOOR HANDLES

In our last blog post, we discussed the history of door knobs. Similarly, door handles began as an easier way to push or pull doors open and closed. It’s only been in recent times that the door handle has come into official existence. Previously, humans just didn’t need them. Doors were thinner and easier to open, and times and life were much simpler than they are today.

Officially, door handles came into existence in America in 1878, when a man named Osbourn Dorsey submitted and received a patent for his door handle. Locks and keys were in use at the time, but only by those that could afford them. This is where the Chamberlain came into existence. A Chamberlain was employed by the well-to-do with the sole purpose of keeping the keys to safes that held their employers valuables safe. He was the only one who could lock and unlock valuables except for the family.

Eventually, the idea caught on. Besides being functional, door handles were a way to create a great first impression on people. After all, they are the first thing you truly notice when you walk up to a place of business. Door handles are used on both interior and exterior doors. They are very important for the beauty of the entire door itself. Plus, using a door handle is much safer than just pushing on a door with all your might to open it. Door handles alter the force needed to open a door by distributing your exertion throughout the entire frame, making it lighter. Even little children and the elderly can open very heavy doors thanks to the door handle.

Door handles can also be used on cupboards, cabinets, armoires, almirahs, and more. You can have any style, any finish, and any color you like, as well as any material. The sky is the limit, and custom door handles are increasingly becoming more popular as commercial businesses are striving to differentiate themselves from the competition and add to their branding.

CHOOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS INTERNATIONAL FOR ALL YOUR CUSTOM DOOR HANDLE NEEDS

First Impressions International has been making the best custom door handles for over 20 years. Every door handle or door pull you see on our website can be customized, from simple monogramming to a complete overhaul. We also can take your idea and help turn it into reality. We have created commercial door hardware for many well-known brands, including Chanel, Hard Rock, Disney, and Ritz Carlton. We understand the value of making the best first impression possible. Our custom design and manufacturing capabilities are out of this world. Explore more of our custom door handles today.

In addition to custom door handles and pulls, we also offer traditional door knobs, other door hardware, such as levers, cabinet hardware, and bath hardware. Any room in your home that has a door of some sort can have a unique door pull or door knob. Our mission is to help create that for you.

If you have a logo, we can create a split door handle, or we can create our door handles out of your initials. Leave the best first impression with First Impressions International.

Whether you need a custom door pull for your hotel, commercial business, or just your home, we can help. We will give you options as well as CAD drawings throughout the process until you are satisfied. Once completed, we’ll ship the custom door pulls or handles straight to your door. The mounting is easy. Check out our return policy if needed. Visit us online today!

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Most of us don’t pay attention to door handles or knobs. After all, you only pull or push on them for a few seconds when you enter or exit a building. Most of us are too busy thinking about where we are going and what we are going to do once we get there to even register a door pull — except when it’s unique.

First Impressions International makes custom door handles, as well as cabinet hardware, appliance hardware, bath knobs and pulls, and commercial door pulls. For over 20 years, we’ve been helping design and manufacture unique creations for your commercial business with the goal of making the best first impression possible. But did you ever wonder how door knobs were first invented? Below, we’ll examine the history of door knobs. Contact us today to get started!

HISTORY OF DOOR KNOBS

In the beginning thousands of years ago, most people lived in one big room. However, as civilizations grew and people wanted privacy to the point they were willing to build more than one room, two rooms were built. But how to separate them? Animal pelts and cloth were technically the first doors, both for entering a home and for creating rooms. In this instance, door knobs obviously weren’t needed when all you did was push the animal hide or cloth to the side. Eventually, doors were made from wood, but again, there were no handles. These doors were merely pushed in or out to open and close.

For thousands of years, no one thought of a door knob. Then, locks began to be in style. As civilization grew, so did crime, so people needed a way to keep their valuables safe while they were away. The ancient Egyptians had some form of a door lock. Surprisingly, locks became commonplace on doors but no handles to open them. Locks were made from metal with a key, but the poor used a string or a strap of leather that would be inserted through a hole in the door that was then used to lift and lower a bar.

In the sixteenth century, door knobs appeared but only in palaces and the homes of nobles. However, these were for looks only; they did not have any control over the door. You can see examples of these in the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris.

American Ingenuity

Americans were the ones to truly give door knobs a use. After the American Revolution, the US began to manufacture their own door knobs. Doors were becoming thicker, so door knobs were an easy way to open doors rather than having to push them open. From 1830 to 1873, the US patent office was inundated with door knob patents. Over 100 were submitted during that time frame.

The sky was the limit for materials that door knobs could be made from. The earliest door knobs were made from glass, china, or ceramic. Clay and metal were popular materials of choice as well. Some door knobs operated with a twist; some didn’t. Wood door knobs were easy to come by as well. However, metal became the optimal choice due to the fact there was less care involved, they were stronger, and they lasted longer.

In the era of opulence (otherwise known as the Victorian era), everything you could think of was upgraded, including door knobs. Decorative door hardware, knobs, and handles were in vogue. Soon, the door knob was ubiquitous, operating the same way they do today with the same purpose — to open and close doors, as well as to secure them.

CHOOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS INTERNATIONAL FOR YOUR DOOR KNOB OF CHOICE

First impressions International continues the long tradition of manufacturing custom door knobs of your choice. We also have a wide variety of door knobs available online for you to choose from, both in classical style and modern as well. We offer different door knob materials in all of our styles, from bronze and brass to chrome and nickel. All are easy to install and look beautiful on any door in your home or business.

If you want to make the best first impression, then shop our door knobs and handles online today. Our transitional door knobs are sure to delight and make a great impression. Shop online today!

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Opting for hardwood floors for your home or office is an elegant choice. You can leave the floors bare or you can dress them up with area rugs. Before you have the hardwood flooring installed, you'll have a few choices to make. The easiest way to make these choices is to come up with a theme. Whether you decide to have a different concept for every room or one that spreads across your entire home, a theme helps you narrow down your choices. Here are three ways you can customize your hardwood floors to create the perfect look for every room in your home.

Color Scheme

Even though you have already decided to go with hardwood flooring, bear in mind that wood is available in different shades. Take a look at your home's current color scheme and see what matches best. If you are trying to create a rustic look, hickory is a good option. Cherry works for a rustic theme because this wood has a deep and rich color. You'll find that there is a broad selection to choose from. Basically, the varying shades of brown, red and beige allow for a variety of color palettes.

Gloss Level

Once you have picked out the color scheme that suits you, it is time to think about the gloss level. If you were to opt for a 100% level, you would essentially be installing a mirror for your floors. A 50% gloss level gives you a pronounced sheen that could look both modern and formal. A 15% gloss level is an excellent option for a floor that will be used often. A hardwood floor with a matte finish is great for high-traffic areas since the natural absence of shine can help hide dirt.

Plank Width

Lastly, think about the width of the planks. Generally, the wider the space, the wider the planks should be. If you are going to install a hardwood floor in a large area, you'll want the flooring to be free of crevices that can be caused by narrow planks. When there are fewer planks adjoining one another, there will also be fewer crevices created where dirt and dust can hide.

Installing a hardwood floor in your home or office is a sophisticated decision. To ensure that it lasts a long time, take into consideration its plank width, gloss level, and color scheme in relation to your home's current decorative theme.

Working on a renovation of your home or office? First Impressions International can help. We offer many products and services that can provide a seamless solution from ideation, to design specification, to manufacturing, and customer fulfillment.

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Increasing the curb appeal of your home can add to its market value, and it may make your neighbors happier as well. If you're looking to sell, you can speed the process up by making the property more attractive to potential buyers, and if you're planning on staying for the long run, you can take pride in your home's appearance. These are common problems you should correct or avoid. 


Brown Patches in the Grass

If your lawn is in sorry shape overall, start with a quality fertilizer designed for your region, and make sure to water as required. A well-kept lawn indicates an owner with pride. Once your lawn starts to look better, you may still notice brown patches. If you can easily pull up the sod in those patches, you may be infested with grubs or other pests. Check with your local lawn care or garden supply store for a way to control them.


Cracked or Defaced Pavement

If your asphalt driveway has developed cracks, you can repair them once you clean out the debris. Kill and pull any weeds coming up through the crevices, and then blow out the debris to get good adhesion for your crack filler. Fill the cracks and smooth or level the filler as necessary. Once that's dry, be sure to seal the pavement. Asphalt pavement needs to be sealed every 2 or 3 years to keep it looking good.


Your Front Door Isn't Welcoming

The front door of your home should be a welcoming smile. There are many recommendations for brightening your front entrance, including adding a new coat of paint to the door and an updated set of hardware. However, you can really make it pop with custom glass and classic molding for elegance and refinement. Quality molding for an outdoor application can be purchased in a variety of materials. If the molding you want is available in soft wood such as pine, take the time to coat it with an exterior grade of paint to keep it looking great and weathering the elements.


You Forgot the Windows

You can add greatly to the personality of your house with upgraded windows and shutters. No matter how old your house is, you can personalize it with these additions. Before you start adding shutters, make sure that your windows are in good shape and don't need updating or replacement.


A critical factor in updating the curb appeal of your home is making the exterior as easy to maintain as possible. This will benefit you while you live there, and if you make things convenient for the new owners, you can probably speed up a sale.