Graphical Construction Glossary >> Doors. >> Door Hardware >> Door Hardware
This page is a brief introduction to the range of objects and their functions that come under the general classification of Door Furniture.
Given that we have a door and an opening to put it in then we have to have some method of opening and closing it. This function is taken care of either by hinges or some sliding mechanism.
Given that the door is now swinging or sliding then we need something to open and close it with. We need something to hold it in position during normal use and we need something to secure it. The photo at the right shows a combination of handle, lock and latch.
Another method of securing a door is by means of bolts. They range from very small to quite large ironmongery items. Normally bolts are fixed to the inside face of a door, top and bottom. They can only be opened from one side.
As with most door furniture categories there are many different types of door closers. They nearly all use some variation of a spring mechanism. The one shown here is a common one that has it's internal spring attached to a piston set inside an oil cylinder. This gives a smooth, two stage operation.
Here is a list of other door furniture items that can be used in certain circumstances. The ones that are formatted as links lead to more detailed pages.Panic Exit Bars
Panic Exit Devices
Strike Plates, Strikes, Strike boxes, Strike Sheilds
Push and Pull Plates,
Door Pulls (sliding doors),
Security Viewer (peephole),
Door Chain, Security Chain
Robe Hooks, Hat and Coat Hooks,
Door Bumper, Bumper and Hook,
Signage, Braille Signage.
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