A door handle is integral to any door and door frame, be it your home, office or any other commercial space. A well-fitted door handle not only enhances the aesthetics of your door and the room in which it leads to, but also ensures smooth functioning.

To ensure your doors open and close as they should, we’ll guide you through our step-by-step instructions on how to fit a door handle.

Step 1: Choose the Right Door Handle

The first step is to choose the proper door handle for your door. You must ensure your door’s handle is the right size and style. Many types of door handles are available in the market, including lever handles, knob handles, and pull handles. Choose the one that fits your door and door frame and your personal preference.

Step 2: Prepare the Door

Before you start fitting the door handle, you need to prepare the door. Remove the screws that hold the old door handle in place using a screwdriver. Once the screws are removed, pull the handle away from the door. If the handle is stubborn, use a flat-head screwdriver to pry it off. Then, clean the door thoroughly to ensure it’s free from dust and debris.

Step 3: Measure and Mark the Door

The next step is to measure and mark the door where you will fit the handle. Use a measuring tape to measure the height and width of the handle, and mark the positions where you will need to make holes for the screws. If you’re unsure what the appropriate position should be, standard door handles are installed around 1050mm from the ground.

Step 4: Drill Pilot Holes

First, check that the door is square. Then, using a 2mm drill bit, drill pilot holes into the door where you marked the front, back and side. Pilot holes help prevent wood boards from splitting and cracking. Make sure that the holes are straight and that they are at the correct depth. You can use a depth gauge to ensure that the holes are at the proper depth. Avoid drilling through the door, as this may cause the wood on the opposite side to split.

Step 4: Drill Into Pilot Holes

Using a larger drill bit that is the same size as the screws, drill into the pilot holes in the marked positions. Again, don’t let the drill bit go through the other side of the door because it can make the wood splinter.

Step 5: Fit the Handle

Insert the spindle of the handle through the holes that you have drilled. Ensure that the spindle is in the correct position and straight. Attach the handle to the door using the screws provided. Tighten the screws with a screwdriver, ensuring they are not too tight, as this can damage the handle.

Step 6: Fit the Latch

If your handle comes with a latch, fit it into the door. Insert the latch into the hole that you have drilled for it. Make sure that the latch is in the correct position and that it is level. Attach the latch to the door using the screws provided.

Step 7: Test the Handle

Once you have fitted the handle and latch, you must test the handle to ensure it works properly. Turn the handle to ensure it operates smoothly, and the latch engages and disengages properly. If there are any issues, you may need to adjust the position of the handle or the latch.

Step 8: Attach the Strike Plate

If your door handle has a strike plate, attach it to the door frame. Position the strike plate on the frame and mark the positions where you need to drill holes for the screws. Drill the holes and attach the strike plate to the frame using the screws provided.

Step 9: Test the Door

Test the door to ensure that it closes and locks correctly. If the latch does not engage or the door does not close properly, you may need to adjust the position of the strike plate or the latch.

Things To Keep in Mind

  • Consider the style of the door and door frame; choose a handle that complements it
  • Measure the door and mark the centre point before installing the handle
  • Prepare the door by removing the old handle and sanding and cleaning the surface
  • Choose the correct type of latch and mark the position before drilling the hole and chiselling the mortice
  • Position the handle correctly and attach the spindle and rose
  • Test the handle for smooth operation and adjust as necessary
  • Regularly clean and maintain the handle by tightening screws and lubricating the mechanism

Installing a Door Handle

Installing a door handle for your door and door frame is a simple task you can complete with just a few tools. With these comprehensive instructions, you should have no problem installing a new door handle in your home. Remember to take your time and follow each step carefully to ensure a successful installation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need any special tools to fit a door handle?

A: You will need a drill, chisel, screwdriver, and measuring tape. Some handles may also require additional tools, so check the manufacturer’s instructions. Here’s a list of essential builders tools.

Q: Can I replace a door handle without removing the door?

A: Yes, you can replace a door handle without removing the door, but it may be more complex and time-consuming.

Q: How do I know if I need to replace my door handle?

A: Signs that your door handle needs replacing include difficulty turning the handle, a loose or wobbly handle, or visible signs of wear and tear.