5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Front Door Hardware

Choosing entry door hardware doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can be overwhelming. Ask yourself these 5 simple questions to help you decide.

  1. Which style am I most drawn to?
  2. Is function or fashion the priority?
  3. What functions am I looking for?
  4. Which finish compliments my home?
  5. What is my budget?
Transitional style entry door hardware from our BMA Architectural Hardware install gallery.

Why does entry door hardware matter?

In addition to curb appeal and keeping your home secure, the main entry door sets the tone for the rest of your home. It welcomes family and friends, helping shape their first impression and is their first point of contact as they make their way inside. Ideally, your hardware will compliment the door style and size as well as the overall home design.

1. Which style am I most drawn to?

If your home is designed with a distinct style such as modern or traditional architecture, you’ll likely stay in the same aesthetic. If your home design is eclectic, you’ll have more options when it comes to choosing your entry door hardware. Statement or custom hardware is a meaningful way to wow guests and express your creative side at the threshold of your home.

2. Is function or fashion the priority?

Your options for entry door hardware may start to narrow depending on your door type, thickness, and handing. If you prioritize fashion over function, you might consider custom hardware so you can add in the functions you need with your hardware expert. For most clients, we recommend making function the priority, then choose from the styles available.

3. What functions am I looking for?

First, identify the functions you would like in your entry hardware first such as a knob, lever, or handle, and a deadbolt or electronic lock. You will also need to identify the handing of your entry door, either right, left, or it may be reversible. Read through our blog, How to Identify Door Handing, to help you determine this function.


4. Which finish compliments my home?

There is no rule in the design world that says you have to match all of your exterior finishes. It is all a matter of style and preference. With your entry door, you have the best chance of pulling off a mixed metal finish to make a statement. If the majority of your finishes are cool, go with a warm tone at the door. For example, polished brass and chrome or polished copper and brushed nickel both contrast warm and cool tones nicely. Mix no more than two to three finishes in any single space.

5. What is my budget?

With any home improvement project, it is important to know your budget. Entry door hardware can range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on your style and priorities. Here are a few factors that may affect cost:

  • Material
  • Style
  • Finish
  • Size
  • Installation

Ready to Shop Entry Door Hardware?

Shop our curated selection of entry door hardware (here). Can’t find what you’re looking for? Our hardware experts are here to help, get in contact with BMA Architectural Hardware (here).

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