Choosing your Ironmongery
Ironmongery is a neccessity and something that you will use every day. It may seem like a small final detail, but the correct choice of door, window or kitchen furniture can totally transform the interior look, feel and function of any property. When choosing your ironmongery there are three important things to consider; functionality, style and finish.
It's important to think about these three factors simultaneously as they all affect one another. For example, the finish choice is often determined by the product type and vice versa. If you are choosing ironmongery for a complete renovation or newbuild then it is vital to consider the functionality, style and finish at an early stage in order to achieve consistency throughout a project.
Step 1 - Determine your Window Type
Before deciding on the finish or style of window furniture, first you must determine the type of window you have and therefore the right choice of ironmongery needed for that window type.
Traditional Casement Windows
If you have casement windows a more traditional fasterner would be used. Window fasteners are suitable for use on traditional timber windows that don't have an internal locking mechanism. Most fasteners are kept in place with a mortice plate that is recessed into the window frame and partnered with matching window stays of which both can be used to lock the window.View Products
Multipoint Locking Windows
Multipoint locking systems are usually fitted in UPVC or modern timber and aluminium windows for added security. This locking system requires an espagnolette handle as the spindle drives the multipoint lock which usually secures at three points within the frame. All of our espag handles will fit modern locking systems available from all the leading window manufacturers.View Products
Sash windows are often found in Georgian or Victorian homes and are made of one or more movable panels, or 'sashes'. The Glazed panels are opened by sliding vertically and are usually held in place with counter balance weights hidden in the frame and worked with sash pulleys and cord. Sashes can be slide by using sash lifts and pulls and can also be locked in an open position by sash stops or in a closed position with locking fasteners. We have a range of sash furniture in matching finishes to compliment the other furniture in our collection.View Products
Step 2 - Determine your Door Type
First consider your entrance doors and what locking systems are required. A lever lock handle used with a sash lock is a traditional option, commonly used on timber doors. An espagnollete door handle with a longer backplate is designed to work with a multipoint locking system. A multipoint would lock at either 3 or 5 points without your door making this a secure option. Secondly, consider your interior doors. Are they ledge and braced or a thicker panelled door?
Internal Panel Door
Typically, panelled doors are hung to the frame with butt hinges and can be fitted with a mortice knob set, a rim lock & knob set or one of the many varieties of lever handles available. You would also need to consider the purpose of the door and whether it needs to be lockable. Your choices include a mortice latch (non-locking), sash lock (for doors that need locking) or a turn and release which are most commonly used on bathroom doors.View Products
Internal Ledge & Braced Door
A ledge and brace door is a very traditional option and gives a more rustic appearance usually fitted in a barn conversions and timber framed properties. It is a plank door and much thinner than solid/panel doors and therefore requires T hinges to be fitted to the surface of the door rather than the thin plank edge. As the door is so thin you are unable to fit the usual latches and locks that work with lever handles and must use the traditional Thumblatches or other surface mounted ironmongery like rim locks and knob sets.View Products
An entrance way says so much about a property and with so many options available it can get a little confusing. Most external doors will need to be lockable, especially front and back doors so determining what type of locking system you will be using gives you an idea of what ironmongery will be needed. A sash lock will provide excellent security and will give you versatility to allow you to choose from a large range of lever lock handles or door knob sets. These locks are typically used on solid timber doors as the lock needs to be morticed into it. For more modern applications a multipoint locking system will be fitted and the range of espagnolette lever handles must be used so that the lever can be lifted to operate the lock. This system is typically used on the range of timber effect thermally efficient doors that are on todays market. There are also other customisable options available with the use of center door knobs, cylinder pull handles, door knockers and letterplate options to make your door more personal.View Products
Step 3 - Choose your Kitchen Fittings & Accessories
Within our cabinet range we offer many products that can be suited to both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Often a more traditional kitchen is fitted with revealed hinges and cupboard knobs, whereas more contemporary kitchens are suited to cup pulls and bar handles. Lastly, don’t forget about our large range of accessories. We offer Lighting, Curtain Pole Furniture, Door Stops, Shelf Brackets, Coat Hooks and much more. These useful products create continuity throughout and provide the all-important finishing touches.View Products