I love antique doorknobs. They’re fun to collect, easy to install, and (if you’re using them on your doors), the collection takes up no space and can be enjoyed every day. They come in all price ranges, from about $5 per knob to over $800 for some of the rarer ones. And while they’re not seen in every antique shop, they’re easy to find if you know where to look (hello, Preservation Station!). They’re a breeze to install, even on a modern door. And to prove it, I’m going to step you through the process.
….you are able to easily unscrew the knob. Unscrew the knob from the rod. Occasionally, the rod can rust into the knob, in which case you can use pliers to get a better grip on the rod. When removing a knob, it’s best to turn it by the brass section to avoid damaging the knob.
To adjust this rod for different doors, the rod has several holes on each end. Depending on your door thickness, you may need to adjust which hole the set screw goes into.
For modern doors, you can use this special mortise latch. It’s the same size as a regular latch, but has a square hole in it so that you can use it with antique knobs. (I’m about to buy several of these so I can take my antique knobs to our new apartment. I just can’t take modern doorknobs. Yes, I know I have issues.)
This is what the door will look like with the mortise lock in place, before you add the plates and knobs. Most interior doors have a standard distance between the knob and the keyhole (on exterior doors, they are often spaced farther apart).
Take your knob and screw it onto the rod until it rests in the furl of the plate (or, if you’re using the other type of doorknob, slide it on). Once your knob is adjusted satisfactorily, tighten the set screw.
See, wasn’t that easy? So today, the Daring Domestic challenges you to go find a cool antique doorknob set and install it in your home.