Think about doorknobs for a brief moment. How many doorknobs did you touch today? How many different kinds of doorknobs did you encounter? I would be willing to bet that there are more than you ever realized.
Really! There are hundreds of styles, shapes, colors, and sizes of doorknobs. They are one of those things that most of us take for granted, but if you really sit back and think about the function of a doorknob… you may find yourself taken aback by its relevance to your everyday life.
Doorknobs, of course, are used to open doors. So, they are really an extension of the door itself. Without doors we would have no need for the knob part, right? So we can see that the invention of the doorknob has come from the idea of needing a door, a relatively flat piece of material on hinges made to partition one space from another.
Of course, some doors have no doorknob at all. For instance, those swinging doors you simply push to enter a store’s back storage room or a restaurant’s kitchen.
Doorknobs often go hand in hand with a door lock. To keep intruders out (or to keep prisoners and grounded teenagers in), you need a door – one that locks – and a way to unlock it for those privileged enough to be granted access through.
So the doorknob is really a piece of our everyday lives that we often take for granted. But let’s go back to the variety of doorknobs. Have you thought of how many different ones you’ve encountered just today? There are so many styles, some are not even worthy of being called a “knob”. The kind used to pull a door open shall not be named a knob; only those that rotate the locking mechanism inside the door jam in order to release and open the door.
So now we know the definition and function of a doorknob. If you are looking for a specific kind of doorknob for your home or business, or simply for collecting purposes, you probably already know how many variations are out there.
If you’re searching for a doorknob to fulfill your home décor needs and you happen to have a country or antique style house, you may choose a crystal doorknob. If you’re looking for something traditional but not so fancy, you may choose a dark metal doorknob.
Try to match the style of the house and the door you will be using the knob on. If you have a modern home, you may want to choose a very clean looking chrome or metallic doorknob.
If you have a typical, middle-class American home, built in the past few decades you probably have all matching interior doorknobs. Your neighbors probably have the same. You either have those brass ball knobs or the more recent brushed metal knobs that include a handle you just push down to open. (By the way, the latter are great for elderly folks, small children or people with wrist problems because they are easier to grasp than the ball style doorknobs.)
Whatever your style, the doorknob is definitely a necessity in today’s modern society. Almost every structure or building has several doorknobs, so be sure to take an extra moment to appreciate them the next time you find yourself reaching down to open a door.