Choosing your door hardware

Select the right hardware for your door

Step 1.

Decide what function you require for your door

Ask yourself the following questions:
Is the door hardware for a front or rear door that needs to be locked and unlocked with the use of a key?
This is often referred to as an entrance set and typically comes in either
single or double cylinder options.
Is the door hardware required for a room that you would like to be able to lock, such as a bathroom or study?
This functionality is referred to as 
Is the door hardware for a door that has no locking function, such as a laundry or bedroom?
This is known as passage.
Finally we have the dummy function available – non-operational door hardware that is used on wardrobes and cupboards.

Step 2.

Decide what style of door hardware best suits your home

There are many styles of door hardware choices available ranging from knobs to levers to pull handles to electronic access.
If you like modern designs, look for simple and clean lines. Or for the more classic designs, ornate door hardware may be preferred.
Depending on the style of your home, some prefer door knobs, while others like door levers.  Levers can be chosen as sometimes these are easier to open for people with disabilities, elderly and children.
After you have chosen the style, finish becomes an important decision. Satin Chrome, Bright Chrome, Stainless Steel or Polished Stainless Steel are popular in the Australian market, but again, depending on the style of your home, you may consider Bright Gold as an option.  Finishes are normally chosen based on the other finishes throughout your home and can be used to create the finishing touch.
For a range of style examples and the door hardware to match, visit our styles page

Step 3.

Consider the environment

If you live near the ocean, then your door hardware has to be able to withstand the elements. Look for premium materials like stainless steel that are salt resistant and will stand up to the test of time. No matter where you are located, your door hardware needs to be long lasting and remain operable for as long as you need it to.

Handing Information

Always standing on the outside of the door

1/ If the hinges are on the Left Hand Side, you will need to order a Right Hand Dummy Set.

2/ If the hinges are on the Right Hand Side, you will need to order a Left Hand Dummy Set.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Knobs, Levers, Roses and Backplates

Gainsborough suggests cleaning knobs, levers, roses and backplates every 2 months with a soft, damp cloth and a solution of soap and water to remove dirt or grime.

However this should not be used on cylinders and you should ensure liquid does not enter cylinder at any time.

When cleaning, avoid using acidic or abrasive substances which may contain solvents, i.e. cleaning products, as such substances may cause a deterioration of the finish.

Caring for Stainless Steel

Depending on the environment where the product is used, blemishes can appear on stainless steel products. To help prevent this occurring, Gainsborough suggests cleaning your stainless steel products once a month.

Blemishes on satin stainless steel may be removed by rubbing with a suitable stainless cleaner/polish such as Eagle One Never Dull wadding polish.

Ensure rubbing occurs in the same direction as to the grain itself.

Lubrication of Locks and Cylinders


Gainsborough products are manufactured using a quality lubricant for smooth operation.

If the product has been installed in a region subject to extreme climate or subject to a dusty environment, then such conditions may effect the original lubricant and therefore the product may require re-lubrication.

In this case, the working mechanism may be cleaned with a non-corrosive substance and then re-lubricated with a quality silicone or teflon based lubricant.

Do not use lubricant in cylinder (oil or aerosol type).


When your key becomes “sticky” in the cylinder, you may sprinkle a small amount of graphite onto the key and then insert the key inside the cylinder.

Do not use lubricant in cylinder (oil or aerosol type).