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The Only Hardware Measuring Guide You’ll Need

The Only Hardware Measuring Guide You’ll Need

Are you adding new hardware to your kitchen or bathroom? If so, finding hardware you’ll love to look at is just part of the process. You also need hardware that is durable, functional, and the right size for your room. At Mission West Kitchen & Bath, we can always help you find the perfect renovation materials and products, and today we are helping by providing the best hardware measuring guide.

Measuring for a Locking Door

In order to make sure that the key in your door fits your hardware correctly, you will need to measure what’s known as the backseat. This is the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the hole for your doorknob. When you measure this, you can then ensure you find the door set that fits perfectly with your door. You should also know if a mortise-style lock or a tube latch is involved.

Today’s standard for any door that locks, whether an interior or exterior door, is a tube latch. When it comes to interior doors, their standard backset is 2 3/8 inches, but there are other options. Older doors are more likely to use mortise cases, which have large square locking mechanisms that are deeply installed in the door. This requires special drilling.

Center to Center Measuring for Cabinet Hardware

If you are updating hardware for your cabinets, then measuring will be required. When replacing knobs, consider the size and width of the knob in relation to the style and size of the cabinet to make sure they work together. If you are replacing the drawer pulls, you will need a center to center measurement, which is the distance between the center of one screw and the center of the other one.

Measuring for Drapery Hardware

You can find drapery rods that are adjustable or custom, which allows you to find the right option for any size or shape of space. You will need to measure your windows to find the width and height so that you can choose the right rod size.

To find the right drapery panel, you should measure from the floor to the height that you want the rod located at. Most people hang the rods about four to six inches above the casing of their window because this creates a look of higher ceilings.

Likewise, rods are generally installed three to six inches wider than the actual frame of the window. This allows for more light to come in, for you to completely open the drapes, and to help the window feel bigger.

If you have additional measuring needs or want to know more about the hardware solutions we offer, we welcome your call to Mission West Kitchen & Bath at (626) 799-3503.