How to choose the perfect Doorknob & Our Top 5 Picks

If there’s one essential component of a home, it’s what you use to enter and exit it. That’s right—the doorknob! It may seem like a small detail, but the right front door hardware can give you confidence and peace of mind in regards to the security of your entryway, all while looking sleek and modern. Plus, your exterior doorknob can set the style you’ll want for your interior doors and the rest of your home. But with so many options available, which ones are right for you? Here are some key things (pun intended) to consider:

Interior vs. Exterior Doorknobs


You’ll want an exterior doorknob or lock set with heavy duty security features. Consider the Kwikset® SmartKey Security™ line, which is pick resistant and allows you to re-key yourself in just seconds. Dead bolts can be part of a lock set or installed separately. With interior doorknobs, you can choose ones with a privacy lock to ensure privacy in bedrooms and baths or without for places like a hallway closet.

How to Choose a Doorknob

Consider the thickness of the door where it’s going to be installed to make sure you select a doorknob that fits. And for lock sets that include a lever or handle, you’ll also need to note if the lock will be placed on the left or right side of the door. A left-sided handle, for instance, won’t fit on a left-opening door.

Doorknob Styles: Shapes and Finishes

Once you’ve decided on the type of doorknob you need and the amount of security you require, it’s time to consider the shape and finish that will match your home’s style footprint. This is the fun part! Choose the product that speaks to your sense of design. Here are two categories to keep in mind as you search:



Best-Selling Doorknobs

Ready to see some choices up close? Here are the five most popular Kwikset options at the KB Home Design Studio.


The KB Home Design Studio has a vast selection of Kwikset doorknobs. Design Studio consultants are on hand to demonstrate different models and help you choose the perfect finishing touches for your new home.

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