Home Improvement

Building 101: Hardware Essentials (Part 1)

When it comes to hardware, it’s not only a question of what looks good, but what is functional, practical and durable


Door knobs, locks, hinges and bolts are probably the last thing on our minds when selecting for an interior design project. However, these interior hardware are probably the most crucial of all and must be given the topmost consideration given that they provide security, access and privacy. Given the different options available today, how do we know what to choose without it looking too standard nor too showy?

A tip - go for a polished look at all times. Make sure that all visible hardware must have the same finish (brass, stainless, antique, etc.) and of course depending on the design style, you may opt for the standard or a more decorative model to give it more personality and authenticity especially for themed rooms.

Take note of these basic hardware pieces.

Photographed by Jeremiah Idanan.

Butt Hinge

It is a standard hinge consisting of two parts that meet at the center or at the “butt." Butt hinges are used to secure the door leaf to the door jamb. They come in a variety of sizes, finishes and thickness so it is important to check the size, weight, location and the material of the door before you make a purchase.

Foundation Builder’s Hardware Butt Hinge, P170.00, True Value

Piano Hinge

A piano hinge or continuous hinge, is a long, narrow hinge mounted with several screws across its length. It comes in different sizes and is ideal for secretaires, slant-top desks, chests or cabinet doors that require continuous support when operated because of the lightness or thinness of the material.

Home Aid Piano Hinge, P280.00, True Value

Double Acting Hinge

A double acting hinge is used for doors that swing in both directions, commonly known as swing doors.

Home Aid Double Acting Hinge, P89.00, True Value

*Special thanks to True Value – Shangri-La Mall

Watch out for the next part of our Hardware Essentials story tomorrow!


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