Building & Renovating

8 Hardware Essentials for Your Home

Make sure you have these basic items for quick household solutions


When it comes to building a new home, tiny pieces such as door knobs, locks, hinges, and bolts are probably the last things on our minds. However, these hardware essentials are the most crucial and should be given utmost priority, too. After all, most of them keep the parts of the house together. Familiarize yourself with these items.

All product photos are by Jeremiah Idanan.

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

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

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 different 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

Door Knobs

Door knobs are conventional hardware used to open or close a door. They are either round or spherical and operated by turning the knob which in turn, twists the latch.

Faultless Door Knob (Antique), P1,640.00, True Value

Lever Handles

Lever handles are considered more practical compared with door knobs because of its practicality and ease of use. For instance, when both your hands are full, you don’t need to struggle to twist the knob open, but instead push it with your elbow or arm. Depending on the direction of the door swing, they come in left- or right-handed versions, too.

Faultless Lever Handles, P1,630.00, True Value

Mortise Lock

A mortise lock has two major components, one is mounted into the edge of the door that contains the latch and the bolt, and the other in the doorjamb, which grips the two and secures them when locked or closed. It is commonly used for main doors and is considered to be more durable than other types of locks. It also comes with a knob or a lever handle and a lockset or deadbolt.

Faultless Mortise Lock, P4,000, True Value

Cylinder Locks

Cylinder locks are installed through the door and are quicker to install. There are two types: first, a single cylinder lock can be locked or unlocked with a key from the exterior side and can be manually operated and locked from the inside with a mechanism.

Faultless Single Cylinder Lock, P1,550.00, True Value

Door Stop

A door stop or door guard is a device used to avoid damage to the paint or the wall itself.  Wall-mounted door stops may either be a magnetic latch that attaches itself to the wall component when the door is opened, or a spring type that gently helps the door to lightly bounce back when opened.

It may also be floor-mounted, usually in the shape of a quarter moon with a rubber or silicon pad to ease the door from bumping or smashing. There are also detached versions that come in the form of a wedge or any decorative piece that can be lodged against or under the small space under the door.

*HAVA Door Stop, P120.00, True Value

*Prices are subject to change.

*Special thanks to True Value – Shangri-La Mall

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