Five Locking Pull Handle Designs to Consider for Your Home
If you want a locking pull handle for your door, there are a variety of styles you can choose. To narrow in on the right handle, it helps to know what's available. Here's a look at some of the choices you may encounter:
1. Lock in the Center
You can find pull handles that have the lock in the center. Basically, for the exterior of the door, there is a metal strip that attaches flush to your door, and the lock is in the centre of this strip. The pull handle is also attached to the strip, but it leans to the side so that you can easily access the lock.
The interior pull handle has roughly the same design. However, rather than the keyhole, you see a small knob. When you turn that, the door locks. This design is also referred to as a center lock pull handle.
2. Lock Above the Pull Handle
Another possible setup places the lock above the pull handle. This design can come with a range of different specifics. The lock portion can be separate from the pull handles, or they can be connected in a single piece. With the latter option, there is also a range of different ways and designs through which the two pieces can be connected.
3. Grasp Handle
Whether you have the lock in the middle of above the pull handle, you may need a grasp handle. The grasp is a small thumb plate that you push down toward the pull handle. It releases the latch on the door and makes it easier to pull open the door.
4. Lock Cover
With all of the above designs, you have an exposed lock on the exterior of the door. That lock corresponds to a deadbolt knob on the inside of the door. With that design, you can unlock the door from the outside and easily lock it from the inside.
However, if you don't like the look of the lock, you can opt for a lock cover. This is a small cover that you simply rotate out of the way when you want to unlock the door.
5. Lever Door Knob
Strictly speaking, this is not a door pull, but it can function like one. With this setup, you unlock the doorknob as usual, but instead of using a knob, you have a lever. Once you turn the lever to unlatch the lock, you can pull it as if it's a pull handle.