Facts About Door Hinges

Everywhere you see a door, you will find a hinge. It’s basic concept has been borrowed from the joints found in the knees and elbows of the body. The hinge is a kind of bearing typically connecting the two panels of a door, so as to allow a limited angle of rotation allowing for opening and closing of the door.

Hinges were found in Europe, Asia and Africa in ancient times. Metal was a rarely found commodity and signified status. In ancient times they served more as status value and hence were large and chunky, mostly made of bronze. They were found on gates protecting scared structures and other places of state importance. The larger the hinge, it showed the king to be wealthier and more powerful. They have since evolved into smaller and more delicate forms.

It is an intrinsic part of a door. They are now found in different materials, sizes and rigidity of rotating angles. A typical door ordinarily has three placed at equal distances from each other. They are also placed on windows.

They are classified on the basis of their purpose. Here are a few types -

The butt hinge is the most commonly found household hinge and fits into all cabinets and doors. They are generally very sturdy. It is also the easiest hinge to be replaced by a single person without the help of any technician. However it is important to make sure the existing hinge and the new hinge are of the exact same measure and type.

Flush hinges are found on cupboards and are lightweight. They are otherwise exactly like the butt hinge. The continuous hinge is called the piano hinge because it was first used to secure the lid of pianos. It is used now on objects that require extended support. The concealed hinge is used in cupboards where the hinges are not wanted to be visible.

Pivot hinges are used in gates. The pivot ones spin form the top and bottom of the door. They are generally large and chunky and are ideal for heavier exterior doors.

They differ from one another in their configuration as well. They are found in the plain or standard type, the reverse assembly, the swaging, the one leaf half swag, the one leaf full swag type, multi leaf, unequal leaf, multi barrel and the foaming hinge. Multi barrel hinges are made to order due to the variations in barrels and leaves available.

They can be purchased in plastic, aluminium, stainless steel or brass. The hinges can be painted to compliment the décor and add to the beauty. They can be found in pretty shapes and custom made to order as and when desired. Hinges can be selected out of catalogues or found in hardware stores in all major markets.

The Pulse of Technology – Keeping Pace With Continuous Change – November, 1998

Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel Corporation first postulated the now-famous Moore’s law in the nineteen seventies. Moore’s law states that the processing or computational power of silicon chips will double every twenty-four months, while pricing for these chips will halve in the same time period. This law has remained relatively constant for over twenty years. We are now approaching a time when this seemingly immutable law is becoming outdated. In fact, new silicon chips are doubling in power; with new chips coming online within twelve to eighteen months, while pricing is being halved in even less time. What has happened to the underlying technology that drives these silicon chips, and what are the market forces that have dictated rapidly declining prices?

There are several factors that lead to the inexorable increase in processing power, just as these same factors exert a downward pressure on prices. Let’s look at several of these factors in the context of hardware developments, software developments and the rise of the Internet as the ubiquitous network that many people predicted as being necessary to make computers universally acceptable in daily life.
Hardware Development.

When Intel was founded by ex-Fairchild developers, the mid-range computer, as personified by the DEC PDP series, Data General machines, IBM 32/34 series and the first HP boxes was the emerging standard in the computer industry. Machines of this time period were often viewed as departmental machines that were required to perform quick, hands-on computing applications that were free from the centralized (i.e., mainframe computing environment) I.T. staffs of the time.

The idea of a small, nimble machine that could be programmed and developed by local departments was extremely appealing at the time. Because of the diversity of manufacturers and proprietary operating systems, standards were largely undeveloped, causing competing platforms to jockey for position. Migration from one machine to another was largely unheard-of due to the high costs of switching data and applications programs; not to mention the high training costs required for I.T. staff.

The acceptance of UNIX as an open standard marks a watershed in the history of computing. For the first time, applications programs could be developed that were cross-platform – that is, capable of running on alternate hardware platforms. This newfound freedom allowed software programmers to write a single application that could be run on multiple machines. The importance to hardware developers was simple – they could spend more time on the refinement of the underlying silicon, and less time developing proprietary hardware systems. It is this process of refinement that has marked the decrease in cost of silicon that we know today.

The advent of the personal computer in the late nineteen-seventies and early nineteen-eighties marked another watershed in the development of hardware. Where mid-range computers allowed entire departments to break free of the constraints of mainframe computing, the advent of the PC brought computing to the thousands of business users who wanted the ability to perform analysis and data gathering at their convenience, not that of the I.T. department. For the first time, individuals could analyze, store and retrieve large amounts of data without having to master a computer language, and they could perform these tasks at their own pace. This device literally transformed the business world, making computations possible to everyday users that were once performed by large mainframe computers. This break-through spirit was best embodied by Apple computer, and symbolized in its “big brother” campaign in 1984. Aside from its edgy attitude, Apple also pioneered consumer usage of the floppy drive, mouse, and graphical user interface that made computing more accessible to everyday users. The ergonomics of computer use drove hardware device design and manufacture in a way previously unknown. Heretofore, ergonomics were largely ignored in computer design and manufacture; Apple changed all that with the introduction of the Macintosh line of PCs.

For all its innovation and edge, Apple made a mistake similar to that made by competing mid-range computers in the mid-seventies – it’s OS (operating system) and architecture was proprietary. Fearing that licensing would erode its technological leadership, Apple kept its systems and hardware proprietary and opened the door for a technically inferior product to gain a foothold that it has not yet relinquished.

In 1981, IBM introduced the first IBM PC. This device was, by most standards, technically inferior to the Apple. It possessed a slower processor, was bulky, and used a text-based approach to computing. Yet, despite these shortcomings, it and its brethren, the so-called IBM compatible machines, have dwarfed the Apple offerings over the past two decades. Why? Unlike Apple, the IBM compatible machines were based on an open architecture. The specifications for these machines were designed so that third-party vendors could develop hardware and software for them. In a sense, the best ideas from the best manufacturers get adopted and become the de-facto standard for that particular piece of hardware.

The final piece of the hardware development puzzle was to emerge in 1985 or 1986 in a somewhat unheralded manner. This final puzzle piece was the adoption of PC networking. Initial reactions to the development of the PC network concept were for the most part, negative. Individual users feared that networked computers would once again lead to I.T. control of what were, up till now, personal computers. Once PCs were networked, control would again be wrested from users back to the large mainframe computing departments of the sixties and seventies.

As it turns out, the PC network actually allowed individual users to communicate effectively, once the infrastructure was in place to allow for wired offices. Instead of wresting control away from users, the PC network allowed sharing and collaboration at previously unheard of levels. A new concept developed as a result of the PC network, known as the “network effect.” The concept of the “network effect” is that the more people share information in a group, the more powerful the group becomes. Users gain more utility as more people, data and ideas are shared. If you are left out of the network, your productivity and connectivity suffer. It is now important to become connected, and users face the prospect of being stranded if they are not part of the larger network. The concept of the “network effect” is similar to the development of large public libraries or databases that become more useful, as more information is stored there.

To summarize, several trends can be seen in hardware development that drives the pace of change in silicon. First, the trend away from mainframe systems to mid-range systems supporting open standards. Next, the development of personal computers that encourage users to take control of data manipulation, storage and retrieval. The next trend is the development of an open architecture and OS that allows standards to be set based on the merits of the product, not a proprietary system. Finally, the development of a networked office where the power of the network is enhanced as more users are added.

These trends will continue, and likely accelerate, as users demand more functionality in a smaller and smaller foot print. The acceptance of PDAs (personal digital assistants), cell phones and pagers will fuel consumer demand for devices that are easier to use and always connected. The convergence of data and voice transmission over the same carrier network will lead to increasing features and lower price points for machines that offer multiple uses – telephone, pager, PC, Internet access – at the same time.

Software Development
Early software languages were developed to instruct computers in binary code. These assembler languages were very basic in function and instructed computers to perform what we would now consider routine run-time and maintenance tasks. Tedious to write and compile, these early languages had none of the programmer conveniences that we take for granted today, such as debugging and writing tools to help make the programmers’ job easier. These languages have become known as first generation computing languages.

As engineers struggled to make the interaction between computer and user more intuitive, a new series of languages were developed such as Fortran and Cobol, the first of which was designed to be primarily a scientific programming language, while the second was designed to be a business programming language. These languages added editing and debugging features and were written in something resembling English-language commands.

The development of Cobol coincided with the widespread commercial use of mainframe and later, of mid-range computers. Other languages such as PL1 and RPGII were also adopted by mid-range computers and could arguably be called the first examples of third generation computing languages. These newer languages incorporated more English-like commands and syntax in the language structure, and incorporated new debugging and editing features directly into the language. As the basic language structure evolved, so too did the applications programs that were being developed. Early in the development of computer languages, a schism formed between that class of software that performed routine maintenance and run-time chores, which came to be known as the operating system (or OS) and a second class of software that performed specific tasks such as running a payroll or updating inventory, that became known as application software.

The widespread use and adoption of second and third generation programming languages corresponded with the growing use of mid-range computer systems. So too, the proliferation of application programs led to a growing acceptance of these departmental computer systems. In fact, the use of departmental computers was tied to the efficiently designed and executed single-purpose programs – such as inventory control or payroll processing, that were often performed in a self-contained business unit.

As computer hardware development evolved from mainframe to mid-range systems, the need for a computing system that allowed multiple users to access the machines and perform independent tasks, increased greatly. A group of Bell Lab scientists created such a language in the late nineteen-sixties, which allowed multiple users and which performed multiple tasks at the same time. This language, known as UNIX, seemed ideally suited to this new computing environment and caught on quickly. The combination of departmental computers and the UNIX language led to the development of distributed computing.

The advent of the personal computer accelerated the trends that were beginning to emerge in the distributed computing model. This model allowed computing power to be located in the hands of those people who required immediate use and manipulation of stored data, while at the same time providing network connectivity.

The original PC operating system, or DOS (disk operating system), was hardly the blueprint for distributed processing. The introduction of the IBM PC in the early eighties married an under-powered processor, memory configuration and hard disk drive (when available) to an anemic OS. Yet, this original machine would morph in rapid succession to a robust group of machines with network capabilities.

The catalyst for this change came in the form of early network cards that allowed PC users to connect to midrange machines or other PCs. These early adopters were driven primarily by a desire to share files or hardware devices (such as printers or larger hard drives) among work groups. Within a short period of time a specialized version of OS was developed to handle these chores more efficiently, with Novell being the most recognized provider of network operating systems. As the capabilities of these network operating systems expanded, new hardware devices were developed to take advantage of the specialized nature of network computing. In short order file servers, print servers and application servers (PCs developed to host application programs in one location) became commonplace.

At about the same time as the development of the network-computing model, a sea change occurred in the way users interacted with their machines. Until now, most application programs were relatively unchanged from their mainframe and midrange counterparts. These programs were for the most part, text-based, with some graphical elements thrown together in a jumbled, clumsy way. Once again Apple led the change in the form of the Macintosh graphical interface that was intuitive to use. Instead of invoking arcane command-line instructions, users could point and click at an object on the screen and launch a file, program or document with ease. The basis for the Apple graphical user interface, along with the point and click device (mouse) was conceived, but not commercialized, in the Xerox PARC facility in Palo Alto in the sixties. Microsoft developed its own version of the graphical user interface with their Windows “operating environment.” The first two version of this environment literally ran on top of its famous DOS system in a somewhat ungainly manner. Microsoft finally got the user interface right in Windows 3.0. In similar fashion, Microsoft incorporated many of the benefits of the network operating system into Windows version 3.11, and later improved both the operating system and network features with Windows 95.

The stage was now set for the next “big thing” in computing. Once again, this next wave had its origins in the nineteen-sixties, only to appear as a full-blown implementation n the nineteen-nineties.

The Rise of the Internet
The Internet was conceived of in the nineteen sixties as a way to link the computing resources of several west-coast universities together. At the time, computational power was expensive, and shared resources were a way to defray the costs of deploying large systems. At the same time, the U.S. government realized that if it could build a similar networked structure, it would be difficult to totally disrupt computer operations and data in the event of a national disaster. Over the next two decades, more universities and governmental agencies were added to this patchwork quilt of networked machines.

In order to link disparate machines running on different operating systems, a common file transfer procedure would be required. The FTP (file transfer protocol) schema was developed for this purpose, allowing different machines to communicate effectively. Similarly, a method of routing these files and messages across different locations was also required. Out of this requirement came the development of TCP/IP protocols that determine how a file is routed through the system. These two developments supplied the backbone that was to become the Internet.

Throughout the eighties, the Internet remained the domain of people in the scientific and academic communities. Visionaries imagined that this network could be used to connect people easily across great distances and multiple computing platforms. This vision awaited the development of some sort of a device that allowed files to be easily viewed across multiple platforms. A group of computer scientists at the University of Illinois came up with the idea of a web browser, a program that allowed people to view files in a graphical manner. The first web browser, known as Mosaic, was launched in 1992. The development of this browser allowed people to easily locate and view files on the Internet, and led to the phenomenon known as the WWW (world-wide-web).

Essentially, the development of the WWW has allowed users to find files and communicate in a worldwide network. The use of the web has transformed an arcane file messaging system into a new media; one that is growing faster than any other media in history. The growth of the web is based on several of the trends noted earlier.

The open nature of the web allows contributions from multiple sources and computing platforms.

Contributions are not limited to programming professionals. People with very little computer training can contribute files, articles, and information on the web.
1. The web is suited to the dynamic nature of business and personal life. It no longer requires weeks, months, or even years to develop applications – these tasks can now be performed easily and in a short period of time.

2. As more people become accustomed to the web, and as adoption rates drop, PC purchases increase, causing further downward pressure on hardware prices. The costs of hardware and web access have been declining by 15% to 20% per year for the past several years.

3. The web is the ultimate “network effect.” The more people participate, the more information is available, and the more critical it becomes to be included in the network.

4. The web has developed a new concept of speed. Internet time is a recently coined term for rapid development times that are roughly 7 times faster than “real” time. This notion of speed has spilled over into Internet business life, where all aspects of running an Internet business – sales, procurement, deal making, occur at warp-speed rates.

5. The economics of web space seem to defy business logic and gravity. People have developed a notion, rightly or wrongly, that information and services provided on the web are free. This has led to web companies developing unusual approaches to raising revenue in this new media. At the same time, the stock prices of web-based companies have achieved phenomenal valuations, seemingly unsupported by the need to have revenues or make earnings. This seeming dichotomy between lack of tangible earnings and high stock valuations will continue for awhile. The space for positioning on the web is one of a market share grab in what could become the largest media invented to date. In addition to sheer size, the web promises the Holy Grail of media – the ability to interact directly with a consumer to influence purchasing behavior.

6. The notion of competitive advantage, the idea that a company can gain a foothold over competitors through focus on a series of core values or competencies, such as Wal*Mart has built with logistics and deployment, or GE with developing management talent, is being dismantled by the web. The web is the ultimate leveling force. A site can be developed and released on the web, and in a matter of a few months, can spawn dozens of competitors many with improved features or benefits. In such an environment, the notion of sustainable competitive advantage has no real meaning, unless managed in weeks or months, not years or decades.

A Vision of the Future

Given the developments that occurred in computing during the past thirty years, how will we be affected by technology in the future? What are the trends that will affect us in the next several years, and how can we prepare for what many believe is a tumultuous, if exciting future?
The most important trend we face is the pace of change that will be occurring in hardware, software and bandwidth on the Internet. Eighteen-month development cycles are a thing of the past. Hardware and software manufacturers and developers are now operating on six to nine month development cycles. This cycle is from concept formation through to manufacture and distribution. The rise of the web has accelerated development times, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. To adapt to this trend, developers and manufacturers will have to plan for multiple critical paths and have the ability to react quickly to changes in business trends as they are planning, developing and implementing projects. People currently have the ability to plan in this manner on an intellectual level; in many industries this has been the accepted norm for the past few decades. On an emotional level, the cost of large-scale disruption, change and constant redeployment can and will be unsettling.

The second trend that will come to dominate our lives is the constant downward pressure on hardware and software prices coupled with the ever increasing demand for hardware and software to work easily. Again, there is a seeming contradiction between lower price and ease of use. As computer hardware and software become more mainstream, the need for simplicity and power will dominate every other consideration. Despite dire predictions that the end of the PC era is near, nothing could be further from the truth. PCs will remain with us for a long time to come. But their usage patterns will change. They will become file repositories, akin to vast research libraries. Users will gravitate toward more specialty devices to communicate (combination phones, electronic address books, web skimmers, message boards); process information (voice activated pads, storage devices, intelligent dictation systems); and be entertained (3D game players, downloadable video and music players, web-enabled real-time games connected to anywhere in the world, personalized concerts viewed from wearable stereo receivers).

The third trend that will come to dominate our thinking and beliefs in technology is the notion of ownership of intellectual property. When Netscape made the unique and courageous decision to give away its commercial browser technology – it essentially validated the concept of open computing – but it also set the notion of intellectual property rights on its ear. The foundation of intellectual property rights – that an author or inventor owned the writing or invention – has been the cornerstone of trademark and patent protection for the last 400 years. To give away this right – to make intellectual property free to be distributed modified and shared – is a sea change in the way we view human capital. If knowledge is power, the free distribution of knowledge will enable a new level of empowerment and use of human talent. Make no mistake, we will struggle mightily with how to value, reward and allocate resources to the developers and users of knowledge. Throughout history, this tension – struggle is you will – has led to heightened levels of creativity and knowledge.

The fourth trend is more disturbing in its implications. There have always been classes in human social structures. These classes have developed along economic lines with variations on the methods used to acquire greater economic resources (knowledge, brute power, ruthlessness, etc.). Over the next several decades we have the potential to develop a new social class, one that distinguishes between the connected and not connected. As the “network effect” of the Internet expands, those who are not connected stand to lose out on many of the benefits of the connected. Training, education, development, entertainment will all be provided by the Internet. For those not connected, the lost opportunities will be tremendous. We must ensure that this class distinction does not in fact occur, and that everyone shares the “network” effect equally.

The fifth trend that will occur is the death of market economies, as we know them. Market economies were developed to efficiently bring together groups of willing buyers and sellers in sufficient numbers to conduct business transactions easily. Over time, the emphasis on a single “market” shifted to that of specialized markets based on transactional need. As examples, consumer goods markets developed for retail selling; money markets evolved into banking and financial institutions; specialized financial institutions, such as stock and future markets developed, and over time, business-to-¬business markets have evolved. All of these markets, of whatever form, have developed around centralized physical locations. With the rise of the Internet, markets no longer require physical presence. Witness the success of Ecommerce; auction sites, computer and software purchases. Over the web, etc. This trend was actually postulated by Faith Popcorn several years ago when she noticed a trend toward “cocooning.” She theorized that people wanted more privacy and less social interaction, or at least social interaction when they chose. The Internet allows people to cocoon, while at the same time interacting when and how they choose.

The final trend that will affect our lives will be the commercial expansion of the Internet. The web has touched our lives in many ways, and is literally growing-up before our eyes. How will we resolve Internet privacy issues? How will companies make money on the web? Are Internet stock valuations realistic, and sustainable? What information should be free, and what information should be paid for? How will we compensate people for their intellectual capital, if that capital is freely given away? What role should government play in determining Internet policy? How should Internet sales be taxed, and how do tax laws that are based on the notion of Nexus (the physical location of a place of agency) apply to an essentially location-less entity? These rhetorical questions are being asked by countless industry, think-tank, and governmental institutions on a daily basis, and over time, they will be resolved.

In Shakespeare’s Tempest, Miranda upon viewing Caliban and Ariel for the first time declares to her father and other members of their landing party “0 brave new world that hath such people in’t.” Shakespeare was profoundly aware of the effect that the discovery of the New World had upon his audience. It was a time of intense excitement – “0 brave new world,” but it was an excitement mixed with fear and uncertainty “that hath such people in’t.” The landing party in the Tempest was driven aground by a violent storm – the storm is a symbol of the change that was sweeping through Europe in the 1500′s. The Tempest is Shakespeare’s attempt to explain the forces that were at work in creating a New World – the forces of discovery, uncertainty, doubt and ultimately hope in creating a better world.

We are poised on the brink of a New World. For the first time in several hundred years, we have the ability to make major changes in the way we view the world, human capital and the sharing of knowledge. Oh brave New World that hath such people in’t.

Peter J. Ponzio
Vice President Technology Development for Day-Timers, Inc.
Day-Timers, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of planning and time management products, and developer of the award winning Day-Timer Organizer PIM (personal information manager) Day-Timer Address Book, HomeLife and Day-Timer Digital, the premier online calendaring service. Mr. Ponzio is responsible for Day-Timer Technologies, web development efforts, Corporate I.T. and Day-Timer Digital. Mr. Ponzio is a CPA and has served as Vice President of Finance at Day-Timers, Inc., and Director of Financial Analysis at ACCO World Corporation, the parent company of Day-Timers Inc.

Author Biography

Peter Ponzio, the author of Children of the Night, is a CPA with over 30 years experience in Corporate Finance, holding positions as divergent as Treasurer, VP of Sales Administration, Vice President of IT, and General Manager of an internet start-up company in the late 1990s, and CFO at a subsidiary of a Fortune 100 company.

Different Types of Arched Doors

Arched doors may not be for everyone, but for those who do enjoy them and those considering an arched door, they are an amazing way to give your house a unique look. Arched doors have a very long history that stretches back to before North America was even discovered. This is evidenced by images of old structures as well as the names themselves. Descriptions such as Tudor arch, Gothic arch, and Cathedral arch styles will most certainly bring to mind old Europe, medieval England, and much of the past.

These doors also have different degrees that you can look into. How arched do you want your door? Some can reach rather far, whereas others will simply have a soft curve at the top. This soft curve is the most popular, in some cases due to the lesser amount of work needed to adjust your current door frame if need be. Most door frames in homes aren’t made to fit arched doors. They use the traditional rectangular form since this is what the majority of people use. Switching to a steeply arched door can mean some work on your part to ensure that the door will fit properly. A softer arch will be easier to work with.

This type of door can also feature a significant amount of glass or different panels if you like. This can really make for a gorgeous door that people will comment on again and again. Even better, arched doors can be crafted for just about any style of door. No matter if it is a panel door, plank, or glass door. There are also other arch styles that you may be interested in as well, such as true arch, flat arch, and elliptical arch.

If you aren’t sure what kind of arch style you should look into, or what it might look like in your home, feel free to talk to the manufacturer of the door. They can show you what each style will look like as well as any variations you include in it, such as the number of glass lites (panels), the different wooden panels, and more. Just like any other door, arched doors are customizable so you can choose what type of wood you want the door to be made of, what kind of hardware should be included, and what type of glass design (if any) you want for the door. The manufacturer can also suggest ideas if you are at a loss due to the amazing amount of choices.

Barn Door Hardware – Spreading Style to Everyone

The east coast is known for their stylish European designs. The west coast is known for their lavish, palm tree laden style. And yet both parts of the country are catching the new interior design “bug” known as barn door hardware. This article doesn’t offer explanations for such trends, but rather a review and observations.

When one thinks of the New England states, many images may come to mind. They may think of dense forests with beautiful green foliage. Perhaps they imagine sea ports, fishing docks, delicious seafood, and of course the widely known Maine lobster. Or maybe they think of bustling cities such as New York, Washington DC, or Boston, rich with culture and full of American history. Their architectural design is a unique blend of old-world Victorian styling and forward seeking fashions. They combine America’s history, Europe’s current fashion trends, and tomorrow’s modern styles.

Jump across country now to the west coast. Perhaps upon first thought of the west coast, one might envision a typical California scene: palm trees lining neatly trimmed sidewalks, light colored homes with red tile roofs minutes away from the beach, and a blend of bright colors coming together to form what is the local flora. Or maybe they think of the Northwest: forests of pine trees running up to the water’s edge, streets wet from rain or drizzle, earthy-toned homes with rustic interiors, and coastal Native American themes running throughout.

No matter what the location, culture, or traditional architectural style, people are finding ways to incorporate barn door hardware into their home interiors. It is a trend that is spreading from coast to coast, and even up into Canada. With a variety of available finishes ranging from a contemporary Flat Black to the rustic Unfinished, homeowners are loving this interior design option more and more for their doorways!

Changing Cabinet Hardware Knobs Can Make a Big Impact

Most of us live in homes where we consider design as something we think about when we buy upholstery, tables and chairs, lamps, flooring and artwork. Design enters our kitchens and baths when we choose cabinets, tile, lighting, countertops, and even shower curtains and towels.

Some people believe that even the smallest details in our homes can reflect our style. Why shouldn’t everything we use, everything we touch, be something that is beautiful, something that we love?

The design world is filled with artists who let us show our inner art lover shine. A number of artists and hardware manufacturers give us the chance to be art collectors on a miniature scale. Their product-cabinet hardware knobs.

Yes, cabinet hardware knobs are plentiful in hardware stores, home improvement centers, and home décor websites. You are very likely to find anything you could imagine you would want to grace the doors and drawers in you kitchen, bathroom, and furniture. But it’s the things that you might not imagine, though, that can really draw you in after you know what to look for and check them out.

A kitchen or bath in a restored or period-style home call for cabinet hardware knobs that recall the time when these homes were first built. Reproductions are abundant, but it’s an accomplishment to honor the details that truly reflect the home’s heyday. A careful search of the Internet can yield hardware rendered in meticulous detail-the elegant geometry of the Art Deco era with a polished chrome in nickel and zinc finish, the gracious pineapple and floral motifs of the Southern Plantation style, and the hand-forged looks of Colonial America can complete the authentic look of your historic home. You can suffice with a look-alike, but when you’re striving for excellence, a little online legwork can perfectly complete your project.

For some people, it’s not about finding the perfect hardware that reflects design of the past. Instead, it’s about finding the perfect original treasure. Do you love depression glass? You can find cabinet hardware knobs in the colors of depression glass, molded and then etched in a traditional floral design. No, it’s not reproduction. Instead, it pays homage to the shapes, colors and design of an earlier time, but in a very current way.

Maybe you’re the type of person who likes to add sparkle and glow to a simple outfit. A colorful crystal bracelet and a shimmery blouse under a classic suit are your trademarks. While you might have simple white cabinets in your bathroom, you can dress them up with cabinet hardware knobs with colorful satin finishes, and a single colorful rhinestone centered on the handle to your jewelry cabinet or your makeup drawer. Why not enjoy a tiny iridescent sculpture every day?

Artists from medieval and Renaissance times created striking stained glass windows for cathedrals throughout Europe. The appeal of stained glass has not waned. What would you think about installing tiny stained glass treasures on the built-in cabinets in your den? Custom-made cabinet hardware knobs, built like tiny stained glass windows, would be a gorgeous addition for the home of an art lover.

If you like a handcrafted objects for your home, you’ve seen ceramic craftsman who create original tableware, serving dishes, baskets, vases, pitchers, colanders, bathroom accessories and lamps.. If you fill your home with these everyday works of art, and if you want to appreciate their fine work on a much tinier scale, you can find a cabinet hardware knobs in original designs, too. The colors, lines, and finishes you admire in the handcrafted kitchenware you collect can complete the look of your cabinets.

Opening the Door on Hardware Purchasing

Nowadays we sometimes hear people saying that they need to change door hardware. What does that really mean and why should you do this? Door hardware refers to any part (hardware) that can be added, change, modified in order to obtain some benefits. Any door (when purchased) comes with a special set of door hardware. It should be used to mount the door and is not necessarily esthetic. Because of this more and more people are turning towards different parts to modify or add to their door.

Most people will decorate and use door hardware for the main door of the house. Why do that? There are two big answers to the question. The first one refers to security. You might want to add door hardware in order to make your lock better and your door harder to break. The second one is purely aimed towards design. Some small door hardware parts can do wonders and can create a special appearance. It is not uncommon to add to the door. What is different is taking from it. Some people like the door to look as old as possible. This means that either the individual does not care or he/she just likes simple doors, without add-ons.

If you want to modify a door using door hardware there are some steps that need to be taken. First of all you will have to see what type of door you have. This is because not all models are the same. For instance, sliding door hardware is 100% different than pocket door hardware. Start measuring the door! You will need to write down how tall the door is and what type it is (normal, sliding etc.), the measurement of the knob and how wide it is. Armed with these details you will be able to purchase the perfect door hardware.

Some accessories might, at any time, turn into really good offers. What needs to be understood from the previous statement is that sales are always available. Be on the look out and spot your favorite door hardware. When it goes on sale you can purchase it and you will have saved money. Door hardware is very common and the ease of installation makes it possible for some people to do the jobs of professionals. On the other hand, if you do not know what you are doing, you might just end up breaking the door instead of making it more appealing or simply better.

Door hardware is very common. It is currently sold on thousands of web sites and specialized stores across the USA and Europe. Purchasing something to make your house entrance look better is always a good investment (unless the price was not right or quality has flaws). Stay informed and be on the look out for the best and most beautiful parts out there. Do not say “Great, they have it, I’ll take it tomorrow”. Tomorrow you might need to do something else so this is a total waste of time and money.