Is European Door Hardware Superior?

Although the door was undoubtedly invented in either Europe or the Middle East, It was an American who received the first patent for the device that made it useful and ubiquitous. The doorknob was invented in 1878 by an American inventor by the name of Osbourn Dorsey. The mechanism did not make him famous, but it did give every user some much needed privacy. There is no way to know exactly how many doorknobs are sold each year, since they are as necessary and as commonplace as nails and screws on a construction site. With that said, door hardware is not a generic commodity. There are differences between doorknobs and locksets that are designed in the U.S. and those that are made overseas. Which are better?

Like most things, it depends on who you ask. European door hardware is becoming increasingly popular in large hotels, especially those that cater to tourists. The differences between the two types of door hardware aren’t necessarily night and day, but they are easy enough to distinguish. Let us take a moment to discuss them.


As a general rule, European door hardware is smaller than its American counterpart. There is really no practical reason … Read More