Do I Need a Door Handle on Privacy Plate or a Door Handle on Bathroom Plate?

Do I Need a Door Handle on Privacy Plate or a Door Handle on Bathroom Plate?
privacy door handles & bathroom door handles The above question is often asked as these handles look very similar to the uninitiated. If you wish to replace an existing door handle and leave your existing mechanisms in place, then it is important to know if you have a ‘privacy’ handle or a ‘bathroom’ handle. First things first;   check whether you have a tubular mortice latch in the door or a full bathroom mortice lock.  A tubular mortice latch is a simple mechanism with a latch bolt only (a triangular shaped metal component) which goes in and out when the door handle is pushed down and released. A full bathroom mortice lock is a larger mechanism with a latch bolt at the top and a dead bolt further down (a rectangular shaped metal component).  You will see a much longer metal plate (face plate) on the edge of the door. If you have a tubular mortice latch in the door, then you have a ‘privacy’ handle.  There are a number of door handles on privacy plate on our website, the majority of them on a ‘short’ plate which is generally between 100mm and 120mm long.   These handles tend to have the more traditionally styled levers such as the Victorian or Scroll shape.  They do, however, come in all of the most popular finishes, such as polished brass, antique brass, polished chrome, satin chrome and satin nickel. If you have a full bathroom mortice lock in the door, then you have a ‘bathroom’ handle.  All the door handles on backplate that we sell have a bathroom version, so there is a huge choice available in just about any style or finish that you might wish for. Both ‘privacy’ door handles and ‘bathroom’ door handles have a thumb turn knob on the handle that is fitted to the inside of the door.  When this knob is turned the door is locked.  If you have a ‘privacy’ handle then turning the knob will activate a mechanism in the handle which stops the lever part of the handle from moving.  If you have a ‘bathroom’ handle then turning the knob will operate the dead bolt in the bathroom mortice lock sending it across the door and into the strike plate in the door frame.  Both of these actions will prevent the door from being opened from the outside. Both types of handle have a release on the handle that is fitted to the outside of the door.  This is a small round component fitted to the backplate with a slot across the middle.  A coin or flat screwdriver can be inserted into the slot and, when turned, this will release the locking mechanism and the door can be opened.  This is a safety mechanism, used only when the door needs to be opened in an emergency.