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What type of latch do I need?

Tubular mortice latch: the most common type of latch and the easiest to fit as they have a narrow tubular barrel which means a smaller hole is required in your door. Available in standard versions which can be used with sprung lever handles/knobs, and heavy-duty versions designed for use with unsprung lever handles/knobs.

Horizontal latch: larger than tubular mortice latches so they can be used if you want your lever handle/knob to be located further away from the edge of the door frame.

Rim/bathroom latch: surface-fitted to a door and enables locking/unlocking from one side of the door without need for a key.

Nightlatch: morticed into the frame of an exterior door and automatically lock the door when closed. Often used alongside a 5 lever deadlock for security. Also have a snib button which can be pressed to allow the nightlatch to operate as a standard latch.

Touch latch: used primarily for pocket doors. Allows the pocket door to sit flush inside the pocket until it's pushed which releases the door from the pocket.

What size latch do I need?

The most important measurement when choosing a latch is the ‘backset’, which determines the location of the centre of the door knob/handle (the spindle) in relation to the edge of the door. For example, a 2.5” latch has a backset of 44mm, which means that the centre of the door knob will be 44mm from the edge of the door. When using a door knob, we recommend using a latch that’s 3” or bigger to ensure the knob is an appropriate distance from the edge of the door and that you don’t catch your knuckles when opening it.

What is a latch?

A latch is a mechanism used to hold a door in place without offering any security i.e. anyone can operated a latch without the need for a key.